It's sad to wake up one day and realize that your life has been incomplete, but that's pretty much how I felt when I learned that I had never celebrated Mardi Gras as Pancake Tuesday, and, most egregiously, never participated in a pancake race.
The race I most want to participate in is the one which takes place in Buckinghamshire in the UK, and has been held since 1445 (meaning I really have no excuse for not having heard of it.) Participants in the race must complete a not-insubstantial 415 yard course, flipping their pancakes at either end. Men who participate in the race dress up as housewives.
Until I make this an official part of America's traditions—my new life goal—I'll have to make due with eating a giant plate of pancakes and practicing my flip. Click through the slideshow to see 10 great recipes for the task.
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Roasted Banana Chocolate Pancakes
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Whole Wheat Pancakes with Boozy Peaches
Gluten-Free Cream Cheese Pancakes
Pancakes With Apricot-Bourbon Sauce
Maple Bacon Pancakes
Apple Cider Doughnut Pancakes
Kenji's Light and Fluffy Pancakes