The Edible Bracket 2011

Last year's winners of the MNCAAPG Best Bracket contest are back. This March Madness season, we will be documenting foods associated with the competing schools. Consider it March Madness, Top Chef Edition.

Princeton Tigers (Princeton, NJ): Pancakes

princeton pancakes

Several years ago, we took a trip to visit Guest Chef Jon during his brief sojourn in Princeton.  The trip’s main benefit was to convince us that Princeton is a boring town, and that Jon should move to NYC ASAP (which he promptly did the following semester).  But on this trip we also visited Princeton mainstay PJ’s Pancake House. 

We can’t really remember what the pancakes at PJ’s tasted like—they were probably pretty good—but what we do remember is that PJ’s is a restaurant that must have figured out pretty quickly that the internet was for real; after all, their website is (IHOP must be seriously jealous).

So in honor of Princeton’s (brief) trip to the Big Show, we cooked up some

princeton pancakes cooking


from Bon Appetit

1/2 cup flour

1 tbsp. cornmeal

1 tbsp. brown sugar (packed)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 egg (or thereabouts)

3/4 tbsp. butter, melted

1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir together

2. Whisk together buttermilk, yogurt and the egg.  Then whisk into the dry ingredients until ingredients are combined, but still lumpy.

3. Mix in melted butter.

4. Heat some butter over medium heat in a nonstick skillet.  When skillet is hot, drop batter on skillet in desired size.  Flip when bubbles appear and pancakes look dry around the edges.

5. Repeat with remaining batter.  Serves 2.