- 8 slices turkey bacon
- 2 ripe pears, such as Bartlett or Bosc, peeled, cored and chopped
- 4 McIntosh, Honey Crisp, Gala or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 cup cloudy apple cider (eyeball it)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup maple syrup plus 2 tablespoons (eyeball it), divided
- 1 pound ground turkey breast
- 1 tablespoon grill seasoning (about a palmful)
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (about 1/3 palmful)
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (about 1/3 palmful)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Buckwheat pancake mix, prepared according to package directions to yield 12 cakes
- 4 eggs
Pre-heat the oven to 375ºF.
Bake the bacon until crisp, 10 minutes. Remove from oven and reserve.
Reduce the oven heat to warm.
Place the pears, apples, cider and cinnamon stick in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and cook until a chunky sauce forms, 12-15 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of maple syrup and remove the cinnamon stick. Cover the pot and keep it warm over low heat until ready to serve.
While the sauce is simmering, combine the ground turkey with the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup, grill seasoning, fennel seeds and poultry seasoning. Form four large, thin sausage patties – you want them the same size as the pancakes, about 4 inches across.
Heat 1 tablespoon of EVOO in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey patties and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
While the patties are cooking, heat a griddle pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Wrap the butter into a folded paper towel and swipe a touch of butter across the hot skillet. Make 12 buckwheat pancakes, about 4 inches across each, keeping the finished ones warm in the oven as you go.
Place a medium skillet over medium-high heat with the remaining tablespoon of EVOO, about one turn of the pan. Cook the eggs over medium heat, any style that you prefer.
To serve, stack one sausage patty, one pancake, one egg, one pancake, two strips of bacon and one pancake on plates. Spoon a hearty helping of the pear-apple-maple sauce over the top and serve 'em up!
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