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Ham and Swiss Griddle Cakes

Remember those Bacon & Corn Griddle Cakes I posted sometime last year?  They were an all-around hit with RecipeGirl readers, so I played around with the recipe a bit and created a new griddle cake:  Ham and Swiss Griddle Cakes

My family thought I was weird for posting that last version (until they tasted it, of course).  This time around they were much more receptive to my griddle cake creation.  Think: Ham and Swiss Cheese sandwich with sweet maple glaze.  That’s what this recipe is all about.

Tiny ham chunks and shredded Swiss are mixed into the griddle cake batter.

I topped it all off with a little more ham and cheese…

…before dousing it all with warm maple syrup.

And then, we ate it.  And we actually DID eat it for breakfast, but it’s nice as a Breakfast-for-Dinner option too.  Feedback from my family:  My husband, “It’s different.  It’s good!”  My kiddo:  “It’s cool.  I can taste the cayenne pepper so be sure to let parents know not to put in too much of that.”  Me: “More Swiss cheese please!  Yum!

Yield: Six 4-inch griddle cakes

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ham and Swiss Griddle Cakes


1 cup finely chopped ham
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup All Purpose Gold Medal® Flour
1 heaping tablespoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
3/4 cup + shredded Swiss cheese
warm maple syrup, for serving


1. In a medium skillet, cook the ham pieces until they begin to brown. Add the onion and continue to cook until the ham has browned slightly and the onion is softened. Scoop out a heaping tablespoonful of the ham mixture for topping the griddle cakes upon serving- set it aside.

2. While the ham is cooking, whisk together the flour, chives, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, egg, and oil just until combined. Stir in the ham/onion mixture and 3/4 cup cheese. The mixture will be thick and lumpy. You can add another tablespoon of milk if it seems too thick.

3. Heat a griddle or large skillet and spray with nonstick spray. Pour a heaping 1/4-cup of the batter onto the griddle and cook until it is golden brown- 3 to 4 minutes, the flip for an additional 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.

4. Serve stacks of 2 or 3 topped with an additional sprinkle of Swiss cheese (optional) and warm maple syrup.


More Ham and Swiss themed recipes on these fabulous food blogs:
Hot and Melty Oven- Baked Swiss Sandwiches by Buns in My Oven
Ham, Swiss, Avocado and Spinach Panini by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Pie by Joy the Baker 
Ham and Asparagus Quiche by Weelicious 
Hot Ham and Cheese Rosemary Bread by Food For My Family 


  1. postedMar 28, 2013 5:09 AM

    Dam! That is one good looking pancake/griddle cake! I want these for breakfast, right now!! Awesome recipe!!! Yum!!

  2. postedMar 28, 2013 5:20 AM

    These look insanely good!

  3. postedMar 28, 2013 5:53 AM

    I think my family would like these for dinner, but instead of maple syrup, possibly a swiss cheese sauce. I might also think about carmelized onions for these. These and the bacon/corn griddle cakes will be featured this summer as a light meal or side dish! Brilliant!

  4. postedMar 28, 2013 7:43 AM

    These look incredible, Lori! I remember those bacon & corn griddle cakes very well! Can’t wait to try these!

  5. postedMar 28, 2013 8:00 AM
    April @BarbellsandBellinis

    Very Monte Cristoish – which happen to be one of my favorite brunch sandwiches ever. Yum!

  6. postedMar 28, 2013 8:08 AM

    These look so amazing, Lori! I’ve been wanting to play around with more savory pancakes/griddle cakes. Love this!

  7. postedMar 28, 2013 8:13 AM

    Oh my Lord, these look outrageously good! I’ve got to check out your bacon and corn griddle cakes too.

  8. postedMar 28, 2013 9:39 AM

    Oh my! That is just plain outrageous. And fantastic. 🙂

  9. postedMar 28, 2013 9:54 AM

    Mmmm…savory pancakes! Think I would just lightly pour some melted butter over the top and dig in! Love ham and Swiss cheese, Lori! xo

  10. postedMar 28, 2013 10:02 AM

    I’m with Karen! Carmelized onions! And maybe I’ll throw some sweet red peppers into the mix! MAN…..I love ham and Swiss! I can make these g-free in a heartbeat! I will make these but I won’t promise to share…..

  11. postedMar 28, 2013 11:36 AM
    Shannon @ Skinny Sometimes

    These look amazing! Definitely the perfect weekend breakfast. Can’t wait to make them.

  12. postedMar 28, 2013 11:57 AM

    Well, I loved the last iteration of these, so of course I’m going to try this variety!

  13. postedMar 28, 2013 12:20 PM
    Kate @ Only Cake Pops

    OMG. So wrong and yet SO right! I can’t be the only one thinking how many pounds of weight I’d gain overnight from eating that … 🙂

  14. postedMar 28, 2013 12:47 PM

    YUM! Love this! And the swiss sounds like the perfect addition to it. And I love the maple syrup on top. Sweet, salty and spicy all the way! 😀

  15. postedMar 28, 2013 5:35 PM

    We just love your bacon and corn cakes, can’t wait to try these! Thank you for sharing . YUM!YUM!

  16. postedMar 28, 2013 7:01 PM

    Loved reading the feedback from your family! And I love anything that’s sweet and salty deliciousness!

  17. postedMar 28, 2013 8:28 PM

    WOW! That is a serious litte cake! Looks so yummy!

  18. postedMar 29, 2013 7:36 AM

    Oh Lori! My mouth is watering. These sound amazing. My mom used to make corn cakes and of course everything is better with bacon. I really like these though. Breakfast for dinner, dinner for breakfast… It all works for me. : )

  19. postedMar 29, 2013 10:43 AM

    Lori that looks amazing, and I’m going to try it with some Gruyere I’ve got burning a hole in my freezer. Damn cheese. Keeps ruining the appliances.

  20. postedMar 29, 2013 1:03 PM
    Lisa Cornely

    Great Idea Lori. I found this post this morning when looking for something to make the kids for breakfast on our day off together. It was easy to pull together and turned out great. Was a big hit with all.

  21. postedMar 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    Those griddle cakes look so good! I always enjoy the sweet and savoury ham, swiss and syrup combo!

  22. postedMar 29, 2013 3:21 PM

    My mouth is watering like crazy. I love everything about this recipe; it couldn’t be more perfect.

  23. postedMar 29, 2013 3:41 PM

    Oh my GOODNESS. These look incredible, Lori!

  24. postedMar 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    These look so good! I love to bake hams and I’m always looking for ways to use up the leftovers. This is so perfect. I think I’d add a little red pepper but that’s just because I’m addicted to their flavor and color.

  25. postedMar 29, 2013 5:53 PM

    Those griddle cakes look perfect for a weeknight dinner… and with baseball season getting started here, I’m all about filling easy dinners!

  26. postedMar 29, 2013 9:44 PM

    Holy yum! Can I come to your house for breakfast tomorrow?!

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  28. postedMar 30, 2013 2:24 PM

    What a brilliant idea 🙂 this looks so tasty!

  29. postedMar 31, 2013 1:47 PM

    These griddle cakes look amazing, Lori! Love ham and cheese combo!

  30. postedApr 1, 2013 2:10 PM

    Looks good — especially with that glistening syrup. YUM! Thanks for including a link to my recipe too, Lori!!

  31. postedApr 5, 2013 10:50 PM
    Summer @ Mallow and Co

    Made this for dinner tonight – it was a fun way to mix up pancakes!

  32. postedJul 17, 2015 7:14 PM

    These are a home run! How do you keep your griddle cakes so circular and uniformed? Mines spread out and weren’t as cute to stack.

    • postedJul 21, 2015 6:24 AM

      My batter was pretty thick, so I was able to just scoot the batter into a circle shape without much trouble.

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