Inspired by loaded baked potatoes, these dinner-worthy pancakes are studded with crispy bacon, sharp Cheddar and scallions. The addition of cayenne and freshly ground black pepper makes them extra savory. Serve a big green salad alongside to make a complete meal.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Heat a very large skillet or a griddle over medium heat.
Add the bacon to the skillet or griddle and cook, flipping occasionally, until rendered and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then break into bite-size pieces. Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof bowl or measuring cup, then wipe the skillet or griddle with paper towels.
Meanwhile, whisk the flour with the baking powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a large bowl. Beat the eggs with the milk in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just incorporated.
Heat the skillet or griddle over medium heat, and then brush with some of the reserved bacon fat (or use oil if you do not have enough bacon fat). Scoop mounds of the batter in batches using a 1/3 cup measuring cup onto the skillet or griddle. Immediately scatter some of the bacon, scallions and cheese on top. Cook until little bubbles appear on the top of the pancakes, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes with a spatula and cook until barely firm and browned on the bottom, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet, then transfer to the oven to keep warm.
Serve the pancakes with sour cream and hot sauce, topped with more cheese and scallions.