Okonomyaki (Japanese Savoury Pancake)

This dinner was epic, full of flavour and of course gluten, grain and nut free through the use of Otto's Cassava Flour.

Okonomi means "whatever you like" and so you can use whatever left over vegetables and meat you have got in the fridge.

In this instance I used all veggies: sweet potato, onion, spring onion, choy sum and mushrooms. Chop it all up real small (pea size). I sautéed

 the onion and microwaved the sweet potato for a couple of minutes just to soften them a bit, but the rest was added in raw.

Get 4 large eggs and 100g of Otto's Cassava Flour  and whisk them together until it's a smooth pancake batter consistency, season it all well. Add a bit of water if you need too. Fold in all the veggies.

 

Get a large non stick frypan put it on medium heat with some oil or butter or ghee (whatever takes your fancy) and pour in the pancake mixture. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes on both sides. Flipping can be a struggle but slide it out onto a plate first if your not game to do it in the pan.

Now I also had some beef mince ready to use and was going to make Japanese style meatballs to go with it when I had this great idea. Actually I was probably just lazy and didn't want to get my hands gooey lol. So I took a pancake pan and put a layer of white sesame seeds on the bottom then spread the meatball mixture onto it about 1.5 - 2cm thick. More sesame seeds on top and then into the oven. I had to unscrew the plastic handle off my pancake pan though first.

The meatball mix was simple. 500g lean grass fed organic beef mince, 1 tablespoon of tamari, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons of Otto's Cassava Flour, a splash of rice wine vinegar and mirin seasoning and a tablespoon of maple syrup, season well. The oven was set to 180C and I then cooked it for about 40 mins, I did turn it over in the pan after 30 mins though to brown the other side.

I was going for a layered cake type look and it worked a treat I think.  We drizzled it with hoisin sauce and mayo but you could use, sweet chilli, natural yoghurt, even tomato sauce, let your mind go wild?

Let me tell you though it tasted the bomb and everyone went back for seconds. Gotta be happy with that!