Okonomiyaki Recipe (with endless variations!)

Pretty easy and delicious supper tonight: somewhat Westernized okonomiyaki, with slices of Polish sausage on one side and bacon on the other. We had both to use up, and it worked about as well together as I expected.

The veggie base tonight: Savoy cabbage because that’s what the store had, grated carrot, a few thinly sliced mushrooms, and some green onion. (I imagine the bagged coleslaw mix would save a lot of effort, where that’s available. Wish I could get it here.) I also used veggie broth powder instead of dashi, which gave a nice flavor, and a basic GF flour with about half the usual amount of baking powder added.

I made one for Mr. C with sliced smoked cheese in the middle, which he said was a great addition. Oddly enough, I wasn’t in the mood for cheese, so didn’t try any myself.

Tip: For me, covering the pan while it’s cooking works better to make sure it cooks through properly. A lot of other recipes will suggest that, but this one doesn’t for some reason. My cast iron skillet didn’t come with a lid, so I just set another bigger pan on top whenever it needs one 😅

Sauces: I made some ranch-type garlic dressing, and had mine with that and Sweet Baby Ray’s d̶r̶i̶z̶z̶l̶e̶d̶ glopped on top, plus some green onion.

(Tomato-based barbecue sauces are not that far off okonomiyaki sauce, and it works well to my taste anyway. If you want to mix up something more authentic, here are a couple of recipes.)

Either okonomiyaki sauce or barbecue sauce is too sweet for Mr. C’s taste, so he had a little Dijon mustard spread on, along with the garlic dressing and green onion. And seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Some other ideas to play around with: alternative okonomiyaki sauces

Okonomiyaki Recipe (with endless variations!)



The “if voting did anything they’d make it illegal” quip is a pretty strong argument that voting matters a lot, because they’ve been consistently trying to make or keep voting illegal for poor and marginalized peoples for several centuries now

I mean check out what’s going on in Georgia and North Dakota this week alone if you have any doubts.



Note to vacationing non-Americans: while it’s true that America doesn’t always have the best food culture, the food in our restaurants is really not representative of what most of us eat at home.  The portions at Cheesecake Factory or IHOP are meant to be indulgent, not just “what Americans are used to.”

If you eat at a regular American household, during a regular meal where they’re not going out of their way to impress guests, you probably will not be served twelve pounds of chocolate-covered cream cheese.  Please bear this in mind before writing yet another “omg I can’t believe American food” post.

Also, most American restaurant portions are 100% intended as two meals’ worth of food. Some of my older Irish relatives still struggle with the idea that it’s not just not rude to eat half your meal and take the rest home, it’s expected. (Apparently this is somewhat of an American custom.)