Enjoy Butcherman Bacon the Okonomirosti Way
If there’s one thing we enjoy above all others, it’s combining great dishes to start new traditions. Fusion cuisine has the freedom to draw from cultures separated by thousands of miles from one another, bring together fantastic flavours, and incorporate modern sensibilities, such as quick preparation and cooking times. In this article, we’ll be sharing a fantastic dish called Okonomirosti, which is, true to form, a completely made up fusion name for a bacon lover’s dream breakfast—or lunch, or snack. We’re not judging. After the recipe, we’ll also provide some background on the two great culinary creations that were brought together in this 30 minute kitchen wunderkind.
• 4 tbsp cooking oil of your choice
• salt, to taste
• 1 large sweet onion, grated
• 2 c fresh cabbage, finely chopped
• 8 potatoes, grated without peel
• 4 rashers of Butcherman Bacon, sliced into thin strips
• 1 c sharp cheddar, grated
For the sauce, blend together 1/3 cup tomato paste, 3 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon of fresh, grated ginger.
In a large bowl, bring together your potatoes, onion, cabbage, corn, and bacon. Generously season this mixture with salt.
Next, heat your oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Distribute about half of the potato mixture over the heated surface of the pan and sprinkle with cheese. Allow this to cook for a minute, then spread the remainder of your potatoes on top. Cook for ten to twelve minutes.
For the next step you’ll need a platter large enough to cover the skillet entirely. Place this over your skillet of potatoes and invert the pan, tipping the whole pancake onto the platter. Then, slide the pancake back into the pan and cook for another ten to twelve minutes. This will ensure that your bacon dream dish is crispy and golden brown on every side.
Once you’ve removed the pancake back to its platter following cooking, you have the option of brushing the dipping sauce over the surface and drizzling with the Japanese mayonnaise. Whether you take this step or serve the sauce on the side, sprinkle the pancake generously with the chives you’ve prepared.
Garnish with a 1/3 c Japanese mayonnaise and sprinkle with finely chopped chives.
A Little Background
Okonomiyaki is a cultural dish from Japan, its name translating directly as “what you like/want, grilled.” It exists as a cloud of delicious possibilities, and from the scores of different recipes there are two predominate preparation styles. The first simply tosses the desired ingredients in a batter, which is then grilled to create a pancake or crepe of sorts. The second is much like a taco—a soft crepe is prepared, which is then filled with the desired ingredients and grilled. What’s not to love?
Rosti is a Swiss comfort food dish. It consists of only the best basics—grated potatoes and rich butter. Like Okonomiyaki, it’s a cultural dish that has variations from different regions. But the essential nature of this food is clear: to enjoy unadulterated starch and fat. You can understand that, with the climate of Switzerland, a snack or breakfast food that incorporates these things isn’t a bad start for the day, which often includes vigorous activities out of doors in all weather.
The Nutrition Behind the Yum
Surprisingly, while our palates are influenced by more broadly reaching cultural trends, the human taste for fat, salt, and starch is largely unchanged from what it was in our evolutionary environment. No matter where in the world we are, you’ll find that everyone responds well to their own cultural version of these foods. They’re also the three components present in most comfort food—even sweet deserts.
The particular beauty of this fusion dish is that it makes all our Bacon Fantasies come true—a food that is both fatty and salty combined with the starchy goodness of fresh potatoes and a host of beneficial foods, such as cabbage, onion, and corn. A medium potato contains as much potassium as a banana. Onions and cabbage provide a ton of necessary nutrients, and corn offers essential insoluble fibre for digestive health.
What’s more is that, when you source your bacon from a company that prides itself on high quality products, such as Butcherman, you wind up enjoying a more nutritious food than that which comes from a basic supermarket cold case. So, while it may taste naughty, this breakfast bonanza is a secret cache of good health. Just don’t eat a whole one every day. Moderation in all things, as the Immoderate Greeks said.