I always like to experiment with food and love to try new and inventive recipes. This dish is inspired by a Dutch (cookbook) author (Amber Albarda). Besides recipes she also gives a lot of background information about food and nutrition, provides tips for a healthy lifestyle with which she show how easy that can be! Maybe I’ll write a review about this book later.
Cabbage is an ingredient that I don’t use that often because I don’t really know what to do with it. Sometimes I use it raw in a salad, but that’s about it. Well, until now that is! I read about this recipe of a ‘Japanese Pizza‘ or ‘Okonomiyaki‘ in the book I mentioned before. A sort of pizza ‘crust’ made of vegetables! I was surprised and sceptical when I read this recipe, but of it also made me very curious and of course I had to give it a try!
Tried and tested! With a few tweaks here and there to the original recipe and I definately like it!
Originally it’s a side dish for 4 persons, and you can ‘top the pizza’ with all the ingredients you like! Because my husband doesn’t like veggies that much (or not at all…) I was sure that he would never eat this dish, so I made it just for me and had it as a main dinner, together with grilled green asparagus.
- 160 Grams of white cabbage (cut into small strips) → I used a different kind of cabbage than the original recipe, but I think it’ll both taste just fine!
- 80 Grams of leek (cut into small rings)
- 60 Grams of speltflour → if you want it to be glutenfree use a glutenfree flour such as Teff, Buckwheat or Chickpea
- 4 tbsp of roasted pinenuts → original recipe used slivered almonds
- 2 Eggs
- 3 tbsp of finely chopped chive
- Pinch of seasalt
- 150 Grams of green asparagus → Optional, you can also use other toppings: (grilled) tomatoes or smoked salmon are two ideas that just come to mind…
Slightly roast the pinenuts in a hot pan. Be careful not to burn them! Mix the cabbage, leek, speltflour, roasted pinenuts, half of the chive and salt in a bowl. Add the 2 eggs and mix into a sticky mess. Heat a frying pan with a little oil and add the mixture to the hot pan. Use the backside of a spoon to flatten it out a little and let it bake for about 4-5 minutes. Now it’s time to turn the ‘pizza’! Slide the pizza onto a plate, place another plate up side down on top of the pizza and flip it over, slide the pizza back into the pan. Add a little oil first if neccesary! Bake for another 4-5 minutes. In the meanwhile grill the green asparagus in a grillpan (or prepare another topping of your choice). Serve the ‘pizza crust’ with the topping and finish with the chive and some salt&pepper to taste!
Tried and tested this recipe? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!