Food & Entertainment, Outdoor Living

Patio Snacks at the Cottage

Anna Olson

Patio Snacks at the Cottage

Summer is all about soaking up the warm weather outdoors with your family and friends! What better way to enjoy the weather than entertaining on your patio with delicious food and drinks. When entertaining outdoors, finger food is always a great choice.

When having guests over you want quick and easy snacks that won’t keep you in the kitchen. I have the perfect recipe for you, Okonomiyaki. It’s a thick Japanese pancake cut into bite size pieces that you can personalize to your own taste. You can add any assortment of fillings, but cabbage is a classic! Once the pancake is cooked be sure to drizzle your favourite sauces on top such as sour cream or salsa. The more traditional style is a Japanese BBQ sauce and a nice mayonnaise. A great bonus is that you are able to cook this pastry before your guests arrive!


Serves 8 as a side dish or as appetizers.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup water
2 Tbsp beer
2 eggs
2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 tsp vegetable oil

1 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Okonomi sauce (available at Asian grocers)
*You can substitute sour cream and salsa instead of the mayonnaise and okonomi sauce

1. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, water, beer and eggs in a bowl, blend well. Cover and refrigerate for 30-40 minutes to allow the batter to rest.
2. Add the grated cabbage to the batter and blend well but do not overmix.
3. Heat the oil in a 10-inch nonstick pan over medium heat. Pour in the batter and shake gently, spreading the cabbage evenly. Cook 4-6 minutes until the bottom starts to become a golden colour and the pancake begins to rise a little and firm up. Use a spatula to loosen the pancake around the edges.
4. Slide the pancake onto a dinner plate then carefully invert the hot pan over the pancake and flip the entire plate back into the pan to cook the other side. Remove the plate and continue to cook another 4-6 minutes or until golden and firm.
5. To serve, slide the cooked pancake onto a cutting board, drizzle or spread with mayonnaise and Okonomiyaki sauce and cut into bite-size pieces for a starter or wedges to serve as a side dish.

Products Used: Kuraidori Induction Burner, Kuraidori Frypan, Kuraidori Kitchenware, Kuraidori Knives, Patioware


Now you have made the perfect treat to enjoy when entertaining your guests.

Looking for a beverage to serve with Okonomiyaki? It pairs well with any cocktail, but try Anna Olson’s Sangria recipe for a truly perfect patio combination.
Your guests will have a cocktail in one hand and the taste of Okonomiyaki in the other. What a treat!

What fillings did you put in your Okonomiyaki? Share how your finger foods turned out!

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