Furikake (Seaweed Seasoning)
Furikake is a savory Japanese seasoning sprinkled on top of cooked rice, vegetables, and fish but can be used on a variety of dishes. It traditionally contains bonito flakes, but the use of nutritional yeast and porcini powder brings an intense savoriness without the fish. Vegetarians rejoice!
Yield: 1-½ cups seasoning
½ cup raw sesame seeds
1-1/2 teaspoon kosher
3 sheets nori (pressed seaweed)
1-2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoon porcini powder
½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
½ teaspoon gochugaru (chili flake)
Heat a dry saute pan over medium-high heat. Pour in sesame seeds and toast, shaking occasionally, until the seeds are fragrant and begin to make small popping sounds.
Pour seeds into a dry bowl and stir in salt. Allow to cool completely.
Using your favorite Forge to Table knife or kitchen shears, cut nori into ¾-inch strips. Stack the strips and cut cross-wise into very thin pieces.
Combine cool sesame seeds with nori. Mix in nutritional yeast, porcini powder, sugar, and gochugaru (if using).
Transfer mixture to a jar with a tight lid and store in a cool, dry place for up to two months. Enjoy!