Spicy Nori Shake

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This tasty Nori Shake is largely inspired by a recipe from Mark Bittman, in his incredible cookbook How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. His books are so stellar because he packs them with recipes, but also includes the theory and the know how that you need in order to create your own recipes. Empowering! That's my kind of cookbook.

This "Shake" is delicious on pretty much everything. When the seaweed meets anything hot (think steamed rice, sautéed veggies or hot pasta) it sticks in the most delightful way, infusing the food with a salty, spicy, nutty kick! It's the best. Not to mention the nutrition blast you are getting from the seaweed, that otherwise might be tough to sneak into your diet.

To the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 full sized sheets of nori seaweed (the kind used for sushi wrappers)
  • 2 dried hot chili peppers (or about 1 T chili flakes)
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet or shallow pan on the stove until it is pretty hot, then set at medium high heat.
  2. Place the sheets of seaweed in the skillet to toast. Move it around briskly so that it doesn't stick to the pan. As the seaweed heats up, it will turn a brighter green and become more brittle. When the sheets have turned bright green, remove from heat.
  3.  While the pan is still hot, add the sesame seeds and toast for about a minute, or until they are browned. They will want yo hop out of the pan--so watch yourself! A lid may be in order.
  4. Put the toasted seaweed, sesame seeds, and chillies (spice it to your taste) in a blender or a food processor and blend until the mixture is coarsely chopped.
  5. That's it! Put the shake in a covered container and keep it in the refrigerator. It should keep for about 2 weeks.

To Serve: Try this stuff on everything! You will be dazzled by the flavor it adds to plain rice, salads, and steamed veggies.

I recently barbecued corn on the cob (because it is that oh-so-sweet time of year) and added butter, a bit of Parmesan cheese, and a liberal dousing of this Nori Shake! It was out if this world.

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Give it a try and let me know all the ways you shake this shake!

Enjoy!