In hindsight with all the big sport events of the past weekend I should have posted this recipe for Fries with Homemade Furikake Seasoning and Wasabi Mayo last Monday already but have been so focussed with shooting my first feature for a magazine in Germany that planning relevant blog posts flew out of the window.
Also known as Seaweed Fries these fries make a delicious delicious umami rich snack and once you start they are hard to resist. The recipe for the Furikake Seasoning makes more than enough seasoning for countless portions of piping hot fries but you can also use it to jazz up roasted vegetables, popcorn, grilled corn on the barbecue in fact any dish that needs a bit of jazzing up. The options are endless.
Plus there is a trick to eating these fries. First of all make sure the fries are crunchy golden and piping hot. Give them a good sprinkle of the Furikake Seasoning and then a good shake to make sure all the fries are coated. Dip a few fries in the wasabi mayo, then for a second dip in the Furikake Seasoning and they are ready to be devoured. Repeat the process until satisfied or the fries have run out!
Furikake Seasoning is a dry Japanese seasoning usually sprinkled on rice and vegetables. It is made of benito flakes, chopped, dried seaweed (I used nori sheets), sesame seeds and some salt and sugar. You dry fry the nori sheets until crispy, place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to a fine texture.
I love seaweed. I am always buying those roasted seaweed snacks from Woolies and when I saw the seaweed fries on a friend’s instagram account I had to make them. Finding benito flakes was a bit tricky but I managed to track them down at Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street in Cape Town. As mentioned, the seasoning will perk up many other ingredients so keeping a batch handy is not a bad idea at all.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Fries with Homemade Furikake Seasoning and Wasabi Mayo. If you’ve made the recipe share it with me by tagging @heinstirred on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #heinstirred.
- Furikake Seasoning :
- 4 sheets nori
- 45g sesame seeds
- 10g bonito flakes
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp sea salt
- To Serve:
- Hot Fries
- Mayonnaise mixed with wasabi (to taste)
- Dry fry the nori sheets individually in a pan over a medium heat for about 7 minutes until it starts to brown and break apart easily
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz to a course mix
- Place the hot fries in a large bowl
- Dress liberally with the furikake and mix well
- Serve immediately with some wasabi mayo and more seasoning on the side
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