Furikake Party Mix
Furikake is used for every kine party you can throw
in Hawai'i, and Christmas is no exception. If you've never been to the islands you might ask "What is it?"
Think Chex Party Mix and you'll be on the right track.
Basic furikake itself is a mixture of finely chopped,
toasted seaweed, sesame seeds and bonita (dried ground fish) usually sprinkled over plain rice in Japan (and in
the Hawaiian islands).
There are more different blends of furikake than
you can shake a chopstick at, and more ways to use it, too, and you should be able to find several varieties in
the Asian foods section at most supermarkets. Different furikake products are usually differentiated by their particular
ingredients, such as in salmon furikake and sesame-and-salt furikake and so on. Choose your poison, as they say.
In this iteration it becomes the flavoring for
a party mix, sprinkled over Crispix or Rice/Wheat Chex and baked. Add bugles, pretzels, nuts - whatever floats
your boat. It's ono Maui wowee! (And so simple I'm a little embarrassed to submit it!)
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- 6 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 C vegetable oil
- 1 bottle Nori Komi Furikake
- 1/2 C Karo light syrup
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 boxes Crispix cereal
Heat first 6 ingredients, stirring to mix, just
until completely melted.
Spread cereal in two baking pans. Drizzle heated
mixture over cereal. Sprinkle furikake over glazed cereal and toss until well mixed.
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring every
15 minutes so all of mixture is evenly cooked.
Cool before storing in airtight container. Note
that no matter how much you make, it will never be enough.