Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Furikake Chex Mix

Furikake is a Japanese condiment of sorts, comprised of bits of dry roasted seaweed and sesame seeds.  Sometime it'll also contain dried fish and bonito flakes.  It's salty, umami-packed flavor make a delicious meal when sprinkled atop plain rice.  In this snack, it's sprinkled on crunchy Chex or Crispix cereal that's coated in a savory sweet syrup.  The combination of savory, sweet, and crunchy make this a dangerously addictive snack.  Before we knew it, we had eaten the entire batch within 48 hours!  Some people like to add pretzel sticks, popcorn, Bugles, or other items, but I like to keep my Furikake "Chex Mix" pure and simple.

Furikake Chex Mix
serves 6-8 

1 box Crispix or Chex cereal (I prefer Crispix.  It's more 3D shape gives a greater crunch!)
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup light corn syrup or honey
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 bottle Nori Fumi Furikake
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line two sheet pans with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Heat butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat until butter melts and sugars dissolve.  Add oil, corn syrup or honey, and soy sauce and continue stirring.  TIP: Measure the oil out first.  Then when you go measure the corn syrup or honey, the measuring cup will be lightly coated with oil and the corn syrup or honey won't stick to the cup.  When everything is well mixed, remove from heat.
  3. Place the cereal in a large mixing bowl, working in two batches if necessary.  Drizzle some of the syrup over the cereal and carefully mix with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle some Furikake over the cereal and mix carefully.  Continue drizzling syrup, sprinkling Furikake, and mixing until the cereal is well coated.
  4. Spread cereal in a single layer on the two baking sheets.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Let cereal cool before eating.  Can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days, but it may be all gone well before then!

1 comment:

  1. Trying this right now! It looks just like what we wanted, a "cereal only" recipe! Thanks! ;-)