Furikake!

Furikake Chex Mix [04.08.2011]

I'm sure everyone has had Chex mix before whether store bought or homemade and for some it is even a holiday tradition.  Personally, I never had any strong like or dislike of it.  But thanks to BFF from

...Olive Juice...

, I was introduced to this "Asian-inspired" version.  She only mentioned it to me in passing and barely described it to me, but was shocked when I had never had it.  At that point, it already sounded enticing and reminded me of the islands.  Eventually I took to the web and adapted the following recipe (click the following link for the original version):

Steve's Often Copied, Never Duplicated, Furikake Chex Mix

6 c           Crispix Cereal

3 c           Cheddar Goldfish

2 c           Pretzel Sticks

2 c           Cracker Covered Peanuts

1 c           Butter

3/4 c        Light Corn Syrup

2 1/2 T    Soy Sauce

3/4 c        Oil

2 T          Worcestershire Sauce

10 Drops Tobasco

2              2 oz Jars of Nori Komi Furikake, Mishima Brand

Mix together first 4 ingredients on a sheet pan

In a pot, melt butter

Add sugar to butter, dissolve

Add corn syrup, soy sauce, oil, worcestershire sauce and tobasco to butter mixture, stir together

Drizzle onto dry mix and toss together until well coated

Dry out mix in a 250

° oven for 10 minutes

Toss in furikake until evenly distributed

Continue drying out the mixture for 1-2 hrs, tossing every 10-15 minutes, until dry and crunchy

***To test doneness, remove a few pieces from oven and allow to cool down to check for a crunch

***Store in air-tight containers

While I was making the Furikake Chex Mix, the anticipation grew and I became more and more excited to dig in as the 10 minute intervals passed.  I kept sneaking little bites here and there.  When all was done, I was convinced that this was a highly addictive substance - luckily I made a double batch.  Between my family and co-workers, the Furikake Chex Mix did not last long.  Although most ate it up, some wanted a bit of heat - some wasabi peas perhaps or more tobasco sauce next time?  Maybe just more batches...I liked it just the way it was.  The best parts were the pieces on the edge of the pan that I neglected to flip - they stuck together and started to caramelize.

Make a batch - you won't regret it, but your hips might.