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Hiziki Pate

Description

Surprise your friends and family with this mystery cracker spread! They will never guess that the main ingredient is a sea vegetable called hiziki, that naturally contains calcium. The tofu and sesame seeds in this recipe add calcium as well.

Ingredients

1 cup
hiziki, dry
1 cup
water or apple juice (more to achieve desired consistency)
1 tbsp
tamari or shoyu
1⁄2 lb
firm tofu, crumbled with a fork
1⁄4 cup
sesame seeds, toasted, then ground
2 tbsp
white or yellow miso
1⁄2 bunch
parsley, chopped fine
2  
scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions

Soak hiziki in water for 5 minutes and chop fine. Put hiziki in a medium-size pan and add apple juice to cover; bring to simmer. Cover pan and cook until juice is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Toward the end of cooking time, season hiziki with tamari. While hiziki is cooking, prepare other ingredients. Sesame seeds can be toasted in a skillet on the stove for 5-8 minutes, then ground. Gently mix tofu, sesame seeds, miso, parsley and scallions together in a bowl. Let the hiziki cool and then add to the mixture. For a more pureed texture put mixture in a food processor and pulse a few times. Serve with whole-grain crackers, bread or as a side dish. Will keep 3 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

For babies 10 months and older: Serve cubes of plain tofu and finely chopped strands of cooked hiziki.

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Hiziki Pate
Yield
cups
SourceRecipe republished with permission from Bastyr faculty member Cynthia Lair's "Feeding the Whole Family."
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Total time
35 minutes