French Fridays with Dorie – Seaweed Sables

Seaweed cookies, you say? Kinda sounds terrible right? That’s what I thought. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sushi so I’ve eaten plenty of nori in my life, but having it in a cookie is a new experience for me. I haven’t bought nori in quite awhile because making sushi at home seems sort of fruitless when you don’t live near a fresh seafood market. We’ve done it a couple of times but true confessions: I suck at making rice and having only crab sushi is boring. So back to the package of nori – it was $9.50! Yikes! But since I had everything else for this recipe on hand, I thought it wasn’t that big of a deal. I actually read the back of the bag this time and toasted the nori over a burner until it turned green. I never did that before and it was pretty cool!

The nori was an interesting texture – very crispy and kind of hard to cut. I had to tear it into smaller pieces before working it over pretty hard with a santoku. It ended up more shattered than diced. It was all shiny and pointy, kind of like fish scales or something.

I mixed up these little babies at work and we were all pretty skeptical about them. The bag of nori said it was the sweetest seaweed so that made me feel a little better but still. I formed the little eensy logs and put them in the fridge to chill. It didn’t seem like very much dough to split in two but then I figured they were supposed to be kinda mini, almost like little crackers since it said they were cocktail nibbles.

We just got in a shipment of all different kinds of flavored salts and I used Murray River Pink Salt in the cookies and some fine fleur de Sel to sprinkle on the top. Isn’t it all pretty and crystally looking? They only baked for about 10 or 11 minutes before they were done so maybe mine are a little bit smaller than they’re supposed to be. We were all pleasantly surprised by these guys. They have such an interesting taste – they sort of remind me of rice crackers, which smell really weird and at first taste are kind of hmmmm but then they grow on you. I could see myself eating a whole plateful of them before I realized it. Hope everyone else liked them too!