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Hiziki Caviar with Lemon Tofu Cream and Chives

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 16 servings (serving size: 3 crackers)
Look for hiziki, a black ribbonlike seaweed, in Asian markets; substitute dried nori seaweed sheets if hiziki isn't available. If your knife skills are rusty, preshredded carrots will do nicely for the garnish. Use the leftover tofu cream as a dip for crudités. Admittedly, this recipe isn't quick, but if you have the time and inclination, it's quite impressive.

Ingredients

  • Caviar:
  • 1 ounce dried hiziki seaweed
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Remaining Ingredients:
  • 1 lemon
  • 48 sesame-flavored rice crackers
  • 1/2 cup Lemon Tofu Cream
  • 48 pieces (1-inch) sliced fresh chives
  • 48 pieces matchstick-cut carrot

Nutrition Information

  • calories 40
  • caloriesfromfat 20 %
  • fat 0.9 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 40 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 1.1 g
  • carbohydrate 7 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 127 mg
  • calcium 16 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare caviar, place seaweed in a large bowl; cover with hot water to 2 inches above seaweed. Cover and let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain. Rinse with cold water, and drain. Place seaweed in a food processor; process until minced.

  2. Heat oils in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add seaweed; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 2/3 cup water, soy sauce, and garlic; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 6 minutes or until liquid evaporates.

  3. To prepare remaining ingredients, peel lemon, and cut lengthwise into 6 wedges. Cut each wedge crosswise into 8 pieces to yield 48 triangles.

  4. Place 1 teaspoon seaweed caviar on each cracker. Place Lemon Tofu Cream in a small zip-top plastic bag; seal. Snip a small hole in 1 corner of bag; pipe about 1/2 teaspoon tofu cream on each cracker. Place 1 lemon triangle, 1 chive piece, and 1 carrot piece on each cracker.