This was such an interesting group of ingredients that I could
not imagine the end result. The nori was easy enough to purchase,
but there were no instructions other than to make sushi.
I researched the internet and the only information I could find
was to heat it in a fry pan until the color turned green. Actually, mine
started to turn brown so I decided that was not good. When I tasted the
nori I was undecided whether or not to continue with the recipe -
the taste was horrible. When I finally stopped tasting fish,
I decided to go ahead and finish.
The batter mixed well and I gathered it into a ball and cut it
in half, making (2) 8" rolls that I refrigerated for several hours.
I baked each tray separately as Dorie suggested and only had
to add about two minutes to the cooking time.
I was really surprised how well they turned out. Different, but nice.
A bit like a cookie, but with the salt topping, it was also a little like
a snack type cracker. It did not have the flavor of seaweed or fish as the
nori did when I tasted it plain. I would like to use this recipe again with some
of the other ingredients that Dorie suggests, such as the olives or the cheese.
All of these additions would make a great snack to have with a glass of wine.
Sorry to "bail" again but Nana also made these far in advance and I
still have a container of the "shrimp cookies" sitting on my counter.
Needless to say - we simply didn't need another batch. I don't believe
the last ones are going to get consumed as it is.
This is not to say that these were a disaster.
Taste testing the "seaweed cookies" was quite the adventure around
here. My husband and sons all agreed that it was a very "confusing" item
to describe since it was clearly sweet yet clearly salty as well. Sort of a
rich and savory Danish butter cookie with a lot of salt. Even while eating
them we could not quite get our heads and taste buds around these.
The truth is that there was a distinct fishey after taste and none of us
wanted to keep consuming this amount of butter and sugar
for a "fish cookie". Interesting or not. And it was interesting.
Thanks Dorie, for the adventure and thanks Nana, for the hard work.
Happy French Friday.