Cultivar restaurant Mary Dumont’s grilled peak-of-spring fresh morels and fiddleheads skewers come with a pungent sesame seed-bonito-dulse topper.
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8 wooden skewers
Peeled zest of 1/2 meyer lemon
3/4 cup white sesame seeds
Drizzle of toasted sesame seed oil
Fine sea salt
1 pound fresh fava beans, shelled (1 cup)
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1/4 cup dried bonito
1/4 cup dried dulse seaweed
12 fresh morels, rinsed and dried
8 fiddlehead ferns
Pea shoots, for garnish
How to Make It
In a medium bowl, soak the skewers in water. Spread the meyer lemon zest on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave at high in 2-minute bursts, until the zest is dehydrated but still plump, about 8 minutes total. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
In a medium skillet, toast 1/2 cup of the white sesame seeds over moderately high heat until they begin to pop, about 1 minute; let cool. In a food processor, puree the sesame seeds with the sesame oil until smooth. Season the tahini with salt.
Fill a small bowl with ice water. In a medium saucepan of boiling water, cook the fava beans until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and transfer to the ice water to cool, about 1 minute. Drain, then peel and discard the tough outer skins. In a food processor, pulse the beans with the tahini until chunky smooth. Season with salt.
In the same skillet, toast the black sesame seeds with the remaining 1/2 cup of white sesame seeds over moderately high heat until they begin to pop, about 1 minute; let cool. In a mortar, pound the mixed sesame seeds with the dehydrated lemon zest, bonito, dulse and 2 teaspoons of salt until the furikake mix is finely ground.
Preheat a grill or a grill pan. On pairs of parallel wooden skewers, alternate each morel with 2 fiddleheads, beginning and ending with a morel. Brush with grapeseed oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred, about 3 minutes total. Transfer to a carving board and slide the vegetables off the skewers.
Swipe a large spoonful of the hummus across each plate. Arrange the vegetables on top. Generously sprinkle with the furikake mix, garnish with the pea shoots and serve.
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