Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite seasonings. You can’t bake bread with it, but you can sprinkle it on nearly anything you’d like to give your dish an extra boost of savory umami-ness. Kale chips are especially addictive when tossed and roasted with nutritional yeast; salads gain another flavor dimension with it; blending it into seeds and nuts creates rich-flavored, satisfying dips for veggies and spreads for sandwiches.
By the way, not only is nutritional yeast tasty, it’s one of the best sources of B12 you’ll find. Check your local health food store for the yeast. It’ll look like flattish yellow flakes, it’ll probably be packaged in a canister or jar … and you should save yourself a lot of hunting by immediately asking a store employee where to find it. Once you’ve gotten it home and opened it, stash it in the fridge for longer storage. (And to make it convenient to find.) Just be sure to not confuse it with yeast intended for baking — I repeat, this won’t make your bread rise! It’s a different strain of yeast entirely.
Popcorn is a great candidate for seasoning with nutritional yeast. For this batch, I opted to toss my popcorn with the yeast plus two other simple seasonings: dill and sea salt. Simple! If you have an automated popcorn-popper, just spill the popped corn into a large bowl, sprinkle on the seasonings, and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Toss well with two large spoons and taste to see if you’d like to add any more seasonings. If you don’t have a popper or you’d like to get a workout while making your popcorn, check out my easy ten-step stovetop method. (I’m not counting the last and eleventh step because that’s the seasoning part.) As soon as your popped kernels are in the large bowl, season away. And, of course…
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