Fall Pairing Dinner – Maple Infused Seaweed Salad {Recipe}

I mentioned last week that Kirk and decided that fancy occasions weren’t needed to enjoy a pairing dinner at home. We did this for the first time on Valentine’s Day this year and it’s something we talk about a lot. Since we love to cook and love to eat, why wait until the next holiday?

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So we’re thinking that this might be fun to do seasonally…starting with the Fall! We switched up the courses we were each responsible for this time:

  • Amuse Bouche: Kirk
  • Appetizer: Heather
  • Entrée: Kirk
  • Dessert: Heather

And of course we created a menu for our dinner:

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Today we’ll talk about the Amuse Bouche: Maple-Infused Seaweed Salad, topped with some beautifully sliced roasted garlic! I could eat an entire head..or two..of roasted garlic without a problem. Love this stuff!


The funny thing is everything is this dish was already in our pantry. We have an strangely wide variety of seaweed in the pantry, just waiting for a creation like this.

Maple-Infused Seaweed Salad

by Heather Blackmon

Keywords: bake appetizer vegan vegetarian

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1/8 teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 teaspoons arame
  • 1 teaspoon wakame


Rehydrate Arame & Wakame according to package directions. Lightly chop together.

Combine Bragg’s, Agave, and maple Syrup. Top rehydrated seaweeds with mixture and divide between two chinese soup spoons. Top with sliced roasted garlic.

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See those shot glasses in the background? Those are a very simple drink that pairs so well with the seaweed salad. Make sure you choose a high quality tequila, because this is a sipping drink (not a shooter!).

Bittered Tequila

by Heather Blackmon

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 40ml añejo tequila
  • 6 drops Angostura bitters


Pour tequila in shot glass and add drops of tequila. Swirl lightly in glass to combine.

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And that wrapped up the first course of the evening! Three more courses and recipes to share with you from this fun night of food. :)


Questions for you:

  • Do you love to cook or would you rather go out for dinners?
  • When was the last time you did something special for no reason?
  • Tequila – good or bad?

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    • says

      Totally agree! Most holidays are made up anyway (Valentine’s Day?!) so I think we should be able to create on our on the spur of a moment too. ;)

  1. says

    It’s possible to sip tequila? Haha, clearly I’ve never had the good stuff ;D And yes, I can demolish a whole bulb of roasted garlic. I love seaweed salad, I have this saved to make soon! I only have wakame on hand, but nothing wrong with a single-weed salad :) Love your fancy dinner/date night idea–and the menu!
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    • says

      You better believe it! He creates a lot of recipes that are posted here, I’m so spoiled! And I’m ready for you to come visit whenever – as long as you go running with me (although you might have to run slower!). ;)