cooking · Spice/Herb Mixes

Savory Topping

I can’t bear to call it Faux-Parmesan – so lets call it Savory Topping. Hah!

I have made this for years, it is a good one for backpacking meals as well. It lasts a long time, although keeping it tightly sealed in the refrigerator is best. Use it on your pasta, rice, etc, anywhere you want a little ‘oomph’.

Savory Topping


  • ½ cup raw sesame seeds
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes (or ¼ cup powdered)
  • ½ tsp kosher or sea salt


Heat a dry skillet over medium heat (preferably not non-stick), add in the sesame seeds and toast, shaking often for 4 to 5 minutes. Take off the heat and spread out onto a large dinner plate to cool down.

Add everything to a large food chopper or food processor and process until ground down a bit – you can grind it fine or leave it chunky like I prefer. For a really fine texture, finish it in a clean coffee/spice grinder.

Makes about 1 cup.

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