Umami, which translates from Japanese to “pleasant savory flavor,” is included with sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors to compose the five basic tastes. Umami can be used as a savory sauce and drizzled atop a Grass-Fed Bison Burger, accompanied with caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms, parmesan, and watercress on a flax seed bun; making it a part of a heart-healthy meal.
Try it at True Food Kitchen, or make your own at home with this easy recipe:
1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tablespoons tamari
1 Cup nutritional yeast flakes
8 cloves garlic, mashed
1/2 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
Put the vinegar, tamari, yeast flakes, and garlic in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined. Remove the feed tube and with machine running, slowly drizzle in olive oil. Blend well until the mixture becomes thick and emulsified, like mayonnaise. Pour the mixture into a lidded jar and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.