Sushi Sunday!

19 Apr

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My boyfriend and I have been making sushi for a few years, and it always comes out great. It often leaves us wondering why we still spend a ton of money to go out for sushi when we have had consistent success making it at home. With homemade sushi, it’s all about the rice. If you get the rice right, it’s hard to fail. Getting fresh sashimi-grade fish is also top of the list. The other fix-ins are up to you, but I always make sure to have the staples-avocado, cucumber, and red pepper. This time I incorporated some sesame sautéed shitake mushrooms, mango, asparagus, and a cilantro/basil/ginger tapenade to our rolls to make things more exciting. A friend of mine also suggested fresh sliced strawberries and jalapeños as a delicious accoutrement, and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t think I could have sushi without in the future!

Here is a brief look at the process involved in making a roll:

Rules on Rice:

The link below is a risk free way to make sure your rice turns out delicious. Just follow this recipe verbatim, no shortcuts, and you will have perfect sticky sweet grain to work with.

Sushi Rice Recipe

You will need the following to make your scrumptious sushi: 

  • Bowl of  warm water
  • Bamboo Sushi mat
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
  • Pack of  Nori (roasted seaweed)
  • Clean, wet hand towel
  • Cooled Sushi rice
  • Patience
  • A good attitude

I think it’s best to just watch a video on making sushi to understand the best way to do it. Below is a good instructional video…I think it will help you a lot!

Sushi Video Example

My additions this time around:

Sesame Shitake Mushrooms- great for adding texture and variety to vegetarian rolls

Wash and chop mushrooms (about 1 cup)

Sautee in pan with 1 tsp of sesame seeds and 1 tsp sesame oil and a little sea salt

Fresh Herb Tapenade

1 handful of cilantro

About 10-12 basil leaves

Drizzle of olive oil

Pinch of salt

1 TB grated ginger

Food process, and spread on rolls for a fresh zesty taste

A few roll combos we tried and liked:

Salmon, Herb Tapenade, Asparagus, Mango, Avocado

Tuna, Sautéed Shitake, Cucumber, Avocado

Tuna, Mango, Herb Tapenade, Red Pepper, Cucumber

The options are endless! Have fun 🙂

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2 Responses to “Sushi Sunday!”

  1. Greg April 19, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Looks very tasty!!!

    • Meg April 19, 2011 at 9:21 am #

      Thanks Greggie! You should try making some with your girlfriend 😉

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