Monday, July 19, 2010

Garden Fresh Sushi- Made at home for under $3!

I love sushi!! If you love sushi, then you know what I'm talking about:) I know that some people don't want to try it because they believe that it is only made with raw fish, but that's not true.  Sushi is so versatile, you can put anything you want to in it that you like.  I made some of this the other night, and it was so easy, that even if you've never seen a sushi roll, you can make this in under 10 minutes flat!  Not to mention that it only cost about $3 total! ( that may even be way over the cost) compared to the $15   per roll you would pay at your favorite sushi spot.  This is made with veggies from the garden and a little extras.

Garden Fresh Sushi rolls( for 1-2 people)
  • 2 dried nori (dried seaweed)sheets.  These can be purchased at any Asian market. They usually come in a pack of 10 or more for under $4.
  • 1/2 cup hot rice, whatever kind you have on hand.  It's better to use left over rice that has been reheated, as it is not as mushy, but use what you got.
  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 3 thinly sliced sandwich slices of Tomato
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 2 T cream cheese (optional)
  • 3 T Soy Sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • Sriracha Japanese hot sauce
Reheat the rice by steaming it a little.  While that is steaming, slice up your avocado,  tomato, and cucumber, all julienne style (in long, thin strips). Get out your two sheets of nori and lay them on a plate,  then  pile 1/4 cup of hot rice at one end of each of the sheets, leaving about 1 inch of nori without rice on that same end, and spread the rice out like you would when filling a burrito. 

Next, lay strips of your veggies on top of the rice.  Grab that end of the sheet where you put your filling and wrap it gently over the filling until it is completely encased.  Then continue to roll up the rest of the sheet.  Lay the roll so that the end of the sheet is under the roll, so that the heat from the rice seals the roll.

 Now get a very sharp knife and lay your rolls on a cutting board and slice thin circles like you would a cinnamon roll.  Move your rolls to your plate, grab you some soy or whatever in a separate bowl and your hot sauce.  I like using chop sticks too:) 

 If you want to put cream cheese on them, just cut off a little and put little dabs on each piece with a dot of hot sauce then dip it in your soy. 

These are sooo simple and so good, I've made them twice in 3 days!  Let me know how you like them, or if you make other sushi concoctions at home.

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