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Sushi Night with the Family

Let's make sushi tonight! This is a great hands on dinner project that everyone no matter what age can get involved in!   

You'll need...

  • Bamboo mat for each person. 
  • Cooked sticky rice (look at the package, it will say short grain, cal-rose or sushi rice) about 1 1/2 cups per person
  • Some seasoned rice vinegar
  • Sheets of toasted nori seaweed cut in half length-wise
  • Soy sauce
  • Some wasabi, (optional)
  • Pickled ginger (optional)

For the sushi fillings, some suggestions are:

  • Asparagus quickly steamed and cut in half length wise
  • Cucumbers peeled and cut into long strips
  • Carrots cut into thin long strips (or grated into strips)
  • Avocados cut into strips and tossed with lemon
  • Peppers cut into strips
  • Sesame seeds  

To Make 

Start out by making a big pot of sticky sushi rice, by following the directions on the bag you have. Once the rice is cooked gently toss it with 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar per cup of uncooked rice.

Prepare the vegetables, put the soy sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger in little bowls on the table. In front of each place-setting put a bamboo mat and a bowl of warm water. Have a roll of wax paper or plastic wrap ready. And let the fun begin!

Gather everyone at the table. Cover a bamboo rolling mat with wax paper or plastic wrap. Lay 1 sheet of nori, shiny side down, on each mat. Now everyone can wet their fingers with water (to prevent the rice from sticking) and gently spread about 2/3 cup of the rice evenly all over the nori, except leaving an inch of the far end of nori bare.

Place a thin row of vegetables across the middle of the rice patch. Sprinkle the rice with sesame seeds. If you like wasabi put a little smear of it along the middle as well.

Grab the edge of the mat closest to you, keeping the fillings in place with your fingers, and roll it into a tight roll, using the mat to shape the cylinder. Pull away the mat. Cut each roll with a serrated knife into 6 pieces.

Dip into the soy sauce, add a little wasabi pop it in your mouth!

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