Tuesday, August 26, 2008

From Sushi Starter to Yummy Dessert

Ok, so I wrote about a great recipe for lasagna rolls. Here is an idea for an entire dinner, from appetizers, to main course, to dessert! And pretty healthy too!

Appetizers - Avocado Sushi Rolls
Main Course - Lasagna Rolls
Sides - Home Made Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, Salad
Dessert - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your Appetizer!
Hubby and I love sushi! But for those of you who might not be so into it yet...your appetizer is Avocado Rolls you can also make them with cucumber, just slice them down thin and pile 'em on!

Ingredients:
Seaweed Wraps
Sushi (short-grained) Rice
Avocados

Need:
Bamboo sushi roller (ok that might not be the official name :))
Bowl of water to use for your fingers while putting rice on seaweed
Knife to cut rolls
Cutting board
Bowl for the rice to cool off a little in

1. Cook rice
2. While rice is cooking get other ingredients ready:

  • Cut the avocados open length wise, if they are pretty ripe you can easily just spoon the seed out, but if they are not as ripe you can pop your knife into the seed, turn the knife and it should pop right out. Then just run your knife the avocado while it is still in the peel to slice them. To get them out just scoop around with a spoon and the slices will just pop right out.
  • Get a small bowl of water
  • Open seaweed wraps and have ready
  • Set up cutting board
  • Get bowl for rice to cool off for a few minutes in when it is done

3. Assemble

This is my sushi making station. Rice cooker, ready! Seaweed on bamboo roller, check! Avocados cut and sliced, yes! Rice cooling in bowl, mix it around every few minutes to help it cool off, almost ready for assembly!

Lay the rice out on the seaweed, to the edges and just a leave a little room at the end for it to stick together when you're done rolling. The rice is sticky so that's what the bowl of water is for :). You can dip your fingers in the water and then handle the rice more easily.

Avocado (or cucumber) time!!! I like to stack these rolls with avocado! Lay the avocado an inch of two from the bottom to give yourself room to roll.

Roll away! When you do your first roll, push the bamboo down and back towards you to secure the avocado. When you are rolling you can press the bamboo into a square shape if you want (now that I think about it, I'm not sure why I do that, but I do :)) and give it a little squeeze as you are going to keep it sticking together nicely. Before you are done rolling, dab some water with you fingers on the bare part of the seaweed, this will help it to stay together. Give it a good squeeze, ok not too good or else you'll squirt the avocado out (not so much with the cucumber), to ensure it's stability :)

Here's your roll!

Now cut it in half :)

Put the halves next to each other and then cut them in half and then each of those halves into one more half. You'll end up with 8 yummy pieces!

Eat with chopsticks! Serve with soy sauce (you can get low sodium too) and wasabi (spicy hot)! We put wasabi in with our soy sauce for dipping! Ok these don't look as good as I usually make them but you get the...picture, ha!

Enjoy!!!

Stay tuned for the main course and sides...and then for dessert!!!

7 comments:

Bethany said...

That looks SO good!!! Christian isn't a fan of avocado, but he loves cucumber - I'll have to give it a shot :)

ARK said...

Looks yummy! I am going to have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

Whoa, good job. Loving the step-by-step...

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Yummy! I love sushi (because of the wasabi I think!) but have been very intimidated by the idea of making my own. You make it look so easy!
-Carrie

Heather said...

Looks yummy! I'm not really a sushi kinda girl (the whole raw fish thing freaks me out) but I could do the avocado ones - my those look good!

Faith said...

Oh wow! This looks great. Chad and I have really gotten into eating sashimi tuna and I LOVE the wasabi and soy! You guys did a great job!

The Farmer Files said...

We LOVE sushi. Since this is so efortless I am coming to YOUR house for dinner....when it's not ohhh over 2500 miles and an ocean away! ALoha!


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