Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sushi Night!!!

Sometimes in life you just need to go for it. Over the past few years I have developed a real liking for sushi. So much so we choose our favorite Chinese takeout restaurant because they also do take out sushi. So my order of General's Two’s chicken also comes with a roll or two (depending on how much money we spend, cause they just give stuff away) Anyways....right sushi. My lovely wife (who had no idea what she was getting into) and I decided to host a sushi party with a few friends (they also didn't know what they were getting themselves into either).

A couple of Birthday's ago I got a sushi kit from my brother in-law and spouse. We constantly have debated when to make sushi since I like it and Kristin will eat it if there is no uncooked fish in it. We finally said this February is when we were going to do it. We invited over our friends Jim and Lauren and Jeff and Krystle, two of the most eating adventurous couples we know. We provide the basic's, along with egg rolls and homemade miso soup. The Hebda's brought over salad and the Dalton's provided desert. We also sent out in our email to bring your favorite sushi fillings. We thought that this would be the easiest way to make food everyone loves.
Yummy...Soup and Salad
 We all came together Saturday night the ingredients list looked like this:

Smoked Salmon
Cream Cheese
Spicy Crab
Spicy Cooked Shrimp
Marinated Portabella Mushrooms
Shrimp Tempura
Imitation crab meat
Sweet Potato

This night was a success, we made so many different types of rolls and each up us put our own touch upon them. Kristin's soup and Lauren's salad were fantastic. Usually I will give a recipes but all that you'll get is how to make the rice and how to assemble the rolls. If you need more guidance like what goes into a dragon roll you can always search for more info on the interwebs that Al Gore created.

This is Jeff's first time and he's looking at me...
professional sushi chef

Look at everyone getting involved


Look at Jeff and Jim go

To Assemble Sushi:

·        You need a bamboo mat
·        Sushi Rice
·        Nori
·        Sesame Seeds
·        Your favorite fillings

First you take a handful of sushi rice and turn it into a small tennis ball; you don't need to pack it. Place it on a half sheet of Nori, which is on the bamboo mat. Then spread out the rice, so that it evenly covers the Nori completely. Next spread some sesame seeds (as much as I like or as little as you may like) then take and flip your Nori over so the rice is flat on the mat. Next you add your favorite ingredients. (In the future, when we do this again I want to use pulled pork and other items that don't traditionally go into sushi). Try not to place a lot on the wrap; you'll see why when you see mine. Once they are filled with your yummy goodness you need to do the next step which is to wrap it. You'll curl the mat up with the almost sushi inside it so you can make it into a roll. This is the difficult part of the process. Once wrapped you'll use a sharp knife and cut up the roll into sushi pieces. 
See my falling apart sushi
I tired two kinds of shrimp and cukes...It didn't stay together

To make Sushi Rice

·          1 1/2 cups rice
·          2 cups of water
           2 tablespoons rice vinegar
           2 tablespoons sugar
           1 tablespoon kosher salt

Combine rice and water in a small sauce pan. Bring it to a boil. Cover it and lower it to a simmer for 20 minutes or till all the water is absorbed.

While rice is cooling, microwave the rice wine vinegar, sugar, and salt for 30 seconds

Once the rice was done you spread it out on a cookie sheet and add the mixture of rice wine vinegar, sugar and salt to the rice. You do this to help make the rice become stickier.

Recipe Help from Alton Brown and the back of the rice bag

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