Restless for some new meals in your weekly choices? Sometimes it can be fun to shake things up a bit by trying something completely different. One choice, sushi. I had always been intimidated by the thought of making my own sushi, however I was tired of having to trek all the way out to my favorite place to enjoy some sushi, not to mention having to break the bank to enjoy it.
My favorite sushi is veggie sushi, made with a variety of vegetables, some sauces, and brown rice. I did some internet searches to find tips on the basic steps and common ingredients that I needed. I watched a few YouTube videos on how to prepare and assemble sushi. I went shopping and Thursday night, went to work.
After finding out you do not want to refridgerate the rice prior to making sushi, I did not pre make the rice. I put the rice on to cook and got down to prepping the filling. For this initial experiment, I opted to keep it simple, premade sushi vinegar and a very basic filling. I had carrots, red and yellow peppers, avocado, and red cabbage. Kate also wanted to try with some cream cheese, so we got that out as well.
We got the veggies cut up and once the rice finished, mixed it in with the sushi vinegar per instructions, and spread it on the counter to cool. Then came the real fun, rolling it. Using the sushi mat was very helpful. Also, not overloading the rolls made nicer shaped rolls.
Once complete, we piled our plates high and four of the six of us dug in. The other two had spaghetti. Major take away from Thursday’s sushi experiment: it is really fun and exciting to try something new and out of the box. Get the whole family involved in making dinner and enjoy the prep as well as the meal! Wintertime is a great opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. What should we try next?
Check out some pictures from our adventure…