Date Night: Stay in with sushi and learn how to roll your own version of the Japanese dish

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By: Bailey Brouwer
bbrouwer@flavor574.com

Sushi is a perfect dinner for date night on a meat-free Friday. There’s no need to go out and over pay for sushi when you can make it yourself at home.

We’ve got an easy recipe and an easy guide on how to make and roll your own homemade sushi. Grab some chopsticks (or if your like me, use your hands) and get ready to eat!

Homemade sushi

From Minimalist Baker

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 sheets nori (dried seaweed)
  • 1 cup chopped veggies (carrot, cucumber, red pepper, avocado)
  • Soy sauce, pickled ginger, wasabi for serving

Directions:

  1. In a fine mesh strainer, rinse rice until your water runs clear. In a medium saucepan, add the rice with water and bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until water is completely absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, add vinegar, sugar and salt and heat over medium, stirring occasionally until sugar and salt are dissolved. Place in a jar or dish and cool in the fridge until rice is ready.
  3. Once the rice is done, turn off the heat and add the cooled vinegar mixture and stir with a rubber spatula or fork, do not over mix. It will appear wet but will dry up as you lightly stir to release heat. It should be sticky and completely dry once it’s ready.
  4. Prep your veggies by chopping them into thin pieces. If they’re too bulky they won’t allow the sushi to roll well.
  5. Grab a thick towel and fold it over into a rectangle and place it on a flat surface. Top with plastic wrap, then with a sheet of nori. Using your hands dipped in water (to avoid sticking), pat a very thin layer of rice all over the nori, making sure it’s not too thick or your roll will be all rice and no filling.
  6. Arrange a serving of your veggies in a line at the bottom 3/4 of the rice closest to you.
  7. Start to roll the nori and rice over with your fingers, and once the veggies are covered, roll over the plastic wrap and towel, using it to mold and compress the roll. Continue until it’s all the way rolled up.
  8. Slice with a sharp knife and set aside.
  9. Serve immediately with pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi.

For instructions on how to make an inside-out sushi roll, watch the video below.

Bailey Brouwer is an intern at Flavor 574 and is currently a student at Elkhart Memorial High School.
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