For Your Tailgate Party : Chirashi
Posted: Sep 16 2014
Football season has begun, and with it the time-honored tradition of the tailgate party. Tailgating revolves around great food—even sushi (think Chirashi) has become a fan favorite, offering a delicious and healthy alternative to standard tailgate fare.
In Japanese, the word “Chirashi” means scattered, and is presented in a bowl of seasoned rice with slices of raw fish like bigeye , yellowfin , Otoro and Chutoro tuna, salmon , massago (roe) , butterfly shrimp , scallop and octopus , other toppers including tamagoyaki (a light, sweet Japanese folded omelet) and plenty of wasabi to go around.
The key to a great Chirashi bowl is balance. sashimi , tamagoyaki , fish roe over its bed of sushi rice, garnished with a variety of raw veggies and sliced lemon (for those who like a touch of zest)—a well-executed Chirashi presentation is so pleasing, its Instagram following is already legendary.
Luckily, in addition to being visually beautiful, Chirashi is easy to prepare. In case you’ve never prepared a Chirashi bowl or platter before, FishForSushi.com has included a a recipe here to help you plan and prepare for your next tailgate party.
Chirashi Sushi Ingredients (Yield: 2 bowls)
- 1 ½ cups Japanese short grain rice
- Water (check the appropriate water amount for your rice cooker)
- 1/3 cup sushi seasonings (or make your own)
- 2 tbsp. sesame seed (optional)
Suggested Chirashi Toppings:
- Bigeye tuna
- Bluefin Chotoro
- Bluefin Otoro
- Butterfly shrimp
- Scottish Salmon
- Lemon for garnish
Cook the rice and let it stand for 10 minutes. Add to a bowl with the sushi vinegar and mix well. Add the sesame seeds (and rice seasoning – remoeve) if desired, and mix thoroughly. Spread rice in the bottom of a bowl or platter, and add your choice of Chirashi toppings on the top. Place a blob of wasabi on the side, and garnish with lemon.