Have a holly Jolly Sushi Holiday Gathering with Ease
Posted: Dec 18 2015
Looking to have a holly jolly holiday gathering your friends and family will remember remembers? Make it a fun and festive sushi gathering that won’t knock you out in the preparation. Here are some seasonal ways to serve sushi, nigri and temaki this holiday. Easy to pull together, fun to serve, and of course, delicious!
Temaki (sushi hand rolls)
Making your own sushi rolls can seem intimidating for anyone who has never tried. Temaki is a perfect alternative – no bamboo mat rolling involved, but the same elements of sushi rolls, plus it’s easy and fun!
It’s important to note that “sushi rice” is different from regular rice “Sushi Rice” is steamed rice seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar and salt, and it is what you want for your sush-inspired menu. You can make your own sushi rice, or try Fish For Sushi’s perfectly made and seasoned rice sheets and rice pillows. Use a half sheet of nori for each temaki.
For your temaki ingredients, offer a variety of seafood and veggies for your guests to choose from—especially thoughtful if any of your guests are vegetarians. On a round platter, alternate thickly cut strips of tuna, salmon, whitefish, sashimi, shrimp tempura, octopus sashimi—whatever you choose to serve—and sliced cucumber, avocado, shitake mushroom, bell pepper, asparagus, daikon radish (cut into long thin strips), fried strips of sweet potato, shiso leaves and lettuce leaves. Fill a small bowl with masago (roe) in the center of the platter. If your sashimi arrives in a block, slice it into long sticks instead of a sashimi-style cut. Don’t forget to set out pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi.
With dry hands (this is important, you want to keep the nori dry and crispy), place a half sheet of nori the palm of your hand (shiny side down) and put a quarter sheet of sushi rice on the left third of the nori. Place the chosen fillings vertically across middle of middle of the rice. Fold the bottom left corner of nori over and begin folding into cone shape. Keep rolling until cone is formed. Put a bit of sushi rice at the bottom right corner to use as glue and close tightly. Continue with the other half of the nori. Keep rolling until cone is formed. Put a another bit of sushi rice at the bottom right corner to use as glue and close tightly. Continue with the other half of the nori with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce as condiments.
Holiday Nigiri bites
Use nigiri rice pillows to make bite-sized portions, and decorate them to look like snowmen, tiny gift packages, and little santas! Start with each rice pillow and drape slice of salmon or sashimi on top. Cut a thin strip of nori and wrap it around the width of the nigiri to resemble a gift wrap ribbon. Place a tiny dollop of roe in the center of the nori ribbon to improvise a bow.
Shape your nori pillows by pinching them gently into a snowman shape, and wrap a thin strip of salmon around the neck to make a scarf. Use tiny bits of nori for eyes, and a splinter of carrot for the snowman’s nose.
Making Santa Nigiri is just as simple. Gently mold your nori pillows into a head and round body. Form a small jacket over santa’s mid section with salmon or sashimi – don’t worry about arms, this santa is just a chubby ball. Again, use tiny bits of nori for the eyes and nose (or use roe for a nose) and give santa a cap made with salmon or sashimi, or a red vegetable. Pinch a bit of the sushi rice to form a beard.
Sugar the rims of martini glasses to serve sake, or serve steamed Japanese Rtoku (green tea), Sakura tea, or a Japanese craft beer.
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