I decided to have a go at making sushi so I could take it for lunch. I worked Monday and Tuesday, so I made these on Sunday afternoon. I learned there are recipes for sushi rice, which was a surprise. Apparently, you take the cooked sushi rice and add a mixture of seasoned rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, salt, and sugar. I cooked the rice in my InstantPot (it has a setting for it, so it’s easy-peasy, lemon squeezy). I put all of my supplies together and got ready to roll.
I’ve tried this many years ago, but I don’t think I had the supplies or looked up directions. As you can imagine, I failed miserably. I still ate the fish, but I also made a mess. Now I have a sushi mat and I looked up a few videos. There are actually these tube things that you put the ingredients in and push it all out together, but I really like the idea of rolling it and having more control.
My favorite fish is salmon. I mean, I LOVE salmon. Baked, poached, planked, or raw, I really don’t care. It’s wonderful! So for my first sushi roll, I chose to make a Philidelphia roll. I put the rice on the nori sheet (using water to dip my hands in – that rice is STICKY!). I added the cucumber, salmon, and cream cheese, and I was ready to roll it up!
I’m glad I watched the directions. It seems pretty self-explanatory, but it’s still nice to know the little details. I had watched other people put the squeeze on the roll, making it tight, and I did that as well.
Look at this beauty! I was so pleasantly surprised! It looks like a real sushi roll!
I cut it up and tried one to make sure it was good… and it was. So yummy! I made two of these bad boys and had each one for lunch. Now, it was NOT the same the next day. The rice was hard, almost like it was stale. I wonder if it was because it had the vinegars and whatnot, or if it was because I sliced it and that sat in the refrigerator?
Either way, I’ve decided I’ll stick to making this one for home lunches. It was soooo easy for work lunch, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. So, back to the drawing board, always looking for more work lunches. Ach, what a chore! (snicker snicker)