SIMPLE STACKED SUSHI

I’ve tried the roll-your-own sushi and it works–sometimes. A couple years ago, I came across a recipe for stacked sushi in a cookbook titled “Bite Me” and had to try it. And modify it. It’s now a family favorite–easy to make and less expensive than restaurant- or store-bought sushi. Our family prefers sushi with pre-cooked shrimp or imitation crab, but if you’re more adventurous, you can substitute raw fish. As for the pics–yes I went a little overboard–the first shows the sushi when you first pop it out of the dish. The next pic is of cut sushi, and I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of using a very sharp knife to keep the nori sheets intact. The last two pics are of stacked sushi served up right. Give this a try and be inventive with your ingredients–shrimp, crab, cucumber, carrots, avocado, cream cheese…

1-1/2 cups instant white rice

1-1/2 cups water

2 tbsp rice vinegar

3/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise

4 tbsp wasabi horseradish (often shelved near prepared horseradish)

4 sheets nori (roasted seaweed) Note: This go-around, I substituted softened spring roll wrappers for the 2 middle nori sheets which not only made the sushi easier to cut but lightened up the seaweed taste–thumbs up from all)

3 tsp sesame seeds

1 cup grated or matchstick carrots (or 1 large cucumber sliced thin)

1-1/2 cups imitation pre-cooked crab, semi-shredded (if budget allows, by all means use real cooked crab)

1 large avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced thin

1) cook instant rice in water according to package directions; remove from heat, let sit 5-10 minutes; stir in rice vinegar; set aside and let cool

2) In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and wasabi horseradish; set aside

3) Line an 8″ square pan with plastic wrap, allowing 4-5″ overhang on opposite sides (will be folded over sushi for refrigeration)

4) Place 1 nori sheet in bottom of pan and spread with 1/3 of cooked rice; sprinkle on 1 tsp sesame seeds; spread 1/3 of wasabi mayonnaise over rice and top with carrots

5) Place 1 nori sheet (or softened spring roll wrapper) over carrots and spread with 1/3 of cooked rice; sprinkle on 1 tsp sesame seeds; spread 1/3 of wasabi mayonnaise over rice and top with crab

6) Place 1 nori sheet (or softened spring roll wrapper) over crab and spread with 1/3 of cooked rice; sprinkle on 1 tsp sesame seeds; spread 1/3 of wasabi mayonnaise over rice and top with avocado

7) Place remaining nori sheet over avocado; fold overhanging plastic wrap over sushi and gently press down on sushi with palms; weight sushi with a couple books and refrigerate 1-2 hours

8) Remove sushi from refrigerator; fold back plastic wrap; place large plate over top of pan and gently turn over, allowing sushi to drop onto plate; remove plastic wrap; with sharp knife, cut sushi into 1″ squares

9) Serve with soy sauce and wasabi horseradish for dipping; nice accompaniments are bowls of white rice or a light soup like miso

Servings: 4

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4 thoughts on “SIMPLE STACKED SUSHI

  1. Barefoot Believer says:

    Wow Tam!!! I am totally impressed!!! I don’t even like sushi – but you’ve got me looking twice at this beautiful creation. Of course it helps that your creation is a “cooked” version as opposed to raw – – I can’t do raw – – it just sorta “icks” me out. But for true sushi lovers, I understand the love they have for it. And I noticed the chop sticks – – are you and your family skilled in the art of “chop-stick-eatery”?? Last time I tried it, I had more food in my lap than my mouth – lol!
    How’s Baron of Emberly shaping up? I’m always hungry for more of your medieval magic!!!

    • Hi Pam! I prefer the more “tame” forms of sushi, and this one hits the spot. As for chop-stick-eatery, we’re all pretty good at that. We learned on rice πŸ™‚ I’m behind with BOE, but starting to catch up. Will do my best to get it out on time. Blessings!

      • Barefoot Believer says:

        Hey Tam – don’t hurry on BOE on my account – – I know a good book, like a good roast, takes time to cook – – so I’d rather have a “low & slow” than a “fast & finished” any day – – that way the Holy Spirit has given you all the nuances necessary to turn a good story into a GREAT story. And yours are ALWAYS great – – so it’s worth the wait!!!

      • Aww, you’re so sweet, Pam. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

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