Innovative Apéro: Four Maki Sushi Rolls

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June 20, 2016 by Crescentine

I recently moved to France and for father’s day, we all cooked something special for mon amour’s dad.

I was in charge of Apéritif, which is the sacred French word for appetizer and it’s really  respected in France as part of the meal courses. For this special day, I decided to create my specialty: Maki Sushis traditionally rolled with my bamboo mat.

These are traditional sushis with the nori seaweed on the outside while an inside-out maki is the one with the rice on the outside of the nori sheet.

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I created four different types of maki sushi without raw fish as the father does not like it raw. We were five people so I made six pieces per type and I had to keep it light as this is just an appetizer. Apart from that, on the side we also have red radishes and small shrimps.

THE RECIPES

What you will need for all types:

  • Sushi rice
  • Rice vinegar
  • Nori seaweed sheets
  • Bamboo mat covered with plastic wrap for easier clean-up

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  1. Prepare the sushi rice, preferably using a rice cooker. For every cup of rice, use one cup of water.
  2. Once the rice is finished, transfer it to a glass bowl and mix in 1 tbsp of rice vinegar for every cup of rice used. Some people prefer to use more but I prefer to use less especially when cooking for non-asians as they are sometimes not too accommodating of the taste.
  3. Add salt to taste.

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A. LE VEGETARIAN

Veg

  • Half a carrot, thinly sliced.
  • A quarter of a cucumber, thinly sliced into sticks.
  • Sesame seeds, preferably roasted.
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise

 

For the dressing, mix all of these in one bowl:

  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

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  1. Place the nori sheet on your bamboo mat, spread the rice evenly about 1cm in height. Cover the nori sheet with rice up to 80%, leaving a riceless gap of 1cm at the other end of the sheet.
  2. Spread 1 tbsp of mayo and top with the sliced vegetables on the side of the rice nearest to you, the other end from the riceless gap.
  3. Start rolling with your bamboo mat, keep the roll tight.
  4. Wet the riceless gap of nori and close the roll.
  5. Cut into 6 even pieces, place on the serving platter and top with the sesame mayo dressing garnished with more sesame seeds.

 

B. LE SUREMI

suremi

  • 3 crabsticks
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • A quarter of cucumber, sliced into sticks but as thin.

 

  1. Place the nori sheet on your bamboo mat, spread the rice evenly about 1cm in height. Cover the nori sheet with rice up to 80%, leaving a riceless gap of 1cm at the other end of the sheet.
  2. Spread 1 tbsp of mayo and top with the sliced cucumber and 2 crabsticks on the side of the rice nearest to you, the other end from the riceless gap.
  3. Start rolling with your bamboo mat, keep the roll tight.
  4. Shred and chop the remaining crabstick into very thin little sticks and mix with 2tbsp mayo in a bowl.
  5. Cut into 6 even pieces, place on the serving platter and top with the chopped crabstick-mayo as seen in the picture.

 

C. LE SAUMON FUMÉ – AVOCAT

avoc

  • 4 thin slices of smoked salmon, cut into strips
  • half an avocado, sliced thinly into strips
  • the other half of the avocado, mashed
  • 1 tbsp mayo

 

  1. Place the nori sheet on your bamboo mat, spread the rice evenly about 1cm in height. Cover the nori sheet with rice up to 80%, leaving a riceless gap of 1cm at the other end of the sheet.
  2. Spread 1 tbsp of mayo and top with 3 slices of smoked salmon and the strips of half an avocado on the side of the rice nearest to you, the other end from the riceless gap.
  3. Start rolling with your bamboo mat, keep the roll tight.
  4. chop the remaining slice of smoked salmon into little squares and mix with the mashed avocado.
  5. Cut into 6 even pieces, place on the serving platter and top with the chopped salmon-mashed avocado as seen in the picture.

 

D. LE JAMBON FROMAGE

ham

  • 1 huge slice of smoked ham, cut into strips
  • 1 slice of soft cheese like emmental, cut into strips
  • Grated hard cheese like parmigiano-reggiano
  • 1 tbsp mayo

 

  1. Place the nori sheet on your bamboo mat, spread the rice evenly about 1cm in height. Cover the nori sheet with rice up to 80%, leaving a riceless gap of 1cm at the other end of the sheet.
  2. Spread 1tbsp of mayo and top with the slices of smoked ham and the strips of soft cheese on the side of the rice nearest to you, the other end from the riceless gap.
  3. Start rolling with your bamboo mat, keep the roll tight.
  4. Cut into 6 even pieces, place on the serving platter and top with the grated hard cheese as seen in the picture above.

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Voila! An impressive and innovative apéritif that everyone will surely love. Serve with some soy sauce on the side. Eat with your hands to follow the traditional apéritif way of eating!

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2 thoughts on “Innovative Apéro: Four Maki Sushi Rolls

  1. They all look delicious!!! ❤

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