Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Southernplayalisticadillac Sushi

Memorial Day has come and gone and that can mean only one thing: peach season is in full swing. Coming second only to Outkast, Goergia peaches are one of my favorite exports from the southern state. Below is a unique way to use peaches in a savory sushi role.

Nori is the Japanese name for edible seaweed. The nearly
transparent green sheets can be found in the Asian foods
section of most grocery stores. 
Here's what you need:
  • 4 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
  •  2 tsp.  minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  •  1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • 14 oz. package of firm tofu sliced into 12 1/2inch strips
  • 2 firm peaches peeled & cut into ¼ inch strips
  •  3 green onions sliced lengthwise
  •  6 Nori sheets
  •   3 cups short grown brown rice (cooked)
  •  2 oz. of rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ tsp. sugar
  •  ½ tsp. salt

Here's what you gotta do:
1.     Combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger, pepper, and orange juice in a bowl and mix well. Add the tofu strips and marinate for 20 minutes.
2.     Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt into a small saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium heat until the sugar and salt are dissolved, but do not boil.
3.     Let the vinegar mixture cool then pour over the rice. Gently fold the liquid into the rice and let it sit for ten minutes.
4.     Place the nori sheet shiny side down onto a sushi-rolling mat or a flat surface to hand roll.
5.     Gently spread the rice mixture onto the nori, leaving a 1-inch lip to seal the sushi after rolling.
6.     Lay two strips of tofu, some onion, and peaches on the rice lengthwise along the bottom third of the rice.

7.     Lift the nori at the edge closest to you and fold it to cover the filling, now lift the mat and roll the nori away from you, while pressing firmly.
8.      Roll until the lip is sealed.  Set the roll aside with the seam down.
9.     Repeat steps 4 through 8 five more times.
10.   Cut the rolls into 8 pieces serve with soy sauce. 

                                    Life is Delicious...Go taste it!

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