Getting Kids To Eat Sushi

Today I 'd like to dispel a nasty report about sushi: specifically that it must consist of raw fish. Truth is, sushi does not need to contain fish at all. The term sushi in fact comes from a Japanese word significance "sour tasting" and refers to the vinegary rice from which sushi is made. Originally, vinegar was probably added to rice as an approach of conservation for both the rice and the filling. Another thing you might not know (I didn't!) is that the vinegar solution utilized to develop sushi rice is called su.

I do not know about your kids, however my youngest truly won't go for a big hunk of raw fish on his sushi. So for our very first sushi-making experience, we decided to stick with fillings that were a little bit more kid friendly-- like avocado, smoked salmon, cream cheese and veggies.


Scallions (carefully diced).
Red peppers.
Smoked Salmon or other cooked fish.
Cream cheese.


Make the sushi rice. The Pioneer Female has a tutorial for best sushi rice on her blog site. I followed something very similar other than that my "su" did not include saki (just rice vinegar, sugar and a tiny bit of salt).
Spread prepared rice on a cutting board or cookie sheet (to allow it to continue to cool).

Prepare a bowl of "hand vinegar" (1 cup water, 1/4 cup rice vinegar) for working with rice.
Cover bamboo mat with plastic wrap (not sure if this is traditional, however we were following the instructions that came with the rolling mat).
Lay a piece of nori on the mat, then top with a 1/4 inch layer of rice. (dip fingers in hand vinegar to keep rice from sticking).
Add a thin strip of filling out the middle.
Beginning with the bottom edge of the mat, roll up and far from you, pushing lightly while you roll. At the very end you will have to pull out the mat so you can complete the roll (tough to explain but you'll understand when you do it). Press gently to seal the edges together.

For an inside-out roll, turn over the nori and rice so that the rice is on the outside when you roll!