Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Side Dish for Thanksgiving

The saucy, gooey, rich foods of the holidays will be presented in the next two days on silver platters decorated with flowers and doo dads of all sorts. Ahhh, the holiday foods. I can feel the waistband growing tighter as we speak...

Here's a great side dish or hors d'ourvres to go with your Thanksgiving menu!
Eat sushi and save the calories for the stuffing and pie! Happy Turkey Day!

4 cups cooked white or brown rice
2 Tblsp rice wine vinegar
nori sheets (seaweed paper to wrap rice)
washed/cleaned spinach leaves
sliced slivered carrots
sliced avocado
cooked sweet peas
extra nori cut into slivers
optional toasted sesame seeds
soy sauce

Cook rice according to direction. Cool rice in large flat bowl (turn gently without breaking grains). Add rice wine vinegar to cooled rice. Mix well without breaking grains. Lay one sheet of nori on plastic wrap. Smear rice over 3/4 of the nori sheet in a thin layer. Add 2 spinach leaves, few slivers of carrots, a slice of avocado, a few peas & nori slivers. Optional: sprinkled toasted seasame seeds. Roll the rice tightly using the plastic wrap to contain items inside roll. Leave tightly wrapped in plastic. Put aside and continue to roll the rest of the ingredients. Place all sushi rolls in their plastic wrap into the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Take out and slice with a wet knife. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi (Japanese mustard). Yummy!

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