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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Frankly Food Porn: Sushi Party



A friend of mine, Matt, has been wanting me to teach him how I prepare sushi rice. He enjoys sushi, and already rolls his own; he just had issues with his rice game. In order to step it up, I invited him to come to town and we would work together on some. Seemed like an appropriate time to host a sushi party!

We invited several of our friends and gave them a list of ingredients to bring along. Matt came over mid-afternoon and I coerced him to go to the stores with me, and even talked him into helping me finish cleaning the house! I think he actually enjoyed the trip to our local specialty foods store, Fox Farm Whole Food. There are plenty of interesting goodies to check out.

Once home, I showed Matt how I go about preparing the sushi rice, and put him in charge of the second large batch. We also prepped our appetizers: Asian lettuce wraps and Japanese steakhouse style onion & mushroom soup.

For the wraps, I used ground chicken instead of ground pork, as I did for the farmers market demo. Price Cutter on Maiden Lane really pissed me off by not having any form of ground pork, and then an employee trying to convince me that ground pork and sausage can be interchangeable and essentially the same thing. Uhmmmmmmm...

The soup was really easy to prepare and packed an umami punch! The base is half chicken broth, half beef broth, simmered for about an hour with onion and garlic. Strain the base, keep hot, and pour over chopped baby portabellas, scallions, and French fried onions in individual bowls.

For the sushi part of the evening, I prepped: avocado slices, cucumbers, carrots, scallions, blanched asparagus spears, imitation crab sticks, tempura shrimp, raw tuna, cream cheese with condiments including: unagi sauce, spicy Japanese mayonnaise, Japanese mayonnaise, Siracha sauce, wasabi, black and white sesame seeds. And basically just took requests as the night went on. One of the favorite combinations was the vegetable roll I created with the scallions, carrots, asparagus spears, avocado, and cream cheese, drizzled with just a faint hint of the unagi sauce!

Matt was kind enough to bring along a chunk of sushi grade tuna he picked up at Hy-Vee in Springfield. That became a featured filling in a spicy tuna roll, and also as sashimi. It gave me a great opportunity to break out my lightsaber chopsticks!

And of course, we had some sake and some Saporo to drink with the sushi. Neither are really my favorites, and our friends brought along some other, more liked beverages!

All in all, it was such a fun night. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and allowed everything to just hang out and chat. And let everyone be a bit creative and try new things with the sushi options. I highly recommend this type of gathering for you and your friends!

Enjoy some food porn from the evening:

They see me rollin'... They hatin'
 
Asian lettuce wrap using ground chicken drizzled with spicy Japanese mayonnaise


Japanese steakhouse style onion & mushroom soup
Tuna nigiri


Tuna sashimi
 
Using my kickass Darth Vader lightsaber chopsticks... yes, they light up!



California roll


Vegetable roll



Tempura shrimp roll


My crazy friend Dan and myself

2 comments:

  1. Hey!! I found your party simply fabulous. The sushi you cooked is looking so delicious. Would love to have them. Really liked your efforts you took to prepare them. Planning one party at LA event venues. Want to have them for my dinner as special dish.

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