Tuesday 14 November 2023

Salmon and avocado maki

30 minutes to prepare Serves 4

Yes, sushi

Sometimes it feels like you can turn just about anything into a fusion-style sushi recipe.
As food moves around the world, traditional dishes adapt and change to meet new palates. One of the best examples is the Philadelphia roll, a very Western version of Japanese sushi, in the form of a maki roll.
This recipe takes it a step further by rolling together the classic combo of smoked salmon and cream cheese, with the addition of avocado. Then the entire roll gets enriched by some mayonnaise and chopped pistachios because, at this point, why not! It might not be traditional, but it definitely is delicious and kids-friendly.

To make this roll, you'll need a bamboo mat. This allows you to wrap the sushi tightly into a log. Otherwise, you can use a sushi-maker, like I did, which is going to make it much easier (you can find it on amazon). Finally, use a super sharp knife to slice the roll into clean, restaurant-worthy pieces.

Here are ingredients for a 4-serving recipe:

800 g sushi rice (recipe is here)
200 g salmon fillet, raw or smoked
100 g avocado, ripe
4 half sheets sushi grade nori
chopped pistachios
cream cheese

  1. On the rolling mat place one sheet of nori with the rough side facing upwards
  2. Wet your hands and grab a handful of rice and place it on the nori. Spread the rice evenly throughout the nori without smushing the rice down
  3. Arrange, in a horizontal row 2 cm from the bottom, smoked salmon, cream cheese, and avocado. Add some mayonnaise and chopped pistachios on top
  4. Grabbing both nori and the mat, roll the mat over the filling so the extra space at the bottom touches the other side, squeezing down to make a nice tight roll. Squeeze down along the way to keep the roll from holding its shape
  5. Transfer the roll onto a cutting board. Rub a knife on a damp paper towel before slicing the roll into 8 equal portions
  6. Repeat for all the sheets of nori, to obtain 4 big rolls, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts are detailed in the table below. Data is provided per serving.

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