|Sweet Potato and Avocado Sushi, page 196, photo Celine Steen Photography|
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Sweet Potato and Avocado Sushi
This clever roll mimics the look of an inside out salmon roll, with thin slices of sweet potato standing in for the salmon. The sweet rice plays nicely with the spicy sauce, green onion, and bell pepper. Because of the cooling and prep time involved, you can make this in two nights. One night for prep, and the next day assembly.
For the rice:
1 cup (180 g) arborio rice (sushi rice)
2 cups (470 ml) water
1 tablespoon (20 g) agave nectar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the sweet potatoes:
1/4 cup (60 ml) tamari (use certified gluten-free)
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
2 tablespoons (30 ml) mirin
2 tablespoons (17 g) minced garlic
2 tablespoons (28 g) packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon (15 ml) sesame oil
1 large (about 1 pound, or 454 g) sweet potato
For the spicy sauce:
1/4 cup (g) vegan mayo, store-bought or homemade (page XX)
1 tablespoon (15 ml) sriracha sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
For the rolls:
3 sheets of nori, cut in half
1 red bell pepper, julienne
6 stalks green onion, ends trimmed
Black sesame seeds, optional as garnish
You will also need:
A bamboo sushi rolling mat
A gallon-size (3.8 L) resealable plastic bag
To make the rice: Place all ingredients in a rice cooker and follow the instructions on your machine. If you do not have a rice cooker, bring water and salt to a boil in medium saucepan. Stir in rice, agave, and vinegar. Return to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid, 16 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.
To make the sweet potatoes: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Have ready an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking dish.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the sweet potato. Pour a small amount of marinade into the bottom of the baking dish. Peel your sweet potato and slice into thin slices, approximately 1/8-inch (3-mm). Dip each slice in marinade and layer in the baking dish. Pour any remaining marinade into the dish. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, remove foil and cool completely.
To make the spicy sauce: Whisk ingredients together until well combined. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
To assemble the rolls: Place your bamboo mat inside a re-sealable bag. Place on a flat work surface with the bag opening facing away from you. Place one half-sheet of nori on the edge closest to you. Add a layer of cooled rice to completely cover the nori about 1/4-inch (6-mm) thick. Flip over so the rice is face down on the plastic and nori is side up. Spread a thin layer of spicy sauce on the nori.
To the center of the nori sheet, layer 2 to 3 slices of cooled sweet potato1/4 of one avocado, sliced, about 3 julienne strips of red bell pepper, and 1 stalk of green onion. Carefully roll the sushi as tightly as possible to close and create an inside out roll.
Open mat and make sure roll is seam side up. Lay several pieces of sweet potato over the seam, making sure to overlap the edges. Cover the entire roll with plastic wrap, then reroll in the bamboo mat to form the sweet potato around the roll. Leaving the roll in the plastic wrap, lay the roll sweet potato side up.
Using a very sharp knife, cut off each end of the roll and discard (or eat!). Then cut the roll in half. Then cut each half into quarters, and finally each quarter into eights.
Carefully remove each piece from the plastic and plate. Garnish with black sesame seeds if desired.
Serve with spicy sauce for dipping.
Yield: 6 rolls (48 pieces)
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