Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spicy California Roll Sushi Nachos

I got an email from Lee this week saying, "This is happening this weekend." I took one look at I Wash, You Dry's blog about these, and my answer was, "YES!"

I bounded into my office to tell everyone the genius of sushi nachos and reaction was split 50/50 between yum and gross.

Lee whipped these up on Saturday night, and my verdict is that they're definitely awesome.
You've got the delicious consistency of nachos, the flavors of a California Roll.  East meets Southwest.  Talk about fusion.

The ONLY downside to this dish is how many dishes it requires.  And that eventually, you run out of the sushi nachos, making you sad.

Here's the ingredients:
For the Sushi Rice:
1 cup sushi rice (uncooked)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt

For the Spicy Sauce:
1/4 cup mayo
1 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp sriracha
dash of sesame oil

For the Nachos:
1 package of won-ton wrappers
canola oil for frying
1 package imitation crab meat
1 can crab meat
1/4 cup carrot matchsticks
1/3 cup cucumber, cut into thin slices
4 tbsp chopped roasted seaweed wrappers/ Nori

For the Soy Sauce Drizzle
2 tbsp mayo
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1. Rinse the sushi rice really well. Then put it in a pot with 1 1/2 cups of water.  THEN bring it to a boil with the rice in the pot.  Stir it every now and then so it doesn't stick all over your pot.  When it starts boiling, cover it and let it sit for 15 minutes.

 2. In another pot, combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Stir on medium high until the salt and sugar is combined.  (Your pot won't have brown stuff at the bottom of it, Margy perma-burnt ours trying to make oatmeal.)

 3. Combine the spicy sauce ingredients.  Adjust the amount of sriracha to how spicy you want your nachos.  
 4. Cut the wontons in half and fry them a few at a time. Dry them on a bed of paper towels.  Salt to taste.

5.  Stir the rice and the rice vinegar mixture together.

6. Take the crab meat and mix it with the spicy sauce. 

7. Mix the soy sauce and mayo.  (Weird, I know, but it's awesome.)  If you like breathing fire, here's a good place to add wasabi... we did not. 
 8. Slice the carrots up, or buy them already in matchsticks (looks like cheese!)  We got really tiny cucumbers so they pose as jalapenos... but they're not....

 9. Put the wontons down as a base, then the rice, then the rice, then your carrots and cucumbers.

10. Finish it off with the crab mixture, the seaweed and then the soy sauce drizzle.

11. Eat... with a fork.