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Sushi, California Rolls (P, TNT)
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Yield: 24 to 32 slices of maki (rolls)

3 cups short grain or sushi rice
3 cups water
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt

1 medium avocado, peeled and cut into wedges
1 Japanese or seedless cucumber, cut lengthwise into sticks
8 imitation crab-meat sticks or lox slices
4 sheets nori (seaweed sheets)
6 cups sushi rice
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Make Rice:
Wash rice with cold water until water runs clear. Drain well and then let stand for 20 minutes.

Combine rice and water in large saucepan. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 to 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered for 20 minutes. Turn rice into large bowl.

Combine vinegar, sugar, and salt in small pan. Cook over high heat until sugar dissolves. Pour over rice; fold it into rice with flat wooden spoon or spatula. Do not stir. Cool to room temperature.

Assemble Rolls:
Lay sushi mat flat on table. Cover with plastic wrap if you wish. Top with one sheet of nori, lining it up with the bottom of the mat with a short edge closest to you.

Moisten your hands with a little rice vinegar and place about 1-1/2 cups sushi rice on nori. Press rice evenly to side edges and bottom of sheet leaving edge of nori furthest from you clear. Sprinkle sesame seeds over rice.

Lay 2 cucumber sticks end to end across bottom of rice. Follow with 2 crab sticks or lox slices, and top that with 2 avocado slices.

Carefully begin rolling by lifting mat and pressing ingredients in with your fingers. Roll up tightly, using mat to help and pressing evenly with your fingers. If you use plastic wrap, be sure to lift it with the mat. Remove mat and plastic. Repeat to make 4 rolls. Cut each crosswise into 6 or 8 slices with serrated knife. Serve with wasabi (Japanese horseradish).

Poster's Notes:
The rice will yield 6 cups.

Black sesame seeds look pretty.

Use medium to short grain rice. I get mine at the Oriental grocer and ask for Sushi rice. You might want to practice with just rice on the mat for a few times until you get the knack.

Posted by Sandra Glazier, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A