Mesquite smoked turkey, avocado, cucumber,and sushi rice rolled in nori seaweed. This is also a great recipefor turning leftover holiday turkey into something intriguinglynew and tasty.
Recipe: Turkey “Sushi”
1 pound Honeysuckle White Mesquite SmokedTurkey Breast (1/3) 1 avocado 1 cucumber The following can be purchased at an Asian grocery: 2 cups Japanese sushi rice 1/2 cup sushi vinegar or use 1/2 cup rice vinegar* 1 package sushi nori (seaweed sheets) 1 wasabi or use 1 can wasabi powder** Soy sauce as needed Pickled ginger as needed Hot chili pepper paste as needed
Directions For Smoked Turkey CaliforniaRoll
Cook 2 cups sushi rice per package directions.Meanwhile, if you are substituting your own seasoned rice vinegar,combine 1/2 cup rice vinegar with 1/4 cup granulated sugar and2 teaspoons salt. Heat and stir until sugar and salt have dissolved.Remove from heat and cool while the rice is cooking. If you areusing the wasabi powder, mix 2 tablespoons of the powder withenough water to make a thick paste.
Prepare thick-sliced smoked turkey byslicing into long strips 1/3-inch wide. Place 1/2 pound turkeystrips into a dish and cover with chili paste. Set aside to marinatewhile you prepare other ingredients. Peel and slice the cucumberin 1/3-inch wide strips. Peel and slice the avocado. As soonas the rice is finished cooking, allow it to cool for 10 minutes.Drizzle sushi vinegar or your vinegar mixture over rice and mixthoroughly.
Place a sheet of nori seaweed on a bamboomat. Spread a thin layer of rice (about 1 1/2 cups). Spread therice near the edges and 3/4 of the way to one end of the nori.Place one slice of turkey and cucumber and slices of avocadoon rice. With your thumbs, curl the bamboo mat around the sushiand begin to roll it away from you, pressing firmly. Lift bamboomat while rolling so it doesn’t get rolled up in the sushi. Whenyou have finished rolling, gently press the mat around the rollto shape it. The art of sushi making is in trying to center theingredients in the middle of the roll. Don’t worry, it tastesthe same whether or not it’s centered. Place roll seam side downon cutting surface to cool.
Directions for Spicy Turkey CaliforniaRolls
Spread a thin layer of rice, about 3/8-inchthick, almost to the edges of the nori. Cover with a sheet ofplastic wrap and flip the entire thing over, so that the riceis on the plastic, which is on the mat. Place a spicy turkeystrip, cucumber, and avocado slices on the nori. Begin to rolllike you did before, only this time you will be pulling backthe plastic wrap as you roll, so it doesn’t get rolled in withthe sushi. Continue rolling until finished, and place on cuttingboard to cool until all of your rolls are made and you are readyto slice.
Slice into 1-inch thick pieces. ServeCalifornia Rolls on a platter with pickled ginger and wasabi.The pickled ginger is eaten between tastings to cleanse the palate.Wasabi paste resembles avocado dip in color and appearance. Eachguest should mix a small amount of wasabi in a dish with soysauce for a spicy dipping sauce.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts: Amount Per Serving Calories:341 Calories from fat: 77 Total fat: 9 gm Saturated fat: 1 gmCholesterol: 33 mg Sodium: 1314 mg Carbohydrate: 46 gm Protein:24 gm
Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof Honeysuckle White, a division of Cargill, Incorporated. Usedwith permission.
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