California Roll

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Sep. 21, 2012

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Ingredients

Cucumber 1 , slice
Avocado 1 , slice
Lemon wedges 1 , squeeze
Imitation crab meat 1 Packet
Sushi rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)

Directions

1. Cut ends off the cucumber. Cut the remaining portion to the same length as the

seaweed. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise, and then cut each half into thin

wedges.

2. Squeeze a little lemon juice onto a plate for the avocado. Peel and cut the

avocado in half. Then slice the avocado lengthwise very thin. Sprinkle with

lemon on top and between slices to prevent discoloration.

3. Place the sushi roll rice base seaweed side up.

4. Starting slightly closer to the front than the exact center, lay the crab sticks in an

even horizontal line from one end of the rice base to the other.

5. Layer the cucumber and avocado evenly along the line of crab sticks.

6. Lifting the corners of the bamboo mat nearest you, carefully roll the rice and

seaweed over the ingredients, pulling back the plastic wrap as you go. Squeeze

firmly, but not so hard that the ingredients are crushed inside.

7. Continue rolling carefully, pulling back the plastic wrap as you go, squeezing and

shaping until the roll is tight and complete. Make sure there is a little overlap of

the internal seaweed and external rice on the final turn. No ingredients should

extend beyond the seam.

8. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top and sides of the roll, patting gently so that

they stick.

9. Soak a clean dishtowel in a mixture of water and rice vinegar (1 cup water + 1 T.

vinegar). Wring out the excess liquid.

10. Place roll on a cutting board. With a very sharp knife, slice in half, and then cut

into pieces 2-3 cm thick, working outward toward each end. Wipe the blade of

the knife on the damp dishtowel between each cut. This method ensures the best

shape for each piece.

11. Arrange on a plate or sushi geta and serve with pickled ginger, wasabi (Japanese

horseradish) and soy sauce.

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