Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl

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Deconstructed Sushi Bowl with Pickled 
Watermelon Radishes
Pickled watermelon radishes and onions with seasoned sushi rice.

In the spirit of Valentines Day, lets talk pink foods. Savory, sexy pink foods, to be specific. The watermelon radish falls neatly into all three of those categories. This dish has more than a handful of components, but the pickled watermelon radishes are undeniably the star; they add an intense depth of flavor without being overpowering (Recipe here: Slow Club Cookery's Pickled Watermelon Radishes). So here it is, the deconstructed sushi bowl. A bed of seasoned sushi rice topped with citrus, pickled watermelon radishes, onions and toasted nori strips. Wowza. Drizzle a little tamari over the top and there you have it, sushi in a bowl.
Easy, beautiful, done.
Sushi rice with rice vinegar and organic sugar. 

Deconstructed Sushi Bowl
(Serves 4)

2 cup sushi rice
2Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
2Tbsp organic sugar
1Tbsp kosher salt
1c pickled watermelon radishes, sliced
1 peeled navel orange, cut into segments
1 large toasted nori seaweed sheet,
cut into strips with kitchen scissors or
a VERY sharp knife, can also be crumbled
1 avocado sliced into 1/4" segments, optional
Tamari or soy sauce for serving

Preparing sushi rice:
Measure out sushi rice into medium saucepan.
Add enough water to cover, swirl and pour off water.
Repeat 2-3 times until water runs clean.
Add 2 cups of water, stir and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to low.
Cook for 15 minutes.
Allow to stand for 10 minutes after cooking time is up.

Whisk sugar and salt into rice vinegar until dissolved.
Turn cooked sushi rice into large mixing bowl.
Pour rice vinegar over rice.
Using a wooden spoon, fold rice over itself allowing vinegar mix to coat all grains.
Allow rice to cool to room temperature.

Once sushi rice has cooled:
Place 1/2c of sushi rice in the bottom of each serving bowl.
Add 1/4 of the orange segments.
Top with 1/4cup of the matchsticked pickled watermelon radishes and onions.
Drizzle a little of the pickling liquid over top.
Finish off with a handful of nori strips and a drizzle of tamari.

Finished dish, isn't that gorgeous??

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