One thing that really brings me joy is hosting dinners where I can have a bunch of my close friends together to enjoy good food and good company (see my article on The Girl Who Knows Mag about that topic here). For the last dinner I hosted, we made homemade sushi!
I opted for something more hands on since it would be fun to have something more engaging as well as a chance for people to learn how to do something new. Several of my friends who came had experience making sushi already which was perfect since they were able to help all the newbies. What I also really like about sushi that is homemade is that you can make everything fully customized to your own personal tastes.
One of the most important things about sushi is the rice. It is highly recommended that you let rice soak in water for several hours (or more) prior to cooking. It really brings out the flavor and helps get it to the perfect consistency. You also have to use seasoned rice vinegar in order to flavor the rice properly after it’s cooked (just make sure you don’t overdo it).
We did a variety of fish: salmon, tuna, smelt egg, and mayo crab; we also had cucumbers and were supposed to also have avocado but ended up forgetting about that (whoops!). For the fish, everything was sashimi grade. If I’m eating fish raw, I definitely don’t get anything but sashimi grade and the one thing I remember from working at a sushi restaurant is the correct colors that fresh fish should be.
To roll, you will need a bamboo sushi rolling mat. You then lay out the seaweed, sushi rice, and whatever you want inside of your roll and then roll and tuck away!
Also on the side, we included a yummy sesame seaweed salad as well as a huge bowl of iced somen noodles with dipping sauce. Somen is so refreshing and I love putting wasabi, ground ginger, and green onions into my noodle sauce so it has even more of a kick.
While the prep (and cleanup) for dinner parties can be daunting, I have so much fun hosting that I never mind it! Any recommendations on what I should serve at my next one? Leave a comment below!