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California Rolls for Entertaining

California Rolls for Entertaining

These are superb California rolls using good quality crab sticks. This maki-zushi is rolled with crab sticks so it looks splendid and is great for entertaining.

Ingredients: 2 rolls

Sushi rice
1 rice cooker cup (180 ml uncooked)
Nori seaweed
1 sheet
Good quality crab sticks
16
Avocado
1/4
Cucumber
1/3
Carrot
3 cm
Lettuce
1 leaf
Ground white sesame seeds
as needed (to your liking)

Steps

1. Cut the cucumber lengthways into 6 pieces. Julienne the carrot. Slice the avocado diagonally. Tear the lettuce leaf roughly. Line the makisu mat with cling film.
2. Cut the nori seaweed in half and place onto the makisu mat. Spread half the amount of the sushi rice evenly and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Turn over so the nori side faces up.
3. Place the lettuce, carrot, cucumber, half the amount of the avocado and 2 crab sticks. Roll up from the front.
4. After rolling up the sushi press it firmly inside the makisu mat (not too hard as the filling might come out). Transfer the sushi onto a chopping board lined with cling film.
5. Cut open the middle of the crab sticks lengthways. Place the crab sticks onto 4.
6. After putting the crab sticks onto the sushi, cover with a makisu mat and press firmly to secure the shape in place. Slice the sushi into 6 pieces with a moistened knife. Serve with wasabi and soy sauce.

Story Behind this Recipe

I used good quality crab sticks which looked like real crab meat. I used the crab sticks as filling and surface decoration as well so that you can enjoy the crab flavour and texture.