Birthday Temari Sushi Balls

Birthday Temari Sushi Balls

Bite-sized and cute – the perfect finger food for home parties.
*Temari are traditional Japanese embroidered balls, used for games.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Freshly cooked rice (1 1/4 rice cooker cups)
Recipe ID: 1948261
Wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
2 tablespoons
1/2 rounded tablespoon
1/4 scant teaspoon
☆Smoked salmon
1 filet
☆Cream cheese
2 teaspoons
1 slice
♡Dill (or carrot leaves)
2 pinches
♡Wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
1 tablespoon
1/2 scant teaspoon
3 dashes
♡ Soy sauce
A small amount
■Canned tuna (packed in oil)
■Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
(■) Mayonnaise (optional)
1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon
2 pinches
1 teaspoon
❤ Butter (if the avocado isn't ripe)
1/2 teaspoon
❤Lemon juice
1 teaspoon
1/2 tablespoon
❤Wasabi (paste)
1 cm
2 teaspoon
❤Roasted nori seaweed
1 sheet
4 slices
❤Red pickled ginger
2 handfuls


1. Cook the rice so that it's on the firm side. Let it steam and sit for 10 minutes, then mix with sushi vinegar (not listed). Let cool.
2. Boil the shrimp in salted water, then immerse in cold water. Once it has cooled, drain off the water.
3. Slice the shrimp in half lengthwise, remove the vein, and marinate in wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and soy sauce.
4. Mix the tuna with ■ ingredients (except the mayonnaise). Whisk the egg with □ ingredients, pour into a warm frying pan and scramble
5. In a sheet of plastic wrap, lay a portion of the scrambled egg and tuna, then a bite sized portion of rice and squeeze it into a ball.
6. Top with red pickled ginger.
7. In another sheet of plastic wrap, lay a salmon slice, 1/2 teaspoon of cream cheese, followed by a bite sized portion of rice. Squeeze into a ball and top with a slice of lemon.
8. Place a slice of shrimp back-to-front in a piece of plastic wrap. Lay a portion of rice on top, and squeeze into a ball. Top with a bit of greenery (dill, etc.) and a pea sized piece of scrambled egg.
9. Mash the avocado with lemon juice, wasabi, mayonnaise, mentsuyu, and finely sliced leeks. If the avocado isn't ripe enough, add a pat of butter.
10. Cut the nori sheet in 3 x 12 cm pieces, roll a portion of rice into a ball, and wrap the nori around it. Top with the mashed avocado mixture, cucumber slices, and red pickled ginger.
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Story Behind this Recipe

For my hubby's 40th birthday, we held a Washoku themed party and I made these (we live abroad).