Saturday, March 29, 2014

Creamy Cucumber Avocado Rolls with Rice Wraps

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Rice Wraps sent over their new product Slice of Rice for me to try out in exchange for my honest review.  I love sushi, but have a bit of a problem.  I have a seafood allergy, so most sushi is not an option for me.  I was very exited to receive several sheets of white rice, and one sheet of brown rice, along with a few sheets of nori (seaweed) and a rolling mat.  My younger daughter is in her second year of taking Japanese, and has started to take an interest in Japanese food, so I enlisted her help for this recipe.  We hiked it to the store and she wanted to go with a veggie sushi, so we picked up some cucumbers, avocados and cream cheese.

Our Slice of Rice sheets came individually packed, and needed to be refrigerated, but must be warmed up to room temp before using, so we set them out on the table to warm up while we prepped our food.  I've never used a rolling mat before, but I have seen my aunt use one before, so without further instructions we got busy.

Slice of Rice
Nori sheets (seaweed)
Room temperature cream cheese
Thin slices of cucumber
Thin slices of avocado
Thin slices of boiled egg


Cut Slice of Rice package along three sides and place rice sheet onto rolling mat with the pocked side facing up.  Spread some cream cheese length wise on half of the rice sheet closest to you.  Place nori strip on top, covering cream cheese.  Add a few strips of cucumber, egg and avocado on top of nori.  Using rolling mat, roll rice up.  Cut into 5-6 even sized pieces, wetting knife after each cut.  Serve with some wasabi and enjoy.

I found that it took longer than the 3-5 minutes for my rice sheets to get to room temp, I would say more like 15 minutes.  It does take a bit of practice to get the hang of using the rolling mat.  You can't press down on the mat or the rice will crack, and it takes some trial and error to get the right amount of ingredients to fill the sushi roll without over or under filling it.  Wetting your knife between cuts is a must to keep the roll from sticking and tearing apart.  My daughter and I played with the ingredients a bit and some rolls had everything listed, while others did not.

My daughters and I demolished the entire stash of Slice of Rice that Rice Wraps sent us in one night.  They both gave it a thumbs up and were disappointed when the rice (and the sushi) ran out.  I even enjoyed the brown rice Slice of Rice, and I am not a fan of brown rice to begin with.

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