Monday, February 14, 2011

Mango-Pear Sushi with Pomegranate-Blueberry Wasabi

I have ALWAYS wanted to make fruit sushi. Why haven't I until now? Well.. I have no idea! *laughs* But you know, it was well worth the wait. Definitely something I'm going to make again. I made this wonderful fruit sushi for a dinner party, and OH BOY did it go over well! A friend of mine said she had never eaten so much in one sitting. ;)

This is sort of considered a dessert, because of the fruit, but the rice isn't sweet at all. If you like, feel free to add some sugar to the mix. I ended up having some rice left over (because I always make extra rice) so I made some fruit onigiri with banana, mango, and apple, and I can honestly say that I would never get tired of it! I really do love just about any sort of Japanese food, even if it's fusion vegan-geekery! :D

Mango-Pear Sushi with Pomegranate-Blueberry Wasabi

2 cups prepared sushi rice (I added some shredded coconut into the rice pre-cooking)
1 mango, sliced into thin strips
1 pear, sliced into thin strips
1 banana, mashed
1 apple, shredded
2 peeled cucumbers

Using a vegetable peeler or cheese slicer, shave long, flat strips of cucumber, and discard the seedy insides.
Lay out the cucumber strips vertically on a bamboo mat, overlapping them to make a continuous sheet (this will replace for the usual sushi nori). Pat dry.
Press about 1/2 cup of sushi rice onto the bottom half of the cucumber sheet, making sure to press the rice all the way out to the ends. Smear out a spoon of mashed banana onto the rice, then add a few slices of pear, mango, and some of the shredded apple.
Using the bamboo mat, roll up your sushi. Try to keep all of the fillings in the center of the rice. Get it as tight as you can, then using a very sharp knife, cut into 1" to 1 1/2" rounds.
Garnish with pickled ginger and Pomegranate Blueberry wasabi dipping sauce (see below).

Pomegranate Blueberry Wasabi
1 tbsp. Wasabi powder (available at most Asian markets)
1/4 cup Pomegranate Blueberry juice
1 tsp. Tamari

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together with a fork until well incorporated. If you can only find wasabi paste, just double the amount of wasabi, and you're good to go! :) (I didn't show the wasabi in the picture because the color didn't photograph well. Tastes great though!)


VegHead said...

This was one of my fave dishes that we had that night!! I put the Pomegranate-Blueberry Wasabi on pretty much everything we had at the dinner...I STRONGLY recommend. It is a guaranteed hit!!!!!!

Lyra said...

Yay!! Which one are you from our night-o-goodies? You have no profile!! :P

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Sounds delicious as always! Never thought of fruit sushi! Such a beautiful dish!

sarah j. gim said...

LOOOOOOVE! and really, the pomegranate blueberry wasabi sounds curiously delicious.

Jacki said...

They look beautiful! Did you use sushi vinegar in the rice? For dessert sushi I generally use a mixture of lime juice and sugar, I've never tried fruit sushi with sushi vinegar.

Lyra said...

Thanks guys!

Jacki, I prepared it like normal, except I added in some coconut before cooking. I'm not really a fan of super sweet rice, and the fruit was the real star of this dish, so I didn't want to over-sweeten. :)

Hillary said...

That looks insanely delicious and refreshing! Nice job.

Marisa said...

The pomegranate blueberry wasabi wounds neat. I've made sushi with a blueberry gastrique but never thought to spice it up with wasabi. Cool.

Lovliebutterfly said...

Pomegranate-Blueberry wasabi! Wow that sounds divine! What wonderful fruit sushis! Yum!

Virtually Vegan Mama said...

This looks great, right up my alley. =) found you on tastespotting =)


Virtually Vegan Mama said...

this looks great, right up my alley...found you on tastespotting