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!)