I love my parents. A few years ago, I started giving them Christmas gifts that were not so much gifts as events that they would be forced to attend with me. I think they like it.
These past holidays, one of these gifts was a sushi party to be hosted at their house after they returned to Ontario after a very long winter holiday. My Mom has been wanting to learn to make sushi and has asked a few times over the years if I'd show her and a few of her friends how. I really like making sushi, and was pretty thrilled when I figured out that all sorts of nori (seaweed) rolls were possible, including rice-free rolls.
I had a completely wonderful evening at the sushi dinner, and the other guests seem to have as well.
Below I've copied out my shopping list, preparation, and the booklet of recipes and instructions I handed out at the event. You can also download the recipe handout as a .pdf by clicking this link!
Sushi party shopping list
Ingredients for a sushi party and gift bags for five couples
Recipes to make:
- BLT sushi
- Fish sushi
- Paleo matcha macaroons
Shopping list for recipes:
- Instant miso soup packets (10)
- Coconut oil
- Toasted sesame seeds
- 2 T coconut flour
- Matcha powder
- 2 oz unsweet dark chocolate
- 2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut
- Sake (1)
- Sapporo (2 cases)
- Sushi rice
- Cream cheese
- Cauliflower (2)
- Fish filet (2 large or 6 small)
- Thick bacon
- Tomato (2)
- Lettuce (romaine)
- Cucumber (1)
- Carrot (1)
Shopping list to make five gift bags:
- Paper bag full of sushi rice
- Recipe book
- Rice wine vinegar
- Pickled ginger
- Sushi mat
- Cutting board
- Soy sauce
and 2 each:
- Dipping bowls
- Sushi plate
- Make matcha macaroons or execute your alternate plan for dessert, steam or poach your fish, bake or fry your bacon, make your cauliflower rice, and steam your rice and quinoa. Add about 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar per three cups cooked rice or rice substitute and stir it in. You can make these at your leisure and stash them in the fridge, you'll be serving everything cold or room temperature.
- Watch some videos on rolling sushi, and maybe make and eat a trial one for lunch.
- Set out a placemat and name card for each person attending make-your-own-sushi dinner; on each placemat put:
- Dipping bowl with pickled ginger and wasabi
- Sushi plate
- Bowl for miso soup with packet in the bowl
- In between placemats for each pair, put:
- Little bowl of water with a silicon basting brush or paint brush (for sealing the sushi)
- Cutting board
- Large knife (!)
- Bamboo rolling mat
- Soy sauce
- Note that all of the above items except the knife will go in their gift bag at the end of the evening.
- Find large, shallow dishes - I used pie plates and shallow casserole dishes. Fill with a layer of ice, and then cover with saran wrap. On these dishes, put:
- thinly sliced or shredded vegetables (lettuce, carrot, tomato, cucumber)
- poached or steamed fish
- sliced cream cheese
- cooked bacon
- Place large shallow dishes from step 4 and bowls containing toasted sesame seeds, rice, quinoa, and cauliflower "rice" in the centre of each table. I set up two tables and the island in the kitchen to accommodate 5 couples.
After your guests arrive and you serve them all drinks, get folks to empty their miso packets into their bowls and boil some water. Add water to everyone's bowls and have them stir it up. Once it cools a bit, I got everyone to drink it out of the bowls - no spoons allowed!
Then get each group of guests rolling with the ingredients of their choice; I made a demo roll for each table and then mostly left them to their own devices...
And the results were pretty awesome!
For two rolls; this recipe is also in the booklet I handed out
- Two nori roasted seaweed sheets
- 0.25 cup cooked sushi rice, scrambled eggs, cauliflower rice, or quinoa
- Two leaves of thinly sliced lettuce
- A few tbsp. diced tomato or salsa
- Four strips of bacon
- Place nori on bamboo rolling mat. Cover sparsely with the a few spoonfuls of rice or other filling, leaving 2” uncovered on one edge. Place thin strips of other ingredients down the middle.
- Roll sushi in mat, using brush and water to secure edge.
- Slice with sharp knife and serve with dipping sauces of your choice.
Serve dessert and drinks, sneakily wash everyone's chopsticks, mats, and dishes and put these along with soy sauce and nori in their gift bags, and done! Too much fun. I am happy to say that after this evening, we had one sushi convert (she had never tried it before, and has since been frequenting sushi restaurants!) and one couple hosted their own party!