Sushi Sandwich

Okay. Going out for sushi is one of my favourite things to do but, making sushi? Pretty much at the bottom of the list of culinary endeavors. If you feel the same, never fear, I have devised a solution. In convenient sandwich form. I present: The Sushi Sandwich.


Let me start by saying that you don't have to make your sushi sandwich round, or wrap it in nori, for it to be super tasty. I like to do it because I feel like I'm eating an actual sushi roll but, it does take a bit more effort than your average sandwich. It also really impresses people at parties!


Sushi Sandwich
Serves 6-8*

Ingredients

For the Tempura
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup cold water**
3 tbsp oil, plus much more for frying
1 sweet potato, sliced into disks
2 cups mushrooms, sliced

For the Sandwich
12 slices of white bread***
2 avocados, cored, peeled and sliced to a uniform thickness
1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced into disks
Super Sexy Vegan Ponzu-esque Sauce, recipe found here
1-2 nori sheets, cut into long strips, 1 inch wide

For the Tempura: Combine the flour, baking powder, water and oil in a bowl. Do not over mix, a lump or two won't ruin anything. Allow the batter to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. In a deep pan, heat several inches of oil over high heat. The oil should be deep so your tempura can float instead of sticking to the bottom of the pan. Coat the sliced vegetables in the batter and drop them into the hot oil. BE CAREFUL. PLEASE DO NOT BURN YOURSELF. Do not add too many pieces to the pan at once. Overcrowding will lead to problems. Fry for 3 minutes, turning once, until crisp and golden. With a slotted or mesh spoon, remove the tempura from the pan, allowing any excess oil to drip off. Allow tempura to drain further and cool slightly on paper towel.



To Assemble the Sandwich: Using a cookie cutter or something similar, (I use a tupperware container), cut out large circles of bread. Layer your ingredients atop a bread round, I prefer to alternate between fresh green, and crisp tempura. Drizzle your super sexy vegan ponzu-esque sauce over your vegetable layers before topping your sandwich with a bread round. Place your sandwich on top the middle of a nori strip. Bring the ends of the nori strip together, wrapping the strip around the sandwich, and seal them together with a little bit of water.

Enjoy your sushi sandwich adventure!

* This number adjusts depending on whether you are using entire slices of bread, or bread rounds.
** Tempura batter recipes sometimes call for carbonated water instead of flat. The bubbles add to the lightness of the final product.
*** I had wanted to use rice bread to maximize the authenticity of this sandwich. However, after several attempts I decided that rice bread is simply too dry. The texture of white bread most closely provides the experience of enjoying a traditional roll made with rice.

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