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Apple Frushi

3 cups short-grain white rice, or other sushi rice
3 cups water
4 Tbsp apple juice
4 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
4 apples, of different varieties
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 package "party sushi" soy wrappers (there's a variety pack without the non-vegan pink ones)
dipping sauce of your choice

Place the rice in a saucepan and cover with water. Swish it around and drain the water (carefully!). Repeat until the water runs clear. Drain water a final time, and let the rice sit for 5 minutes. After five minutes, add the 3 cups water and let sit for another 5 minutes.

Heat the saucepan over high heat, and simmer (on low) and cover for 10 minutes. Do not lift the lid during this time! Do not stir! Do not pass go!

Check the rice after 10 minutes by pushing it away from the wall of the pan with a rice paddle. If there's still water, let it simmer more; if not, let it sit (no heat) for 10 minutes.

Add the apple juice, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a small saucepan, and heat over high. Stir rapidly, and once it starts to bubble, pour evenly onto the cooked rice.

Now it's time to cool the rice. You can just leave it covered on the counter for forever, cheat and put it in the fridge, or charge one of your unwitting roommates with the duty of fanning it.

Once the rice is cool enough to handle, core the apples and slice into eight wedges each. Slice each wedge in half lengthwise (the non-symmetrical way). Lay out a soy wrapper on a sheet of plastic wrap. Place a quarter of the rice on it, cover with another sheet of plastic wrap, and press and spread the rice around until it evenly covers the wrapper.

Now here comes a decision. Do you want inside-out rolls? If you do, flip the plastic wraps/rice stuff over. If not, well, don't do anything. Take off the sheet of plastic wrap facing you, and line up you apple slices along one side of the rectangle. Overlap them, and if you have extra apple, eat it =) Take a ½ tsp of the pumpkin pie spice and sprinkle evenly over your apples.

Roll up your sushi by picking up one end of the plastic wrap (the one with the apples) to press the rice. If you have a sushi mat, that's great, if not, we're using plastic wrap. Slice your rolled sushi into… sixths. Eighths. Whatever you want.

Arrange all pretty on a plate and serve with your favorite fruity dipping sauce. I ate them plain =)


Anonymous said...

Very beautiful & intriguing ... really can't wait to find out who the chef & photographer are on this one.


Anonymous said...

MDVegan Says... Hurray! A use for my sushi party wrappers!!!!!!!!!!!

Laura said...

That is very creative!


Anonymous said...

(author here)

if anyone tries this with nori sheets instead of the soy wrappers, let me know how it goes. I was too afraid to see if the flavors go well :/

Jennifer H. said...

Wow! I thought the wrappers were green apple peels until I read further!
I love this idea! It would be great with quinoa!

Jennifer H. said...

If you made inside out rolls it'd be cute to roll the outside in florida crystals.

Anonymous said...

(author again)

When I was coming up with this recipe, everyone suggested apple peel as the wrapper, but thinking about this made me realize how hard that would be (skinning an apple and leaving the peel whole enough to make a sushi sheet out of it). Sushi party wrappers it is!

I bet you could also use a series of fruit leathers as the wrapper.