Tuesday, April 3, 2012

DIY Sushi Party

My husband and I eat sushi almost once a week, and we have a few like-minded sushi-fanatic friends who join us pretty regularly. One of our friends threw out the idea that we should throw our own sushi party. All the husbands got together, did some research, and ordered some amazing sushi grade fish from Catalina Offshore Products, located in San Diego.

You literally order the fish one day, and the next it's shipped to your front door - at least if you live in Southern California anyway. We picked up the rest of the ingredients: sushi rice, soy paper, ginger, wasabi, saki and beer from a local Japanese market, and the produce we wanted to include in our rolls from Trader Joe's. It took the guys a few rounds of flattened, overly stuffed, albeit yummy rolls to get the hang of it, and they totally had it down by the end of the evening. We were all so stuffed and happy - our dudes are the best!

My friend Kiki and I made a ridiculously easy and delish Spicy Edamame appetizer, so I thought I'd share:

3 boxes of ready cooked Trader Joe's brand edamame
6 cloves finely chopped garlic
2 pinches of salt to taste
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil as needed

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the garlic and red pepper flakes on a medium fire until they've browned and have fully cooked. Remove them from the pan and reserve to the side. Heat another tablespoon of olive oil and generally toss in the edamame in batches. Sprinkle in a pinch or two of salt and coat evenly. Once you've warmed up all of the edamame, throw in the garlic/red pepper mix and toss to incorporate.

Serve with some ice cold sake and fresh sushi!

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