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Simply Nori-shing Vegetable Rolls (Virtual Vegan Potluck)

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It’s time for another glorious Virtual Vegan Potluck. This time around I’m bringing an appetizer. After poring over pictures of food, specializing in the hors d’oeuvres and appetizer varieties, I decided upon something in the sushi domain.

A friend of mine had a great make-your-own-sushi party. It was a ton of fun. It opened my eyes. Sushi really isn’t that tough to make, is incredibly accepting of ingredients, and is great for parties.

I didn’t get into eating sushi that much until this year, mostly because I’m not a big rice fan. However, the sushi store in the food court at the building where I work is one of the last decent food stands around that serves some vegetarian/vegan options. So, I thought I’d give sushi my own twist by taking out the rice component, and voila.. I don’t have one of those fancy bamboo rolling mats (although they are pretty cheap and relatively easy to find), but I’d recommend one to make it easier.

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This is probably the easiest recipe to experiment with to date. I usually try two to three different takes on the recipes before I post them to ensure maximum satisfaction for those brave enough to take them on. This one, oh this recipe, was beautiful. Each roll became another combination of vegetable goodness until I had just the right ingredients. That said, you’ll still take at most a third of the time it took me to make all seven rolls, but I encourage you to experiment with whatever you have in your cupboards. Let me know what you put in!

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Because this isn’t really sushi, I thought I’d share a band that isn’t really Japanese but certainly embody the aesthetic to some degree. They’re called IO Echo, a duo from Los Angeles, and they just released their debut album, Ministry of Love, a couple of months ago. This song, “When The Lillies Die”, is from that album.

Simply Nori-shing Vegetable Rolls

Makes 42 small rolls, good as appetizers for potlucks of 20 people or dinner party of 8.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 9 ounces, 255 grams shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 7 sheets nori
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted and julienned as best you can
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and julienned
  • 1 medium to large carrot, julienned
  • 3 1/2 ounces, 100 grams alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 ounce, 30 grams fresh parsley
  • 1 ounce, 30 grams fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  1. In a large pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shiitake mushrooms and sauté until they start to brown. Remove from heat and toss with sesame seeds. Allow to cool.
  2. Prepare your work area with a bamboo sushi‑rolling mat coated with plastic wrap to prevent sticking, and a bowl of lukewarm water for moistening the nori. It’s also handy to have a cloth to wipe your hands on.
  3. Lay a piece of nori on the prepared mat. If the nori has perforations ensure they are running horizontally. Using your fingers, dampen the right edge of the nori with water. Roughly estimate about a seventh of each ingredient (cooked mushrooms, avocado, cucumber, carrot, sprouts, parsley, and basil) and place these about an inch from the moistened right edge. Attempt to make all the ingredients run in a solid line from top to bottom (the ginger probably won’t cooperate so six evenly spaced dabs will work).
  4. To roll, fold the right edge of the nori over the ingredients, using the mat to assist you. The water will help the sushi stick to itself. Pull the roll tight. Now moisten the left edge of the sushi. Complete the roll, ensuring that everything is distributed evenly and held tightly together. You can wrap the mat around the roll and gently even it out by rolling it back and forth with medium pressure.
  5. Repeat with the other sheets of nori.
  6. To cut, wet a sharp knife and cut into six even portions. Re-wet the knife between cuts, or as needed, to prevent tearing the nori



Thanks to AnnieSomer, JasonLidia and all the hands that helped for all the work she did organizing this. And thank you for stopping by. Enjoy the rest of the potluck!

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61 comments on “Simply Nori-shing Vegetable Rolls (Virtual Vegan Potluck)

  1. sweetveg
    May 10, 2013

    I think that’s funny that it was the rice that kept you away, not the nori. I think for most people it’s the nori. Thanks for the inspiring recipe. I never thought of leaving out the rice. 🙂

    • kahht
      May 10, 2013

      Yeah! I’ve been eating seaweed for a long time but it did take a bit to get used to. If you want something with carbs but not rice you can use quinoa with a bit of rice vinegar in it. Other grains might work too.

  2. luminousvegans
    May 10, 2013

    Homemade vegan sushi is the best! Yours looks awesome and chock full of good ingredients.

    • kahht
      May 10, 2013

      I’m definitely making these again and trying some other fresh veggies… but always the ginger. Very important.

  3. Somer
    May 10, 2013

    Those look so good! I love rolling my own homemade rolls! I’ll have to try your recipe!

    • kahht
      May 10, 2013

      Please do… but feel free to throw in your own twists 😉

  4. The Little Foxes
    May 10, 2013

    Tasty and healthy!

    • kahht
      May 10, 2013

      Absolutely! A very good combination.

  5. Sophie33
    May 10, 2013

    You made a great & tasty entry for this VVP! I loved it all! The sushi rolls look very tasty too! I also joined this year in the dessert section! Have fun exploring us all! 🙂

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      Rhubarb and pear is such a brilliant combination. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  6. lucylox
    May 10, 2013

    Mmmm. I’ve never made my own sushi, but your recipe has convinced me to give it a go 🙂

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Awesome! Best of luck.

  7. alexanderwillowharvey
    May 10, 2013

    I like that the rice isnt in here! So much more crunch!!!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      And a bit less work too!

  8. sugarcoatedvegan
    May 10, 2013

    These looks fabulous! I never thought to add sprouts to sushi but I’ve got to try it. Happy VVP!

    – alexis
    http://www.sugarcoatedvegan.com

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Sprouts have so much flavour packed in. I recommend it.

  9. veghotpot
    May 11, 2013

    I am yet to try making my own sushi but it looks less difficult than I thought so I really must try it soon!! Love the ingredients you’ve chosen, avocado and ginger especially! Yum!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Yeah. I was worried about not having a bamboo sushi rolling mat but it worked out fine. The most time consuming part was julienning all the vegetables.

      • veghotpot
        May 17, 2013

        I’ve got a friend round this weekend to have a sushi making party 🙂 can’t wait to make these!!

  10. Poppy
    May 11, 2013

    Very skilled and very colourful. I love the illustration picture too! 🙂

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Thank you 🙂 I’m trying to draw more this year… a drawing a day was my New Years resolution.

      • Poppy
        May 11, 2013

        What a great resolution! It definitely beats exercise more and cut down on chocolate!!

  11. Ula
    May 11, 2013

    I will be trying this. Love that it’s without rice.
    -Ula
    http://broccoliaddict.wordpress.com/

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Cool! I hope you like it.

  12. sammysfood
    May 11, 2013

    Beautiful! I’ll be trying these for sure 🙂

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Awesome! Good luck.

  13. Trish @infinebalance
    May 11, 2013

    Sushi is a great thing for a potluck! They look great and I kinda like that there is no rice.

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      It does work really well for a potluck. I also like the “sushi bar” where people can add what they like and make their own roll and then share it.

  14. An Unrefined Vegan
    May 11, 2013

    Still haven’t tried rolling my own (hehe)! What a great dish to bring – thank you so much for participating! (Fun that you included a video, too.)

  15. Kammie
    May 11, 2013

    I’ve never made my own but this looks SO awesome!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      You should try! Best of luck.

  16. Treesa
    May 11, 2013

    Great pics, I especially appreciate the how-to pics. What a great addition to the potluck. Healthy, fresh, yummy finger food!

  17. Amanda
    May 11, 2013

    I LOVE this. We have sushi for dinner a lot, but only when I remember to make brown rice and get veggies AND have time to roll (though it is usually pretty quick). Forget that, I’m making mine straight veggie next time!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Yay! Do it!

  18. I love these! Happy VVP!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      HAPPY VVP DAY!

  19. The Healthy Flavor
    May 11, 2013

    Those are really beautiful and creative! Never tried sushi rolls before..these are very convincing!!

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      These are a bit easier than ones with rice in them. Best of luck if you give them a try.

  20. These look lovely. Your illustrations are wonderful, I love your stylish blog! Happy VVP!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Well, thank you and thanks for stopping by.

  21. spinachrevolution
    May 11, 2013

    I really like the idea of adding shiitake mushrooms. They are my favourite fungi. I sometimes like leaving the sushi to “rest” for a bit and then the nori goes a bit chewy. The shiitakes will make it even chewier…I like! Thank you

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      You are very welcome! I like the idea of letting sushi rest for a chewier result. That sounds tasty.

  22. Yum! You just instantly convinced me that I need to try adding sprouts to my homemade maki-zushi. Beautiful photos and recipe!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      Do it, it’s great.

  23. Brittany
    May 11, 2013

    These are gorgeous!! They look straight out of a sushi restaurant!! I was given VERY nice knives for Christmas and have been waiting for the perfect sushi recipe to try them out with. Gotta have good knives for a good sushi cut! YUM!

    • kahht
      May 11, 2013

      I can at times be found at the Japanese knife store in town admiring the beautiful hand-made knives! They cut like nobody’s business.

  24. The Almost Vegan
    May 11, 2013

    I have nori in the pantry to try this with! I was going to add quinoa to mine!

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      Yeah! Quinoa would be a great touch. Have fun 🙂

  25. thecrueltyfreereview
    May 11, 2013

    I’ve tried sushi a few times before and I have a hard time getting past the nori. However, they were rolls that were pre-made in a package or from a buffet, so I’m thinking that I should try making my own. Maybe fresh is really really the only way to go. Thanks for sharing!

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      Maybe! Seaweed does have a really strong and sometimes overpowering flavour. If you try homemade sushi just back it really full and use something like ginger or wasabi so the taste of nori isn’t the strongest aroma in the mix.

  26. Maggie Muggins
    May 11, 2013

    Hurrah for more Calgary vegheads! I can’t believe I’m just discovering your blog now.
    I’ve always been a homemade sushiphobe, I love the stuff but I’m worried I won’t do it justice, it’s about time I got over it because yours look fab!

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      It’s different enough from the stuff you can buy that there’s not much to compare to… therefore no disappointment, right?

  27. annesturetucker
    May 12, 2013

    Fabulous vegetable rolls, they look so delicious! And thank you for the music 🙂

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      Oh! You are welcome. Music with every recipe… or at least, that’s what I try to do.

  28. Eat,live,burp
    May 12, 2013

    Music and good food..you certainly know how to entertain:) These rolls look great.

    • kahht
      May 12, 2013

      Thanks! I love the name of your blog – I think it is inspiration for the enjoyment life. Perfect.

  29. tinykitchenstories
    May 13, 2013

    I’m impressed with anyone who tries to make sushi. These look delish! Love your artwork, too. Happy VVP!

    • kahht
      May 13, 2013

      You should try it, it’s not too hard. And you have a great little drawing of yourself, I must say! I’m excited to try your schnicker bars 🙂

      • tinykitchenstories
        May 14, 2013

        Thanks! A friend of mine did that…Average Joe Art. He’s awesome! I wish I could draw… Happy VVP! 🙂

  30. Kerry
    May 17, 2013

    I love recipes that are easy to experiment with! Thanks for sharing! – Kerry (from The Split Plate)

    • kahht
      May 20, 2013

      Me too! It’s so much fun.

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