Yutaka Sushi Valentine’s Treat for Two
Valentines Sushi Pizza for two:
- 2 Yutaka Nori Sheets
- 250g Yutaka Sushi rice
- 3 tblsp Yutaka Rice vinegar
- Yutaka Silken Tofu
- 2 tsp Yutaka Yuzu
- Yutaka Tamari soy sauce (to serve)
- 2 tblsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Smoked Salmon
- Cucumber (optional)
- 2 red peppers
- Mayonnaise in a squeezy bottle (optional)
- Yutaka Wasabi paste (to serve)
- 2 large tomatoes
- 2 medium avocados
- Juice 1 lemon
- 1 banana shallot – finely grated
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- ½ tsp chilli powder
- Dash of Tabasco sauce
- Salt and freshly milled black pepper
First, make the sushi base – wash the rice 3 or 4 times with cold water. Drain rice with sieve. Add 330ml water and the washed rice to a saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for 25-30 mins. Do not open the lid. Mix rice vinegar, sugar and salt together and fold into the cooked rice after it has cooled down.
Cut each Nori sheet into half a heart shape and place on baking tray to make a completed heart shape.
Marinade Tofu slices cut in the shape of hearts about .5cm thick in 1 tbs Yutaka Rice wine and 1 tsp Yuzu for 20 mins. Drain. If cooked Tofu preferred then dip in a little cornflour and fry quickly on a high heat setting in an oiled pan, until brown on both sides. Drain on kitchen roll.
Make the guacamole
Skin the tomatoes (pop them into a basin of boiling water, leave for a few minutes and then skin). Quarter them and scoop out seeds and discard. Chop the flesh into small pieces.
Halve the avocados and remove stones. Peel off skins, chop flesh and put into bowl, then pour over lemon juice and 1 tsp Yuzu and mash. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic, chilli powder, Tabasco and salt and pepper (you can use a food processor for this). Taste for seasoning and then chill mixture in fridge.
Carefully press the seasoned sushi rice on to the nori sheet heart and, with the back of a spoon, smooth to a thickness of around 1cm, taking care to go right up to the edges – refrigerate for 20 mins.
Using a small heart shaped cutter, cut out smoked salmon, cucumber and red pepper heart shapes.
Now to build the pizza – first spread the guacamole over the sushi rice, making sure to keep an edge of plain rice. Decorate with smoked salmon, red pepper and Tofu heart shapes.