New Twist on an old Treat: Candy Sushi
This weekend we were feeling crafty in the kitchen and I'd like to share our results!
I had seen "candy sushi" before but thought some of it was a little silly with twinkies or powdered doughnuts as the rice. To me, it seemed perfectly clear that candy sushi should be made with rice Krispie treats. From there I decided fruit leather and fruit roll-ups are the perfect substitute for the fish. Andrew (4.5 yrs) had fun helping me "cut" the shapes with a pizza cutter and was good at helping pour when making the rice krispie treats. So, without further ado, here is my "how to" make candy sushi:
Rice Krispies Cereal
4 cups (or 10 oz) marshmallows
3 tbsp butter
Variety of Fruit Rollups / Fruit leathers (For the nori or seaweed, I used the "mariani" brand fruit roll-ups which are located in the produce section, not the snack aisle. Sour apple has that dark green color).
Pot and spoon for mixing Rice Krispie treats
Spray Oil (helps when working with the rice krispie mix)
1) Start by unpacking the fruit bits and cutting them to the sizes you like with the rolling pizza cutter. Rectangles for the nigiri toppers, long slices for stuffing the roll, strips for the outside of a roll, and 1/2" thick strips of the sour green apple to imitate the nori (Seaweed)
2) Melt the butter and marshmallows in the pot and make a recipe of rice krispie treat per the recipe on the box of cereal
3) While the butter and marshmallows are melting, lay out the cellophane on the sushi mat, and then arrange pieces of fruit leather for the outside of your roll. This way it's ready for the warm rice krispie treat to be layered on top.
4) After mixing the cereal into the melted marshmallow, you will need to work fast. Using an oiled spoon and oiled hands (a light spray of olive oil should be fine), layer a thin (1/2-3/4") amount of rice krispie treat onto the prepped roll. Flatten this (be brutal, it'll work into shape) and then place the thin strips of fruit inside. Once it's ready, use the cellophane to roll it over, and then use the mat to tighten the roll down into shape. One recipe of rice krispie treat will get you at least 2 rolls, and several nigiri too.
5) Form the bases for the nigiri sushi. Try to work while the rice krispie mix is still warm, using lightly oiled hands. Kids can help with this part but be sure the mix isn't too hot to handle for them. Work the treats into approx 1" X 2" ovals and set them aside to cool completely. If you have any left form it into traditional rice krispie treats in a small dish.
6) Now assemble your nigiri sushi by placing a rectangle of fruit leather on top, and wrapping with the nori (sour apple fruit rollup). Store in sealed containers where possible. They get really sticky and probably shouldn't be stored for more than a couple of days. But who could resist eating them before then???