It is funny how much things you can do with a cauliflower. Last time I shared with you the cauliflower pizza crust – recipe here – and today it is those Cauliflower Rice Sushi Rolls. I choose to use cauliflower as a substitute to rice in sushi rolls. To make those rolls you need a good food processor to pulse the cauliflower into a fine powder. I used only 1/4 of the cauliflower I had because it was a huge cauliflower. Make sure you only use the florets and remove the ‘hard’ central part of the cauliflower. You could probably use this part in a cooked recipe but in this raw recipe it may be not as soft as expected. It took about 30 seconds to 1 minute to pulse the florets into a fine powder depending on the power of your food processor. Then the only ‘trick’ is to add an ingredient to absorb the extra moisture delivered by the cauliflower. If the cauliflower is too moist the nori sheets will simply fall apart. I used psyllium husk as an absorbent because it is simply natural fibre, it does not bring carbs to the recipe and it is gluten free as well. I know it is an expensive product not easy to find in some supermarket so another option is to use wholegrain bread crumb.
To flavour the rice I used apple cider vinegar and a slightly bit of fresh crushed garlic. You can place everything you like in the center of the sushi. I had minced beef in my fridge so I cooked this beef in rice bran oil with garlic, ginger and chilli. I de glazed with a mix of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and sake. Let cool down the meat before adding it into the sushi roll. To make the sushi roll simply use the cauliflower rice as you will do with basic rice. Place the nori sheet onto a bambou mat. Add the cauliflower rice and press well to stick to the sheet. Arrange some raw vegetables and meet or fish of your choice and roll! I did not slice the roll into small makis as the cauliflower rice is very friable and moist and it will have fall apart. I simply cut the whole roll in half and it was easy to carry in a plastic box in my bag.
The result is really tasty and fresh. It is different to the classic rice roll a bit ‘crushier’ with a cauliflower taste (of course!) but it marry well with the cooked beef. It is a fresh summer recipe that all my family enjoyed – a bit less by my 2 years old who preferred cooked cauliflower but she had few bites. Let me know how you make yours? I am always curious to hear your ideas and creations.