Friday, July 19, 2013

Low Carb Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sushi Rolls w/ Spicy Mayo

For that sushi craving that just won't go away!! These were made with ingredients I just happened to have on hand because I didn't feel like making a trip to the market! ^_^
Some Ahi Tuna and Avocado would have made these even better but even without it they were pretty tasty! Mine did not turn out quite as lovely as I had hoped because I don't have a bamboo mat. I used plastic wrap to roll mine. An old friend of mine suggested that if you don't own a bamboo mat one of those cheap wooden like place mats from the dollar store would work just as good. I have one of those and will give it a try next time I make these!

What You Will Need:

For the Rolls:

1 Box of Nori Sheets
6oz Cream Cheese
1 Head of Cauliflower
1 Cucumber

For the Spicy Mayo:

2 TBSP Mayo
1 TBSP Hot Sauce

You want to start by "ricing" your cauliflower. You can do this by either grating it by hand or using a food processor. I used the S blade in my food processor.

The next step is to steam your cauli-rice. I added about a 1/2 TBSP of water to the bowl, covered it with plastic wrap and microwaved it for about 4 minutes. While it is still hot, you want to add 2oz of cream cheese and mix thoroughly. The "rice" will start to become sticky. You want it sticky enough that when you turn the spoon upside down, the "rice" sticks to the spoon!

Now your sticky "rice" is made! It will need to be cooled completely. I suggest refrigerating it for at least an hour but mine actually sat overnight. When it is completely chilled it will be even stickier and look like this.

The next step is the fun part!! ^_^ Now you want to lay your Nori sheet out (on your mat if you have one, I just used plastic wrap)  and using dampened fingers start spreading your "rice" onto the sheet, leaving a little space on the edge.

Make a groove down the center of your "rice" and add your fillings. I cut cucumber and cream cheese into "sticks". I used 1oz of Cream Cheese for 1 roll.

Now it's time to roll your sushi! The important part of rolling is to hold your fillings in place with your fingers while you roll with your thumbs. This will allow for a tighter roll. Mine are a bit loose - I think a mat of some sort would definitely make the rolling technique easier! Voila! Now you have your sushi roll!

Before I cut my roll up, I prepared my spicy mayo. It's super easy - just mix the hot sauce and mayo until well incorporated. You may decide you like a little less/more hot sauce then I do so experiment a bit! Once I had my mayo ready I sliced my roll up and was ready to dig in!!! They were REALLY good!

Here's the Carb Breakdown: This is for ONE roll, a small head of cauliflower will make about 4 Rolls - The spicy Mayo is also enough for all 4 Rolls so I have divided the carb count accordingly

Cauliflower  (2g) - I used about 1/4 of a small head of cauliflower
Cream Cheese (1.5g)
Cucumber (0g)
Mayo (0g)
Hot Sauce (1g)
Nori (1g)

Total Carbs: 5.5g/net per Roll including Spicy Mayo ^_^ VERY yummy and it satisfied my craving for Sushi!

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  1. I always wondered if you riced the cauliflower before you cooked it or after lol.. Good to know!! =)

  2. I love sushi and was contemplating a low xarb recipe. I (very) recently tried rice cauliflower and I love it. It's so amazing what cauliflower can do, so many possibilities! Thanks for sharing.