Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Un-Sushi {Roast Beef Rolls}

No one has ever accused me of being conventional and while I love Sushi, I love these little un-sushi rolls I make too and even my Dad loves them.... and I quote "I don't know what the hell they are but they're damn good!" Thanks Dad, warms my heart. So, I've made these enough that I have evolved in my creation of these from using place mats to roll to actually owning a sushi mat, the $3.00 investment is worth it.  MUCH easier.  That said, like much of what I make, you could do this with just about anything but this recipe is a nice combo... YUMMY!

Roast Beef, Lo Mein Noodles
& Blanched Asparagus 
YUP, that's it except for your sauce which could be a bottle 
of your favorite Asian sauce, or a simple combo of Hoisin and Sriracha {I've done that before.... YUM} or you can break out your.... MAGIC BULLET and make the sauce I list below.  I used Ka~Me Lo Mein tonight but I've made with Sobe noodles too, equally yum.

  • Cook your noodles and blanch your asparagus {remove bottom couple inches first}; the wide Lo Mein noodles took 6 minutes at a good boil, immediately drain and rinse with cold water.  Set aside.  Asparagus only 3 minutes at rapid boil and then  rinse with cold water.  Set aside.  
  • Make your sauce {see below}
  • Cover your mat with Saran wrap, lay two pieces of Roast Beef on mat, spread about 1/2 TBSP sauce across end closest to you then lay 4 thin {or 3 thick} asparagus stalk, I lay two facing each way.
  • IF you are using something besides a bamboo mat then lay a piece of saran wrap on your place mat {fabric yet stiff is best} and you will roll the roll in the Saran wrap.
  • EITHER way I recommend going to You Tube and checking out a video or two.... here's the one I looked at VERY basic. Your Roast Beef is your seaweed :

  • So you have it all laid out, starting at the end closest to you pull the roast beef over the "stuffing" and roll as tightly as you can using your mat.
  • I then wrap them tightly in saran and put in fridge {they last a couple days}
  • I recommend to cut while still in Saran wrap but admittedly getting the saran off is a bit of a pain but they stay prettier, in any event use a SHARP knife.

FINALLY, the sauce.... this was THE BOMB, I will use again in many ways.

Not Really Peanut Sauce -Peanut Sauce
  • 1 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 TBSP lime juice
  • 1/2 cup hot water

  • Combine the almond butter, soy sauce, siracha, agave syrup and lime juice in a your Magic Bullet, blender or processor. Puree to combine. once combined add the hot water to thin out the sauce.
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  1. Ooooh, nice ides! :) Looks delicious!

  2. As someone whose only allergy is to seaweed (and I mean, EpiPen-worthy allergy) I love this recipe with beef as a wrapper!

    1. what a crappy allergy!!!! BUT I'm glad to provide an alternative.... this is SO yummy :)

  3. I bought my husband a sushi kit for Christmas when he expressed an interest. It has sat in the back of a cupboard unused... until now. Definitely getting it out and rockin and rollin! Thanks for the inspiration. The sauce sounds amazing too - lovely flavours.

    p.s. would be honoured and delighted for you to include the Hot Cross Buns in your photo roundup!

    1. get that bamboo mat out ;) and thanks again, yours really was the BEST hot cross buns post I saw and Lord knows I saw a lot!

  4. This is a great idea! and I love your sauce...sounds would be great to dip chicken in too!

    1. the basic theory behind the sauce came from a chicken satay recipe I have.... I just changed it up to accomodate "the diet" but must say.... FABU!

  5. I love your father's comment - lol... Sounds like something I might hear from my dad.

    1. along those lines, check out my Sh*t My Dad says Fried Chicken recipe post.... pretty funny

  6. My father hates sushi--hates it with a fiery passion. However, I think I could totally sell him on these. They look delicious!

    1. as my Dad said.... don't know what the hell it is.... I find it best to leave it that way :)

  7. This looks so tasty - great idea! I was bought a sushi making set by a friend as a wedding present...7yrs on and I've still not plucked up the courage to try using it. Seems like a good recipe to start! Thanks for sharing :)