In recent years I’ve become enamored with sushi. Ever since my wife and I started dating nearly seven years ago I started to become more adventurous and moved from eating only shrimp tempura rolls to eating things like raw tuna. Making sushi, however, is always something I’ve felt I should leave to the professionals. Getting the rice right, seeking out the freshest fish and assembling it all in such an elegant package just overwhelmed me.
It also doesn’t help matters that seafood is one of the glaring holes in my culinary game. My best seafood dish is tilapia filets poached in coconut milk because it’s hard to screw up. I set the target temperature in an electric skillet and can theoretically can let the dish cook all day long without overcooking because the temperature of the fish and the poaching liquid will reach an equilibrium point.
However, when I was perusing recipes for my latest Bee Squad post, I stumbled upon Bumble Bee’s Spicy Thai Tuna Rolls (click for recipe) and decided that it was time I make the plunge. I had received a can of their Spicy Thai Chili tuna from their Sensations line and wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it. This provided the perfect opportunity to sample the product and possibly get past my sushi making fears.
The first thing I needed was a good sushi rice recipe and my man Alton Brown did not disappoint. Then I wanted to make the dish look as much like a plate from my favorite sushi restaurant here in town as humanly possible. So, I noodled over the rest of the ingredients and what I might be able to do. I settled on using cucumber slices and pickled daikon and carrot as my two main garnishes. Those two things combined with a little drizzle of wasabi mayonnaise and sriracha sauce seemed like the perfect way to finish up the plating.
The recipe makes two rolls and my only mistake was that I used way too much rice, which made rolling them more difficult than it needed to be. Also, on my first one I didn’t let the nori paper absorb enough moisture from the rice to make it more flexible, so that one cracked like crazy. When I did get it right the second time around what was left was a spicy and sweet creation with some crunch from the strips of cucumber, carrot and daikon that provided a different textural element.
This is something I’d definitely make again and is a great option for dinner guests that might like the idea of sushi, but aren’t sold on the whole raw thing. And, if you are interested in giving this or any of the other great recipes available over at bumblebee.com a try, my friends at Bumble Bee Foods are offering you a chance to win the same Bee Squad prize pack that I received.
Check out the quick video I made showing how I made the Spicy Thai Tuna Rolls and then scroll down for more information on how to enter.
Bee Squad Prize Pack Giveaway
If you’re made it this far, you’re probably interested in getting yourself some Bumblee Bee swag. Here’s what you can win:
- Bumble Bee apron
- Bumble Bee pen
- 2 Bumble Bee recipe cards
- Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Tonno in Olive Oil
- Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Solid White Albacore in Water
- Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Atlantic Salmon
- Bumble Bee Sensations Sundried Tomato & Basil
- Bumble Bee Sensations Lemon & Cracked Pepper
- Bumble Bee Sensations Spicy Thai Chili
- Bumble Bee Premium Albacore in Water Pouch
- Bumble Bee Premium Wild Pink Salmon Pouch
And here’s a few ways you can enter between now and midnight EST on Sunday, July 17, 2011:
- Tell me about your favorite recipe that uses tuna in the comment section (1 entry);
- Like, Tweet or “+” this post on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus and leave a comment below (1 entry, max of five);
- Subscribe to the Real Men Drive Minivans RSS feed and leave a comment below (1 entry); or
- Calculate the number of unladen swallows required to carry a one pound coconut. You must specify whether it is an African or European swallow (due to the difference in maximum air speed velocity) and show your work (automatic win)
The winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be notified by email. If the winner does not contact me within 48 hours (or declines to provide full contact information including a valid home address), then a new winner will be chosen and subject to the same terms. US residents only.
Update: 7/19/11 – Congratulations to Melisa W. for winning the Bee Squad Prize Pack.
Disclosure: As part of the Bee Squad I receive product information and samples and Bumble Bee is sponsoring my trip to BlogHer ’11. I was not compensated in any other way, nor was I offered or promised anything else in exchange or my review of their products or recipes. All opinions contained herein are my own.