Finger Foods for a Wine and Cheese Party – Avocado Sushi Roll Sushi at a wine and cheese party has to be the most innovative way to have people talk about your food for weeks after the event is over. Most people think of sushi as this rice thing wrapped in seaweed just like the stuff their feet were tangled in the last time they swam in open water. To make matters worse it is topped with raw fish. The truth is you can have that kind of sushi or you can make non seafood based sushi. Sushi is small pieces of food and that makes it perfect for a wine and cheese party. The easy kind of sushi requires the following ingredients, sushi rice, rice vinegar, seaweed wraps avocado, cucumber, wasabi paste and a sushi mat for rolling. Over all these are very inexpensive ingredients. The wasabi paste can be purchased already prepared in a tube. This is preferable as it is good quality and made just right with no effort on your part. The rice comes with instructions right on the package. It must be rinsed first before cooking. Sushi rice needs to be cold when you use it. Making the rice the day before is a great way to ensure you have enough time to let the rice cool down and flavor it with the sushi rice vinegar. Once you have completed all the rice steps for cooking simply place it in an airtight container and store in the fridge you are ready to make sushi. The day of the party skin the cucumber, cut lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Slice the cucumber into skin long strips and set aside. The avocado should have been bought a few days in advance to let them ripen. People tend to squeeze dark avocado which bruises them and turns it black inside. Open the avocado with a sharp knife, pop the pit out and slice length wise. Now you are ready to make sushi. You will need all your ingredients a sharp knife and a tall glass with cold water. First place your mat flat on the counter. Put one piece of sushi paper on mat. Wet your hands and grab a large handful of rice and spread it out on 2/3 of the sushi paper only using your finger tips. Place a line of avocado and cucumber on top of the rice in a straight line. Grab the mat and begin to roll the paper. Tuck the end into the wrap and continue rolling until complete. Some times the roll will try to unwrap simply the roll with the seam facing down. When cutting the sushi wrap always use a wet sharp knife. The water will allow the knife slide through the rice instead of sticking to it. Give this a try at home a couple times to get used to making sushi.

By Laura