Today’s post is for anyone in need of some party planning inspiration, especially if you’re known for hosting an annual gathering for an awards show like the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards taking place this Sunday, Jan.15.
I came up with this idea on a recent trip to the grocery store, when I passed a display for an at-home sushi kit that included seaweed wraps and microwavable rice. I thought to myself, now there’s a fun activity for party guests to try their hand at: DIY sushi!
- Bamboo sushi rolling mats (covered with plastic wrap)
- Nori aka seaweed sheets
- Premium grade, short-grain sushi rice
- Sushi grade raw fish*
- Red and yellow bell pepper
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Sesame seeds
- Pickled ginger
- Soy sauce
*When buying fish to serve raw, you need to ensure that it is sushi grade! Both Whole Foods and Gelsons carry sushi grade fish options. If you are unable to find high-quality fish in your area, you can also order sushi grade fish online, HERE.
Now, if you or your guests are allergic to certain types of fish (like me!) or you just want to have a bunch of options available, here are some other main filling items to prepare for your party:
- Smoked salmon
- Seasoned tofu
- Cooked shrimp
- Seared scallops
- Cooked crab meat
- Cooked chicken
- Roasted whole cloves of garlic
I suggest making maki rolls at your party, since this type of roll will be the easiest for your guests to create and personalize according to their diet and tastes. Also, keep in mind that some signature maki rolls require mixing the fish with a sauce before rolling. For example, to make the sauce for a Spicy Tuna roll, you’ll also need some Japanese mayonnaise, chili sauce or sriracha and some scallions.
Be sure to remind your guests that when rolling sushi, MOISTURE is KEY. The rice will be super sticky, so your hands should be moist (not sopping wet!) when working with the rice. Also, your rolling mat should be slightly moist (try wrapping the mat in plastic cellophane and splashing a bit of water on it before rolling. Lastly, before slicing your roll into six equal parts, be sure to run your knife under some water so as not to destroy your perfectly packed roll.
Here’s a simple instructional video I found that explains the rolling process. You can master this technique and teach your guests yourself or simply set up a laptop and show a video like this at your party:
Encourage your guests to have fun experimenting with all of the ingredients during the red-carpet coverage and then everyone can enjoy the fruits of their labor and proudly share their sushi with each other during the actual show.
And that’s how you throw a fun sushi rolling party! Let me know what you think and here’s to the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards (which begin at 8pm on NBC) and to creating extraordinary experiences for your party guests!