Dragon Roll Recipe & An UncommonGoods Giveaway!

by Kate on February 1, 2016

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**Disclosure: I was provided with the items I spoke about above at no cost to me. I was not otherwise compensated and all the opinions expressed here are my own. I truly am an avid UncommonGoods fan!**

In our household, only HB and I enjoy fish. So sushi is way outside the comfort zones of the rest of the family. So when I have the opportunity to go out to lunch or for a girls day with HB, you better believer we’re firing down sushi. Sushi is by far, my favorite food to eat out. Probably because I don’t have the opportunity to do it very often.

At the particular sushi joint that HB and I frequent, they make the most amazing sushi pizza and dragon rolls. They’re definitely my two favorite items on the menu. Their sushi pizza is a crisp, thin almost tortilla type base topped with an smooth avocado mixture, next comes tuna, tobiko (flying fish roe), tempura flakes, scallions and a sriracha mayo drizzled on top. Cut into 8th’s, it’s like a little mini pizza! It’s out of this world.

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Dragon rolls are more traditional sushi fare. I love the tempura shrimp nestled inside with refreshing cucumber and tobiko. Outside sticky rice, nori and more of that spicy mayo I love so much. Yum! It’s making my mouth water just thinking about it. And get this! I recently made sushi at HOME! Legit sushi, on my own. The best part? It was easy! Time consuming but easy and totally worth it.

This was all thanks to UncommonGoods. I’ll get back to that in a moment because first I need to tell you all about how much I loooooove UncommonGoods.  Are you familiar? Oh my goodness, you guys. I always find the most unique gifts there, like these creative ideas for hostess gifts on this page or the super cool whiskey stones gift set here! Which, as a whiskey girl I happen to already own and totally adore. I have spent my fair share of buck over on UncommonGoods over the years because I know when I’m looking for something truly special for someone, they never disappoint.

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Founded in 1999, this Brooklyn based company is on a mission to impact the world in a positive way, featuring unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. UncommonGoods makes it their mission to support and provide a platform for artists and designers; with half of what they sell being made by hand. Most of their products are made right here in the good ol’ USA and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. I don’t know about you but I think that’s a pretty spectacular way to do business. From jewelry, to home decor to kitchen gadgets and more, UncommonGoods always has what I’m looking for.

As a long-time lover of all things Uncommon, I was thrilled when they approached me about working together and this is how it came to be that I was bravely attempting to make sushi at home. I was able to pick several things from their Kitchen & Bar section. You can check out the vast selection here. You’ll immediately understand why I was giddy and why it became so difficult to choose my items. Once I laid my eyes on the Sushi Making Kit, I knew I had to give it a try. The kit comes with a rolling mat, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful drink pairings. The kit also comes with the base ingredients for four servings of sushi, including sushi rice, rice vinegar, nori—the special seaweed used to bind rolls—sesame seeds, spicy wasabi powder and gluten-free soy sauce.

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Right out of the chute, I was ready to roll. I simply purchased my fillings but the easy to use kit had everything else I needed to make sushi at home! I served my Dragon Rolls on the Himalayan Salt Planks that I also received from UncommonGoods. Himalayan salt has a very stable crystal structure, which allows it to hold a temperature very well. You can chill it to use as a serving platter for your sushi, or heat it over a grill or stovetop to cook veggies or fish. Cooking or serving your foods on these unique planks, naturally seasons your foods as they are being prepared. Check them out here! I also love that they come with a metal serving tray. The handles on the tray made it easy to move the solid planks around with ease.

After I made my sticky, seasoned rice I spread it on over my nori on the rolling mat. I then inverted the nori so that the rice was now outside. A few seconds later, my nori was filled with freshly made tempura shrimp, tobiko and fresh, crisp cucumbers. Now came what I thought would be the hard part, the rolling. I really didn’t think I would nail it the first time but thanks to the clear, easy instructions my rolls came out beautifully! I topped them with fresh avocado slices and firmly pressed them on using the rolling mat once more.

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The finishing touches were a drizzle of spicy sriracha mayo and homemade unagi sauce which is a sauce made from soy sauce, mirin and sake. One bite and I’m not gonna lie, I was tootin’ my own horn a little bit. This Dragon Roll recipe is a total win!! I couldn’t have been happier with the results. As I happily lunched on dragon rolls, I sipped a glass of red wine poured from a wildly unique Twist Decanter whose unique design actually aerates your wine twice. Once as the wine cascades from the bottle into the decanter then once again as you serve the wine. You can check it out here, it’s stunning! The simple elegance of the Splash Wine Glasses made my sushi lunch feel just a bit fancy too. I love the many beautiful wine glasses to choose from here.

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Today, I want you to be able to experience all that UncommonGoods has to offer too so I’m happy to be able to offer one lucky reader a $25 gift card! Be sure to enter for your chance to win below then go scope out UncommonGoods. There’s so much to feast your eyes on and I know you’ll love it as much as I do.

Enjoy!

~K
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**Disclosure: I was provided with the items I spoke about above at no cost to me. I was not otherwise compensated and all the opinions expressed here are my own. I truly am an avid UncommonGoods fan!**

Dragon Roll Recipe

Yield: 4 rolls

Dragon Roll Recipe

Dragon Rolls filled with tempura shrimp, crisp cucumbers and tobiko topped with avocado, spicy mayo, unagi sauce and sesame seeds.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups prepared sushi rice (from kit or made as described HERE
  • 8 jumbo shrimp, shell removed, deveined and straightened as much as possible, tails removed
  • 4 nori sheets
  • 2 avocados, peeled and thinly sliced widthwise
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Japanese cucumber, peeled and sliced into thin sticks
  • ? cup Tobiko
  • For Tempura Batter:
  • 1 large egg + water equal to one cup (see instructions)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstach
  • For Spicy Mayo:
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons sriracha
  • For Unagi Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sake
  • Sesame seeds, optional
  • *Also needed, sushi rolling mat

Instructions

    Tempura Shrimp:
  1. In a measuring cup, crack egg. Fill measuring cup with cold water equaling one cup. Whisk together egg and water. In a large bowl, place flour then add egg/water mixture. Whisk together until just combined. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. In a large frying pan, heat 1 1/2 inches of vegetable oil over medium high heat. Dust shrimp with cornstarch. Dip shrimp into tempura batter and fry until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
  3. Spicy Mayo:
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and sriracha until well combined. Set aside in refrigerator.
  5. Unagi:
  6. In a small saucepan, combine mirin and sake. Bring to a boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add soy sauce. Return to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Set aside.
  7. Assembly:
  8. Squeeze juice from lemon over sliced avocado to prevent browning.
  9. Cover your sushi rolling mat with plastic wrap. Place one sheet of nori on prepared mat. With wet fingertips, spread a thin layer of sushi rice over sheet of nori. Flip the nori over so the rice side is down.
  10. On the bottom end of the nori closest to you, place two tempura shrimp, a few sticks of cucumber and a bit of tobiko. From the bottom end using firm, even pressure begin to roll the mat to form your Dragon Roll. Once fully rolled, firmly, evenly squeeze the roll with gentle pressure. Unroll mat.
  11. Place avocado slices on top and place plastic wrap over the roll. Use the mat once again to apply gentle, even pressure being sure not to break the avocado.
  12. Cut the Dragon Roll through the plastic into 8 even pieces, wiping the knife clean after each cut. Remove plastic and transfer to serving dish. Top with spicy mayo, Unagi sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Notes

Tempura batter and Unagi sauce from Just One Cookbook

https://foodbabbles.com/dragon-roll/

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Rebeccah February 1, 2016 at 10:14 am

Isn’t Uncommon Goods just great?! It’s always my first stop for gifts – in fact we have that exact same decanter! We’ve been experimenting with sushi at home and I don’t know why I never thought to tempura shrimp. Such a great idea that we’ll have to try!

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Kate February 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

I absolutely LOVE UncommonGoods! I’m always amazed by the creative products they have. Hope you enjoy these rolls if you make them! We really did. I’ll definitely be making them again for sure.

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Deanna Segrave-Daly February 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

Oh my yum! I’d never think I could make a Dragon roll at home but that kit is da bomb!

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Kate February 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

Oh you totally could!! I didn’t think mine would be pretty at all. I figured they would be a mess but the kit made it so easy.

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Kayley February 1, 2016 at 12:49 pm

I’d like to get the Breakfast in Bed Pancake Mix – yum!

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Brenda Haines February 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

I love the Salts of the World Test Tube Set! Thanks for the chance!

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Brenda Haines February 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

I can’t get the link for your instagram follow to work. Do you have another link?

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Kate February 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm

Thank you SO much for bringing that to my attention! There was a typo. I’ve fixed it and the entry should be working properly now. Good luck!

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Matt Blaskewicz February 1, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Those Himalayan salt planks look outstanding! Ill have to check those out!

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craftyone February 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

The library card tote bag is cute

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Ashley C February 2, 2016 at 10:44 am

I’d like to buy the chai tea set

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Vunda V February 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm

i think i would like the needle felting kit!

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Vera K February 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I kinda like those shark socks.

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Heather February 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

The whiskey and rum making kit is intriguing!

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MaryB February 2, 2016 at 4:44 pm

I would love to have the butterfly house. The salt planks are awesome, too.

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Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient February 2, 2016 at 5:06 pm

LOVE the salt planks! So so cool, I’ll have to look into those for my kitchen! The rolls came out gorgeous 🙂

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manda February 2, 2016 at 11:10 pm

I love the gnomes.

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Calli February 2, 2016 at 11:58 pm

I like the Past Present Future Necklace!

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theresa krier February 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm

I could really use the nesting mixing bowls, thanks so much

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Ashley February 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm

I like the nest egg necklace

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Karen D February 3, 2016 at 3:06 pm

I’d like the Stoneware Rice Cooker and Steamer

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Laura m February 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm

I love the fun baby socks!!

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ChristineM February 3, 2016 at 4:06 pm

how fun! a kit to make sushi! that would be a great idea for a valentine dinner that a couple could do together……

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tara pittman February 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm

I want to make sushi so I need that kit.

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Lauren February 3, 2016 at 11:50 pm

I would like to get the Pride & Prejudice literary candle for my mom since she’s obsessed with all things Austen! Love Uncommon Goods– best place for gifts 🙂

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Steph February 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm

I love the kinetic necklace

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Susan Christy February 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm

I like the box of chocolate soaps.

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