The Holiday Season is upon us and we enjoy every bit of it. Especially the good food and good mood. We love attending as well as hosting Holiday parties, get together with family and friends and celebrate the festive season in a festive way.
When it comes to creating and throwing theme food parties with family or friends, you’ll find that it is a wonderful way to get together and interact in a culinary fun way. If you are a sushi fan like myself, you’ll surely think that a sushi party is the perfect way to go. Well, although sushi might be a complicated food to make, for some at least, there's lots of ways to eat it. So don’t be afraid to prepare and throw a sushi dinner party and enjoy it to the fullest. Your guests will surely appreciate attending a sushi holiday party!
Here are few steps you need to follow and you’ll do great:
Preparing sushi rice
Cook this at the last minute though so it will be still warm when your guests arrive. Avoid refrigerating the rice at all costs, as the rice will dry up and have a different texture, even when microwaved. Depending on the amount of people planning to arrive, you might want to reserve a pot of rice for every four or five guests (about a cup of rice per person). Make sure to provide bowls of water on the side for rice scoopers.
Prepare nori sheets
The fresher the sheets are, the crispier they will be. When preparing nori on platters, make sure that the glossy side is faced down so that the guests can lay on the rice on the "rough" side of the sheet.
Prepare the ingredients and fillings
When making maki sushi for instance, you'll want the ingredients to extend from one side to another, as well as the advantage of successfully rolling the sushi without having it budge out. Try to use at least two or three plates with medium sized piles with tongs on the side for accessibility.
- Fish and meat options
These can be prepared the night before and heated, if needed, before the guests arrive. Some favored ideas include thinly cut chicken strips, imitation crab, and shrimp.
The most common vegetables used for sushi are generally cucumbers, carrots, and avocados. In case you have easy access to Japanese or Asian ingredients, you can opt to include takuwan as well (pickled daikon radish).
Ginger and wasabi are great condiments to any Japanese dish. However, make sure to advise your guests to add just a dab of the condiments, as too much can make it extremely spicy.
Setting the arrangements
Add cushions on the floor around a long short table for the most authentic Japanese dining environment. To avoid messes, it's advisable to wrap sushi mats with plastic wrap or wax paper. Also, make sure that each person has their own small bowl of water or rice vinegar in order to dip their fingers in, as rice can be sticky to handle.
Serving sake or tea
Generally drinks are the very first items to arrive at a table, therefore allow this to be a perfect "icebreaker" item before eating.
Hire a caterer
If you are scared that you won’t handle the job, you can always opt for catering services. A good Sushi Restaurant can always ensure you’ll have the best, freshest and most delicious sushi at your party without you even lifting a finger.
However you choose to host your party, a sushi party is always guaranteed to be a success with the right preparations and good quality ingredients.
Sushi fans, enjoy!