Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and … Seaweed


Mikuni. Fuji’s. Zen Toro. Kru. Nishiki. Name any sushi spot in the greater Sacramento area and odds are I have a story and a favorite roll to go along with it. But after sampling some of the best Japanese food that Northern California has to offer, I always seem to return to my favorite sushi joint – home sweet home. We’ve been rolling sushi at home for as long as I can remember and it just keeps getting better. We even have a home video somewhere that demonstrates my family’s longstanding love for the deliciousness that is rice, seaweed and raw fish. The (unfortunately long lost) video is of my sister’s second birthday party in which she adamantly demands sushi at the horror of all her cheerio-noshing friends.


This time, we played it safe with the basic California roll ingredients: cucumber, carrot, crab meat, avocado, green onion and of course Japanese rice. We mixed it up when it came to the wrappers – with both traditional nori (dried seaweed) and a vibrant yellow soy wrap.


Before reading any further, please remember the trusty saying, “Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.” On that note, I’d like to introduce you to BLT sushi. I first tried it at a hole-in-the-wall establishment in Hawaii and it was love at first bite. To make BLT sushi, simply prepare the ingredients of a BLT sandwich (bacon, lettuce and tomato) and wrap as usual. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, add some avocado and make it a BLTA!


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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Nina | Jan 24, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve never had BLT sushi before but I’m going to try and make it. You’ve inspired me. Thanks for the great sushi tips!

  • boris ruebner | Jan 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Mouth watering pictures . I wish I had them for lunch now !

  • Anthony | Jan 26, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Must admit I’d never think of combining the ingredients of a BLT with my beloved sushi. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to sushi – the more maguro and hamachi the better – but do like to try new things periodically. Along with uni, I’ll now add BLT to my ‘must try at least once list’. Thanks for the idea!

  • Hugh | Jan 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    What an interesting well written article!