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Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Pineapple Musubi Rolls

We just had to tackle Hawaii's Spam classic, adding pineapple and Sriracha to jazz things up. Surprisingly good!

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 10 (serving size: 2 pieces)
  • Hands-on:34 Minutes
  • Total:59 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked short-grain rice
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ounces Spam Lite, cut into 2 (3/4-inch-thick) pieces
  • 2 nori (seaweed) sheets
  • 4 (4-inch) julienne-cut pieces fresh pineapple
  • 2 (8-inch) pieces green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong)

Preparation

1. Place the rice in a fine mesh sieve. Rinse under cold water, stirring rice until water runs clear (about 1 minute). Combine rice and 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan, and cover. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Increase heat to high, and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

2. Combine rice wine vinegar, mirin, 2 teaspoons sugar, and salt in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool.

3. Place rice and 2 tablespoons vinegar mixture in a bowl; toss. Cover with a paper towel soaked in remaining vinegar mixture.

4. Combine remaining sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add Spam to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Add to soy mixture; toss. Let stand 5 minutes. Remove Spam from soy mixture; cut in half lengthwise. Reserve remaining soy mixture.

5. Cut off top quarter of each nori sheet along short end. Place 1 nori sheet, shiny side down, on a sushi mat covered with plastic wrap, with long end toward you. Pat about 3/4 cup rice mixture evenly over nori with moist hands, leaving a 1-inch border on 1 long end of nori. Arrange 2 Spam slices, 2 pineapple pieces, and 1 green onion piece along top third of rice-covered nori. Top with 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha and half of reserved soy mixture. Lift edge of nori closest to you; fold over filling. Lift bottom edge of sushi mat; roll toward top edge, pressing firmly on sushi roll. Continue rolling to top edge; press mat to seal sushi roll. Let rest, seam side down, 5 minutes. Slice roll crosswise into 10 pieces. Repeat procedure with the remaining rice, nori, Spam, pineapple, onion, Sriracha, and soy mixture.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 1.7g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbohydrate: 15.4g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Iron: 0.9mg
  • Sodium: 254mg
  • Calcium: 10mg
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