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Valentine’s Day is coming up!  Lots of people celebrate by going out to a fancy dinner, but some people prefer to celebrate by making something special for their loved ones.  If you’re looking for a fun idea that will make anyone happy, look no further.   I present to you, heart shaped sushi.  It’s actually not that difficult, especially if you already know how to make sushi.  If you don’t, I have already created a post that has a bunch of links to videos and articles as well as helpful tips from my own experiences.  You can find it right here.  Making sushi is fairly simple, so don’t be afraid if you haven’t tried it yet. UPDATE:  This post is super cool and recently received this honor: Sushi Heart Shaped Sushi | hollyshelpings.com The only difference between this heart shaped sushi and regular sushi is that once you have it rolled up, you just use your thumb to squish down one side and round out the other to make a tear drop shape.  Then you smoosh two together.  If your guests like things a little spicy, you can use wasabi to make sure the two halves don’t come apart.   What I love about sushi is that it’s easy to make it for very different people.  Both my seafood  loving boyfriend and my vegetarian self can enjoy sushi.  It’s great for everyone and fun to make! Heart Shaped Sushi | hollyshelpings.com

Heart-Shaped Sushi

Active Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Heart-Shaped Sushi

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 4 sheets of nori
  • fillings
  • bamboo rolling mat

Instructions

  1. If you have any questions about the steps I have here, they are in more detail in my how-to post about sushi.  Check it out if you need more help.
  2. Heat the vinegar, sugar, and salt over medium heat and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve.  Mix into the sushi rice.  
  3. Cover the bamboo mat with plastic wrap.  Lay a piece of nori down so the shiny side is facing the bamboo mat and the rough side is facing up.  Scoop up 1 cup of the sushi rice blend and spread over the nori leaving about 1/2 inch of room at both the top and the bottom of the nori.  Place the fillings at the bottom of the nori and roll up the sushi.  
  4. Using the mat or your hands, squish one side down so that it makes a point.  Flatten the edge and then round out the other side so that it makes a raindrop.  The roll should be symmetrical so flatten out or round out as needed.  The nori is actually more durable than you'd thing so don't be afraid to squish a little more.  
  5. Once it is the perfect raindrop shape, use your sharpest knife to cut the roll into 6 or 8 pieces.  Place two side by side (if you want you can use a little wasabi to help them stick together) to make a cute heart.  
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

Prep time does not include the time for rice cooking.

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Heart Shaped Sushi | hollyshelpings.com Cooking Instructions: If you have any questions about the steps I have here, they are in more detail in my how-to post about sushi.  Check it out if you need more help. Heat the vinegar, sugar, and salt over medium heat and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve.  Mix into the sushi rice.  Cover the bamboo mat with plastic wrap.  Lay a piece of nori down so the shiny side is facing the bamboo mat and the rough side is facing up.  Scoop up 1 cup of the sushi rice blend and spread over the nori leaving about 1/2 inch of room at both the top and the bottom of the nori.  Place the fillings at the bottom of the nori and roll up the sushi.  Using the mat or your hands, squish one side down so that it makes a point.  Flatten the edge and then round out the other side so that it makes a raindrop.  The roll should be symmetrical so flatten out or round out as needed.  The nori is actually more durable than you’d thing so don’t be afraid to squish a little more.  Once it is the perfect raindrop shape, use your sharpest knife to cut the roll into 6 or 8 pieces.  Place two side by side (if you want you can use a little wasabi to help them stick together) to make a cute heart.  Serve immediately and enjoy! Heart Shaped Sushi | hollyshelpings.com Heart Shaped Sushi | hollyshelpings.com

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mai January 31, 2012 at 7:17 AM

oh em gee. These looks so adorable. LOVE IT!

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Paula @ Spoons 'n' Spades January 31, 2012 at 11:12 PM

What a fabulous idea for the heart shapes, these look wonderful!

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myfudo February 1, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I am not a sushi fan, but my husband is. He would definitely smile seeing how pretty the table would be having this heart shaped sushi at the center…Wow! Looks so romantic! A wife-prepared meal for him is the best date ever! Thanks for clever ideas.

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Holly February 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Thanks! I’m glad I could share this with you.

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Kelly February 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Gorgeous! Shared on my page http://www.facebook.com/heartsinunlikelyplaces, thank you! <3

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Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious February 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

These are just too cute! I was really curious as to how this is made but it seems so easy! I will definitely have to try this out for Valentine’s day. Thanks for sharing!

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Teronia Bayonne (Tara) February 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Hmmm, I was lured here by Skittles Vodka only to realize I’ve been here before. “o yeeeeaaaahhhhh. That’s the heart sushi lady.” But anyway, nice blog.

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Kazari February 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Wonderful Valentines sushi!

You can make them pink by making an inside-out roll, then puutting a few layers of Tuna on over the rice. We should really take some photos to show but are too lazy :/

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Adelina Priddis October 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM

These are so adorable! Hubs and I love sushi, and keep saying we’re going to make our own, but we haven’t yet.
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