Although the most basic types of sushi rolls only require nori sheets, sushi rice and sushi-grade fish, many sushi rolls include other ingredients as well. One common type of sushi with cream cheese is the Philadelphia roll, which combines cream cheese with raw or smoked salmon. Many other types of sushi work well with a strip of cream cheese added. When you make your own sushi rolls, the ingredients should all be cut into long strips measuring no more than 1/2 inch across.
Things You'll Need
- 8-oz. block of cream cheese
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
Take the block of cream cheese out of the refrigerator and remove the foil wrapper. Work quickly so you cut the cream cheese before it softens and loses its shape.
Set the block of cream cheese on the cutting board so it stands on one of the longer edges. It should look like a closed book with its spine on the cutting board.
Run the knife under cold water briefly and hold it over the sink until the largest drops of water have fallen off. A wet knife is less likely to stick to the cream cheese than a dry one.
Slice the cream cheese from the top down into three sections of equal width. Returning to the book image, this would be like slicing between the pages of the book, down toward the spine.
Set the cream cheese sections flat on the cutting board separately from one another. Do not stack them, or they will stick together.
Run the knife under cold water briefly again.
Cut each section into long strips, each measuring about 1/2 inch wide. After you cut each strip, move it away from the others so it will not stick to them. If the knife starts sticking to the strips, run it under cold water between cuts. If needed, you also can wipe off the cream cheese residue with a damp cloth.
Cover the cream cheese strips with plastic wrap and refrigerate them if you are not planning to make the sushi immediately.
Tips & Warnings
- For lower fat cream cheese sushi, use neufchatel cheese instead, which has the same consistency as cream cheese but about 1/3 less fat.
- You should get between 15 and 18 strips out of each 8-oz. block of cream cheese, depending on whether you cut five or six strips out of each of the three sections.
- "Joy of Cooking"; Irma S. Rombauer; 2006
- Sushi Encyclopedia: Philadelphia Roll Recipe
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