I had no idea if bacon sushi would actually work, but I knew that if it did…it would probably be delicious.
It did require a bit of patience and some finesse, but bacon-wrapped sushi
can be done. When you stuff it with seasoned Spanish rice and melted cheese you get something that I’m sure falls squarely outside of most traditional cuisine.
It falls squarely into goodness though. No doubt about that!
I started my sushi by working on the rice filling. I kept this part pretty simple and just cooked some short grain white rice with a few cups of water and a can of diced tomatoes.
Bring it all to a simmer, cover it, and simmer it on low heat until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed, about twenty minutes.
Then you can add in spices and season the rice to your liking.
Okay. On to the tricky part – the bacon! Before you wrap the bacon, you want to cook it halfway to cook out some of the fat.
Just lay your bacon strips out on a baking sheet and bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. That should leave them cooked, but not crispy at all.
Move the strips to some paper towels to drain off the grease. Once they’ve cooled enough to work with, line them up on some foil. Overlap the slices slightly and don’t worry if there are some gaps.
Then just add your rice filling in a thin layer to the bacon. Don’t make this too thick! You won’t need all of your rice layer so feel free to save the extras for later.
Leave about half an inch around the exterior of the rice to make it easier to roll. Sprinkle the surface of the rice with cheese!
When it comes time to roll this sucker, take a deep breath! Work slowly and use the foil underneath the bacon to roll the bacon into a tight tube.
You should be able to get it nice and tight so the bacon holds in the entire filling.
Once you get it to this point, transfer the whole roll back to your baking sheet. It’s easiest to move the roll on the foil.
Then bake it at 350 degrees for another 15-20 minutes until the bacon is very crispy.
Let the roll cool for a few minutes and then use a really sharp knife to slice it into pieces. You should get about 8-10 pieces out of the roll and the pieces will be pretty large.
These pieces are very rich and one or two of them is a great snack. Serve them with some crunchy veggies to cut some of the richness of the rolls.
No doubt about it, these involve an advanced bacon prep situation, but they are really tasty actually and definitely a show stopper!