Tuesday, October 11, 2011

how to make sandwich sushi rolls

Making "sandwich sushi" is a really easy way to make your sandwich take up a lot less space in your bento box. Just look at this tiny wittle bento...

Sandwich Sushi how-to tutorial
This is made with two whole pieces of white-wheat bread, the pb&j, strawberry and Annie's organic cheddar bunnies.

Here's how I make my sandwich sushi rolls. Stay tuned, there's a little trick I do to make my rolls. :)

Step 1: gather your ingredients and supplies.

You will need:
-contents for your sandwich rolls (here I'm using sunflower butter and preserves, (though at the last minute my husband found the peanut butter I overlooked in the pantry))
-sharp knife
-rolling pin or extra cutting board

Step 2: take two slices of bread and cut off the crusts.
sushi1 Sushi2

Step 3: separate your pieces and prepare to smoosh.

Step 4: smoosh gently. Slightly smoosh. This is not the grand squishing moment.
I like to lay a cutting board over the top and press. That usually works really well for me.

See? The bread is smooshed, but not totally flattened. This is important for the secret step coming up next.

(this is the super secret tip part....)

Step 5: overlap the edges of the bread, like so -
Haha, can you see my palm print and finger indentations in the bread? I had to fiddle so much with my camera between steps that the bread started puffing back up. I had to beat it back down into submission.

Step 6: Roll that sucker flat. Or smoosh like heck. Flatten it anyway you want.

ta-dah!! One long piece of bread now!

Step 7: Trim the edges so they are all nice and straight.

Step 8: Add your filling.
Whatever you use, whether pb&j or ham & cheese, leave a little space at the end because the contents tend to squish toward the end as you roll. Now, I could have spread mine a little more than I did here, like maybe half-way to the end more. The thicker your filling is the more it tends to creep to the end.

Step 9: Roll 'em on up. Then, slice with a sharp knife.

Step 10: Admire your cute little sandwich sushi rolls. :)

And finally, pack 'em on in. These went in the tiny Sistema box. This is the same little box  I used in the itty bitty snack boxes post last summer two summers ago, where I referred to them as about the size of a deck of cards. I wanted to show the comparison this time, but couldn't find a deck of cards anywhere in this house. I did, however, (finally) find Uno cards. :p


There's no other way a 2-slice-of-bread-sandwich would have fit in this tiny little box!

So there ya go. I spilled my super secret sandwich sushi trick. Enjoy! :)

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AP Mommy said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! Thanks for the tutorial - I'm always looking for new fun ways to present food. :)

mbug said... [Reply to comment]

Yay!!! Thank you so much for sharing your tricks. I was waiting for this one hehe. I will have to try this for his lunch tomorrow.

You have given me so many great ideas. I can not thank you enough for helping me make my son's lunch super fun!

The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

This is awesome. You know, you've changed the way I make lunch for Dudette and the results show. Her lunch box comes back empty! All it takes is making the same foods fun. Plus, I've learned that her teachers do a pass-by on purpose just to see what kind of fun things she has in her box.

I'm making these tomorrow! Thanks for pushing out the creative side of me.

*me & her* said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome! I wanted my girl's sandwich rolls to be thicker, but couldn't think of a way to do it. Now I know how!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Very cool. May have to try this tomorrow!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said... [Reply to comment]

That's great! I'll have to try that for our bento box. I would say use tortillas, but they kinda come undone and don't have a pretty roll to them. Thanks! =)

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

I think that kids would love this and it wouldn't be the tired, old, ordinary, peanut butter sandwich. Will have to try this sometime.

Giggly Girls said... [Reply to comment]

Love it! I know what I'm making for the kids next week.

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Love this...I wasnt leaving room at the end and mine would get mushy. Thanks!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Will this work Ok with whole wheat bread?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Yep, I do it with whole wheat too. :)

Kat - Ruthie-dos.blogspot.com said... [Reply to comment]

thank you! I have not been able to figure out how people were pulling this off! now that I've seen it, I have smacked myself on the head and done the Homer Simpson "DoH!" cause it is so simple and obvious once you see the tutorial!

thank you for posting this for my to pickier eaters who want "japanese bentos" but won't eat real sushi!

Emily said... [Reply to comment]

thanks for the inspiration! today I made a sandwich sushi and a checkerboard apple for my toddler's playcare lunch -- the toddler for whom I thought maybe I would wait a year or so before I started doing such goofy things...ah, life. :) so fabulous.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for this cute idea. I made them for my daughter's lunch today.

Steph R said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the tutorial, my daughter has been wanting to take sushi like her friend, but doesnt like sushi. So this is PERFCECT!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is great. My DD wants to eat sushi
despite the fact she is allergic.

A Thrifter in Disguise said... [Reply to comment]

OMG I think this is an absolutely genius idea. Obviously pinning! My oldest starts kindergarten next year and I'm determined to make her cool little lunches. This is now first on my list! Thanks for sharing! -Kristen

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