What can I say? The kid LOVES his sushi! And even more than regular sushi, he LOOOOVES "katsushi"! My husband makes the best torikatsu you can find in this town. And it's still good left over. I think Monstro just loves saying "katsushi" but he devours his lunches when he has it so I'm happy with that! I think this is the 2nd katsushi lunch in as many weeks. At least it's not bologna eh?
Rolling sushi is one of my favorite things to do. It's very zen-like for me. For my (now long ago) 30th birthday party I made about a dozen rolls and it was so much fun. My friend came over and sat in the kitchen with me and we just talked while I stacked, smeared, rolled and sliced.
The katsushi rolls start with seasoned rice. I like to go 1:1ish on the sugar to rice vinegar with a little pinch of salt. I'll use whatever rice I have in the house - even long grain white. I try to slice the torikatsu long ways so it's not as easy to drop out of the roll. A layer of carrot ribbons, some chicken, okonomiyaki sauce (or Country Bob's if we haven't been to the Asian market), more carrot to protect the rice and a quick roll is all I do. For myself, I like to add a line of Kewpie mayo but Monstro doesn't like it. If I have cucumber, avocado or green onion those make their way into our maki as well.
Anyway, on to the lunch...
He's got about a roll and half of katsushi, a little fishie filled with mashed roasted butternut squash and cinnamon and some strips of red pepper on the top tier.
It makes me really happy that he asks for things like roasted squash for his school lunches! It does a Mama proud.