Want a super simple, romantic dinner for a stay-at-home Valentine’s celebration? We’re talking easy to prepare finger foods and a whole lot of fun for an easy, romantic, and stylishly sustainable good time. Even better? This is so simple, you can do this any say of the week, or for a big dinner party. What miracle party is this? We’re talking a sushi and sake soiree, of course!
Read up on sake with our quick guide, then start scouting your local stores for organic options. When it comes to sushi, if you have a reliable fish market, you might be in luck. Make sure to check the sustainable seafood guide to make smart choices for your fish. How much fish should you get? That depends on what kind of sushi you’re making, but whatever it is, figure anywhere from 6 to 10 pieces of sushi for each of you.
For a home party, don’t try to bring home the entire sushi bar. Stick with a small selection of easy-to-prepare choices and please-almost-everyone classics. If you make your sushi a few hours ahead (shhh! we won’t tell) make sure you remove it from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving so the fish and rice can come to the right temperature. Futomaki (the traditional roll) and uramaki (an inside out roll) can take some practice, so take your time. Nigiri, the traditional fish on a pillow of rice, are a bit easier.
The sushi rice is the most difficult part of the menu. Sure, you can comb the ‘net looking for the right recipe and work till you get it right, but most savvy sushi lovers we know say the real secret is having a friendly sushi chef who will sell you the prepared rice.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up and get creative with the maki fillings. Reach for seasonal, organic, locally-grown items to add to your sushi masterpieces. If you want to have some real fun, try a build-your-own party for two.
You’ve got the food handled, now make it all look amazing with a cool sake set and some hand-thrown sushi plates. Bring your sushi masterpieces (or the ingredients) to the table in style on a stylish, curved wood platter, and get ready for a night of fun.
Don’t forget to wish each other “kampai” (or “cheers”) as you enjoy your sake!