cinco de mayo roll

Cinco de Mayo Roll

Okay, so technically this isn’t a very *Mexican* roll. But work with me here – it does use red pepper powder, and technically yellowtail is mostly found in Baja California (at least in North America), which is part of Mexico! Plus it’s all pretty and colorful, and today is May 5th! So there. πŸ˜€

Of course, neither of us really celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Neither Son nor myself are the least bit Hispanic, plus we don’t really party or drink at all. Not to mention I have school and he has to work, so Cinco de Mayo isn’t much of a special day for us.

Since I’ve never really celebrated Cinco de Mayo, I’m curious… what do you do for Cinco de Mayo? Go out and party? Stay home and ponder the historical significance of the day? πŸ˜€ I would love to hear your stories!

Cinco de Mayo Roll

Note: This roll was originally called the Spicy Jamie Roll, but I didn’t find it at all spicy, and I don’t know who Jamie is, so I decided to change the name to something a little more relevant. πŸ™‚

  • 6 sheets nori
  • 3 cups sumeshi
  • 6 oz sashimi-grade yellowtail
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 stalks green onion
  • 1 oz tobiko
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp red pepper powder
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Cut the avocado in half, discarding the pit.
  3. Cut off the hard skin and discard.
  4. Slice the avocado into thin sticks.
  5. Wash the green onion, cut the long green stalks off of the white bulb-like things. Discard the white bulbs.
  6. Chop the green onion.
  7. Slice yellowtail into 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch by 2-3 inch sticks, against the grain.
  8. Mix the mayonnaise and red pepper powder.
  9. Roll the sushi inside-out, using avocado, yellowtail, and the mayonnaise mix as your fillings.
  10. Sprinkle the chopped green onion, tobiko, and additional red pepper powder on top of the roll.
  11. Enjoy!

13 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo Roll”

  1. Nick -

    If you want the roll to be more spicy? I would recommend makig it w/ some masago. Masago is mayo mixed w/ japanese chilli sauce. Which you don’t need a lot of because a little goes a long way. It should just have a red tint to it when mixed.

  2. Allison -

    Masago is actually fish eggs, very similar to tobiko but clearer and a bit more expensive. Spicy mayonnaise is definitely delicious, and if you so desire you can definitely make this roll with it! Of course, it’s also quite delicious without. πŸ™‚

  3. Yvo -

    lol I was thinking “isn’t masago fish eggs” while reading the first comment because I buy it all the time and it resembles nothing even remotely close to mayo and hot sauce πŸ™‚
    I’m not Latino/a descent at all but every year for Cinco de Mayo (for the past 2-3 at least) I seem to make salsa, guacamole… I think it’s the weather changing that puts me in the mood for salsas/light foods like that. Sometimes I have sangria, sometimes I go to a bar, but meh. Anyway it’s like St. Patty’s day – everyone’s a little bit [whatever nationality you want to be that day as an excuse to drink] – it’s NYC afterall πŸ™‚

  4. Allison -

    Yeppers! I see it a lot at the Japanese supermarket, but I usually get tobiko instead because it’s cheaper. πŸ˜€

    Guacamole sounds really good right now… we had some at my parents’ house a couple of weeks ago, and it was really yummy! Hehe since I don’t drink, neither holiday has much significance for me in that sense, although I am a little Irish so I suppose St. Patrick’s day is somewhat applicable. πŸ˜›

    Hey have you seen or played GTA 4 at all? Every time I see Son play it, I wonder how similar the map really is to New York, and you’re the best person I know to ask! πŸ˜€

  5. carolina -

    I’m from Mèxico,and its very curious here we do’nt celebrate cinco de mayo its only a patriotic day there was a battle vs France , we celebrate, here in Mexico 16 de septiembre (independece day ) and 20 de noviembre (revolution day).but in the USA seems the latinos celebrates the day.

  6. Allison -

    A lot of people here in the US think that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day, but even for those who know that’s not correct, most Americans will take any excuse to get drunk! πŸ˜›

  7. Yvo -

    Haha, is GTA 4 the absolute newest one? BC I haven’t played any of the GTAs since… a while ago, actually, so probably not. I think they were in Miami or something when I played. Hmm. I haven’t heard about it resembling NYC, but you know which one does – the newest Hulk vid game? My bf saw it demo’d at the Comicon and said as soon as he saw it, he knew where they were. Creepy. lol.

  8. Bill -

    Its a good game…but San Andreas was much better. Don’t know how to describe…it was the westcoast flair i liked.

  9. MO -

    Funny story. The Spanish teacher used to send her students into the French classroom with sombreros. They would run around the room screaming “AI YI YI YI YI!” True story.