Red Wine Sushi with Serrano

Metric version of recipe

Yields 8 portions

Ingredient Amount
For the risotto  
Red wine (such as tempranillo) 2 ¾ cups
Sugar ½ cup
Salt 1 ¾ tsp.
Japanese rice vinegar ¼ cup
Japanese white sushi rice, (about 1 pound) 2 ¾ cups
Parmesan, grated 2/3 cup
Olive oil, extra virgin ¼ cup
Butter (1/4 stick) 2 Tbsp.
For the red wine sauce  
Red wine 3 ½ cups
Sugar ½ cup
Veal or chicken stock ½ cup
Butter (1 stick) ½ cup
For the garnish  
Yukon gold potatoes, medium-dice 2 cups
Salt 2 tsp.
Olive oil, extra virgin ¼ cup
Green asparagus stalks, peeled and and woody ends trimmed 4 ea.
Serrano ham, thin slices 4 ea.
Kinome sprigs (a Japanese herb) or watercress leaves 8 ea.
Black pepper, freshly ground as needed
For the vinaigrette  
Soy sauce ¼ cup
Olive oil, extra virgin ¼ cup


  1. Make the red wine risotto. Bring the wine to boil in a medium saucepan over high heat and reduce to a little over 2 cups, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the sugar, salt, and vinegar, bring back to a boil, and add the rice. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit, undisturbed, for 10 minutes. Toss with the Parmesan, oil, and butter.
  2. Make the red wine sauce. In a medium saucepan over high heat and reduce to ¾ cup, about 25 minutes. Add the sugar and stock and reduce to ¼ cup, another 30 minutes. Add in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time to produce a thick syrup consistency.
  3. Prepare the garnish. Place the potatoes, 4 quarts of cold water, and the salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the potatoes are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet; sauté the potatoes until browned and crisp, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain.
  4. Blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water so that it is just barely cooked in the center, about 1 to 2 minutes, then remove it with a slotted spoon. Cut the asparagus into ½-inch slices.
  5. Mold the risotto into circles using a 3- by ¾-inch ring mold. Place 1/3 cup of the risotto into each mold and smooth over the top.
  6. Prepare the ham. Slice the ham into 3- by ½-inch strips, then carefully fold, twist, and/or roll the strips to form ½-inch “balls.”
  7. Whisk together the soy sauce and oil in a small bowl. Drizzle 4 ½ teaspoons of the red wine sauce and 1 ½ teaspoons of the soy sauce/oil mixture and around the edge of a plate. Place a risotto circle in the middle and place 5 balls of the Serrano ham, 1 tablespoon of the green asparagus, and 3 tablespoons of the sautéed potatoes around the plate. Place a kinome sprig or a watercress leaf on top. Sprinkle with pepper and repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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Recipe credit: Kiyomi Mikuni for Kikkoman International, as presented at the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival. Published with permission of the author. All rights reserved. Presented at the World Marketplace on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.

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