Author Notes: Do you love the look of Japanese maki but aren't drawn to raw fish?And are you a fan of Southwest flavors and color? Well, these might be for you! The orange of a chile flour tortilla replaces the nori wrapper; the rice filling is replaced by black bean puree, and the crab and avocado provide a colorful center.They are great fun to make and eat .Kids love to get involved because they come together quickly and the possible variations are endless.(Uh oh, PB&J maki?!) These spirals were inspired by John Rivera Sedlar's "Modern Southwest Cuisine".
I have provided a dipping sauce but I prefer the flavor of the rolls unadorned. Their refrigerated shelf life is about 5 days, and because the black bean puree is not wet, they will not get soggy.
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Makes 1 tortilla maki
- 1 large red chile flour tortilla
- 2/3 cups Black Bean Puree*
- 1/4 one Scallion green, sliced lengthwise
- 2 pieces Imitation Crab sticks**(Kanikama)
- 1/4 Ripe Haas Avocado, sliced ½" thick lengthwise***
- Place chile tortilla on board and spread with thin even layer of black bean puree. 2 " up from the bottom of the tortilla, place two pieces of crabstick, end to end, in a horizontal band. Place scallion slice on one side of crab, and avocado slices (end to end, straightened out a bit) on the other side, scallion and avocado both hugging the crab. Using both hands and firm pressure, lift and fold the bottom of the tortilla up and over the filling, squeezing firmly, then continue rolling tightly. Just before serving, with a sharp thin bladed knife, slice maki into 10 spirals.(If serving these as an hors d'oeuvre, do not serve the 2 end pieces.)
- Notes: * I make my black beans with onions, cumin, tomatoes,bacon,celery, carrot, bay leaf, hot sauce; but when there's no time for them, there are now available some tasty canned black beans and puree- that can be used as is or doctored.If whole, just drain them well (save the liquid), and puree them in a food processor, adding their liquid as needed. This puree should be moist enough to be easily spreadable, but not loose and wet. If it is too wet, cook it down over medium heat, stirring often so as not to burn, until it is thick and holds its own shape.
- ** Imitation crab sticks are available in Asian markets I find that their quality is best when Japanese and more expensive than others next to them. They freeze well and defrost very quickly ( and you can defrost just the amount you need if you bang the package on a hard surface to separate the sticks.)
- ***My no-muss technique for slicing avocado: Halve 1 avocado lengthwise.Twist slightly to separate halves and then remove pit by piercing it with the edge of a sharp knife and tugging.. Cradle one avocado half in palm of one hand, and have sharp knife in other hand. Gently score the avocado lengthwise, all the way through the flesh, just til you reach the shell with about ½” between the cuts. Using a soup spoon, scoop out the avocado in one or two scoops. Slices come out intact.
- Variations: Instead of crab sticks, try smoked chicken, smoked trout, smoked turkey, hearts of palm.
Optional Chipotle Sour Cream
- 3/4 Sour cream (no liquid)
- 1/4 Plain Yoghurt (not 'No Fat')
- 2+ teaspoons pureed Chipotles in Adobo (without seeds;San Marcos brand recommended, not La Morena which needs seeding -ugh)
- 2 teaspoons Orange Juice concentrate
- 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- pinch of kosher salt
- Chipotle Sour Cream: Mix all together except chipotles. Add them a bit at a time to make sure the mixture is not too hot for you. Adjust ingredients to taste. Flavors meld best if the sauce is made ahead. Note: I puree a can of chipotles with its adobo and keep in a small container, frozen. With a fork, I easily scrape off what I need each time.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Avocados