Philadelphia Roll Recipe
This philadelphia roll recipe will explain to you, step by step, how
to duplicate this very popular roll in the comfort of your own home.
And it has also become one of the most common items ordered in sushi bars and restaurants in America.
Rumor has it that the the name of this
roll came from the use of Philadelphia brand cream cheese in the
recipe. And quite honestly, that's the brand you need to pick up if you
decide to make this roll. Knock off's and cheapo brands just don't cut
If you are still not
convinced and the old scrooge is whispering in your ear to watch your
pennies, try to think of it this way. If you are going to pay good money
to get real sushi grade smoked salmon for this roll, why skimp on the
Another thing to note is that this recipe uses the traditional, nori on the outside, rice on the inside rolling method.
The reason for that, is to try to keep it simple. I promised you "simpler" recipes on here and this is the simplest.
If you want to roll it with the rice on the outside and nori on the inside (like for a California roll...you can! Just follow the recipe for making a generic uramaki roll and substitute the ingredients from here, into that roll---instead of the crab, use the smoked salmon, instead of avocado use cucumber and then add the cream cheese and roll it).
It really is that easy.
So without further ado, let's get going on this philadelphia roll recipe.
Philadelphia Roll Recipe
Sushi Rice (this will yield 4 cups of rice and this recipe 4 rolls)
(Try to buy a high quality Japanese short grain white rice if you can)
Ingredients for filling:
1 - 8oz package of Philadelphia brand cream cheese sliced into 3/8 inch matchsticks
2 green onions finely minced
4 oz sushi grade cold smoked salmon (sliced into 3/8 matchsticks) or regular sashimi grade salmon if that's what you prefer
1 salt-scrubbed hot house, english or Japanese cucumber sliced into slivers
imitation wasabi or real wasabi (optional)
Bamboo Sushi Mat
1. This roll is made by laying a full 8 x
7 inch sheet on a bamboo sushi mat with the 8 inch side closest to you.
Leave about 3 or 4 slats showing on the side closest to you to help you
roll it better.
2. This is about the best way I have found
to make your philadelphia rolls a consistent size. Take your 1 cup measure and moisten the inside with vinegared
water so that the rice will not stick. Shake out any excess. Then
measure out 1 cup of rice and put it on your nori sheet. Refer to the
3. Dip your hands in vinegared water
(1/4 cup rice vinegar + 1 cup water) and tap your fingers on a folded
damp rung-out towel to remove any excess water.
4. Spread 1 cup rice over the entire
sheet coming to the edges on the right, left and closest to you but
leaving about a 2 1/2" strip along the 8 inch side farthest away from
5. Spread your wasabi or a condiment across the center of the rice if you are using any. This is not usually used in a philadelphia roll recipe, but I like it a lot so I use it.
6. Spread a row of cream cheese strips across the center of the rice on top of any condiment you may have used.
7. Sprinkle the cream cheese with green onions.
8. Lay a row of salmon on the far side of the cream cheese.
9. Now lay a row of slivered cucumber on the side of the cream cheese closest to you.
10. Lift the edge of the mat closest to
you with both hands by putting your thumbs under the mat and while
lifting up, use your fingers to hold the fillings in place.
11. Keep rolling, while pressing the
fillings into the rice and stop when the mat touches straight down on
the far edge of the rice. Make sure the exposed nori is still visible.
12. Tighten up this part of the roll by
pulling the mat covered part of the roll with your left hand while also
tugging 3 times on the free edge of the mat with your right hand; once
in the center, once on the left and once on the right.
13. Now, continue to roll until the
exposed part of the nori has been rolled under. Hold it still for a
little bit to allow the roll to seal.
14. Wipe your sashimi knife on your damp vinegared towel so that it won't stick, and slice the roll exactly in the middle (left picture). Take the 2 pieces and lay them side by side and slice in the center again (middle picture). Finally, slice each remaining piece in the middle one more time (rightmost picture) making 8 total pieces.
And there you have it.
The Philadelphia roll recipe. Congratulations!
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