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So easy its Cheesy... Yaki Onigiri
Friday, October 16, 2009 | Time: 12:42 PM

This onigiri recipe is sooooo easy and delicious and salty and crunchy and yum.
Anything yakitori (grilled) is awesome and onigiri (riceballs) are no exception. These are rice balls that have been grilled (or broiled) so theyre crispy and flavorful on the outside, with a chewy inside.
Theres a wonderful recipe for it in a book I've got called Lets Cook Japanese Food! Its a great book, if you like Japanese food, you got to check it out.
But this is a super cheesy easy, pratically hands-free, way of making them that I made up myself! Ha!
This recipe requires a rice cooker. You might be able to do this kind of thing on the stove though but its just easier to use a rice cooker if you've got one.

Yaki Onigiri

adapted from Lets Cook Japanese Food!
1-2 cups cooked rice
1/2 c soy sauce

1. Just cook your rice in a rice cooker and leave it. Turn the thing off, take the pan out. Let it cool into a big rice puck. When cool the rice will be totally stuck together.
2. Preheat your broiler on the stove (or a grill if you're extremely talented).
3. Transfer carefully to a plate or cutting board and slice the rice like you would a pizza - starting from the middle, make a diagonol slice, then another going the other way from the center again, to make a triangle shaped peice. Does that make sense? Anyway its like a pizza.
4. Brush the tops with soy sauce. Then, carefully place the slices on an oven proof pan (ie cookie sheet), upsidedown so you can brush the other side with soy sauce.
5. Broil, turning once, until both sides are brown.

These are delicious hot or cold. Wonderful in bentos or for picnics or just a fun snack with the youngling.

Note: How much rice you use depends on how thick your slices will be. I used 2 cups to do mine and they were very thick, so 1 cup would probably be plenty.
Also, you can wrap these guys in plastic wrap and freeze them nicely. To thaw, just let them thaw in the fridge for cold ones, or pan fry them on both sides for hot.

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