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Bento Recipes: PBJ sushi


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Okay, this isn't really sushi. If anything, it's closer to a wrap. But it looks sushi-like, and it's cute, so I dub it PBJ sushi. I bet this would be a hit in children's lunches.

What you need:

  • thinly sliced bread
  • peanut butter
  • jelly

It's crucial that the bread be thinly sliced and very flexible, because it will play the part that rice does in a sushi roll. I use my own French bread, sliced 1/4" thin or less. To soften the bread I microwave a small plastic cup of water for a minute, then stick the bread in the microwave and it steam for 10 minutes or so. (Don't microwave the bread with the water; it'll have the opposite effect.)

When the bread is soft, take it out and cut off the crusts so you end up with square or rectangular pieces of bread. Spread the peanut butter on them, being careful not to tear the bread (it's best to have warm peanut butter, of course), then add the jelly on top. Roll the bread in a spiral, so you end up with a cylinder of PBJ. Finally, cut the roll into segments about 1.5" long. They should keep their shape because of the stickiness of the peanut butter, but if the outer edge is loose just tack it down with a toothpick.