Guys meet Totoro
Do you know the cult classic anime, My Neighbor Totoro? This popular furry is happy, sad and cute at the same time!
Our number one favorite thing about Inari is the fact that it’s incredibly easy to prepare You can make the tofu pockets or easily just buy them, like us, so you have that extra time to make this tasty, healthy snack into inari Totoro’s!
Are you ready to serve these magical bunny-cat hybrids to your people? … Maybe they’re too cute to eat.
1 cup short grain Japanese rice
1 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
INARI TOTORO SUSHI
1 portion sushi rice
6 inari age pouches
juice from the inari age pouches
white cheese – cut into Totoro tummies, mouths and eyeballs
seaweed – cut into eyeballs, noses, teeth and tummy triangles
uncooked spaghetti, fried in a bit of oil and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Rinse the rice, then drain well in a colander and let dry for 15 minutes.
In a pot; Bring rice and water to a boil (make sure the pot has a lid, you’ll need it later). When the water comes to a rolling boil, place the lid on and turn heat down to to low. Set a timer (for 17 minutes) and cook, without peeking.
When 17 minutes are up, turn off heat and set timer (for 10 minutes). Your rice will continue to cook with the lid on, so don’t open it!
Meanwhile, in a small pot; combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Gently warm over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.
When the 10 min resting period for the rice is finished, move it to a very large bowl. Sprinkle the seasoned vinegar all over the rice. Use a slicing motion with the edge or your rice paddle or spatula, gently separating the rice grains while mixing in the seasoning. Fan the rice while mixing to help dry it out. Cover with a damp towel to keep warm.
INARI TOTORO SUSHI
Open the package of the inari age pouches, making sure to reserve the juice in a small bowl.
Take a pouch and note where the opening is. At the bottom of the pouch, on the side the opens up, cut out a ear shape through both sides of the pouch, kind of a curved line – these will be your ears.
Carefully peel the pouch open. Wet your hand with the inari juice and take about 3 tablespoons of rice and shape it into a ball/egg. Gently place into the pouch, with the top of the pouch acting as kind of a hood.
Add his eyes (with cheese as the whites and seaweed as eyeballs) and nose. Use the spaghetti sticks to pop his ears into the right spots. Add his seaweed chest furries and you’re done. Repeat with the remaining inari pockets.
Don’t worry if the rice seems too wet while you’re mixing in the vinegar – the rice grains will absorb all the flavor and dry out a bit while you’re fanning. It helps if you have someone to fan while you’re mixing, but you can definitely do it by yourself.