Think making sushi for dinner is more of a hassle than it's worth? By creating your own custom blend of ingredients, sushi making becomes a fun dinner party activity and DIY addition to your menu.

As Gourmet Live points out, getting the rice right is key — use sushi rice, rinsed well, cooked just right and with the perfect blend of sugar, salt, and rice vinegar. In terms of fillings, don't feel the need to limit yourself to ingredients you've seen in restaurants. If you're using raw fish, be sure to buy sushi grade fish from a fishmonger you trust. Also try using cooked ingredients like smoked salmon, crab, and even beef. Cut ingredients to thin, pencil-sized strips. Read on for more homemade sushi tips from Gourmet Live.

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