Keto-Friendly Cucumber Gunboats
Keto-Friendly Cucumber Gunboats

These Keto-Friendly Cucumber Gunboats are my own creation make a great low-carb alternative to the Japanese sushi specialty known as ‘Gunkan Maki’ in Japanese, or ‘Battleship’ Sushi in English.

 For those who haven’t experienced it yet, Battleship Sushi is very much like Nigiri sushi in that it is a topping on top of an oblong pad of sushi rice. In the ‘Gunkan’ case, however, the topping is ‘loose’ rather than a single solid piece, and it is held in place with a collar of Nori wrapped around the rice. The ‘Battleship’ name, comes, of course, from the rather boat-like appearance of each piece.

The fillings I used for this post (shown from left to right in the above picture) are Shrimp Salad, Egg Salad, and a preparation of Smoked Salmon Strips in a light dressing of oil and lemon juice. Practical considerations made it preferable to make ‘rounds’ rather than rectangles, but the ‘Gunboat’ name still works, I think…


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Smoked Salmon Maki
Smoked Salmon Maki

This Smoked Salmon Maki appetizer was inspired by a drive to create some rice-less ‘sushi’ type preparations for those following low-carb diets, or even doing the whole ‘Keto’ thing. These Maki, or rolls, use thin slices of Smoked Salmon to wrap nori sheets, egg-salad made with Japanese Mayonnaise, and strips of red bell pepper.


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