What the heck is ‘sushi pizza’? We investigate

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“Sushi pizza” is a new TikTok trend that has me asking: Why?

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Crispy rice sushi pizza is exactly what it sounds like — the recipe combines everyone’s favorite comfort foods into one giant meal. 

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Do I like pizza? Yes. Do I like sushi? Of course. Do I think sushi pizza makes sense? Absolutely not.

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As per usual, it is my mission to debunk viral TikTok recipes before you try them, so let’s investigate whether sushi pizza is worth the hassle of actually making for yourself. 

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For the recipe, I looked up a healthy food blog — Holistic Foodie — to get the step-by-step instructions. Holistic Foodie promises this is “easier than sushi” and “ready in 30.” 

To make a sushi pizza, we need a base of sushi rice patty mixed with some rice vinegar, all cooked until it’s browned and crispy. I recommend making your patty on the thicker side, or you risk burning down your kitchen, as I almost did.

Then, we add wasabi powder or hot sauce into a bowl of mayo to make a paste. We’ll mix the paste with our canned tuna, and voila! Homemade “spicy tuna.” You can also just use regular raw tuna if you’re fancy.

Spread a layer of the spicy mayo paste on the rice patty, then top with the “spicy tuna,” avocado, seaweed, sesame seeds, chopped green onion or cucumber — whatever you want. I even went above and beyond and made my own spicy mayo concoction by mixing mayo and hot sauce. There is a lot of mayonnaise involved in this recipe.

Putting aside my internal philosophical debate over what constitutes pizza, I thought sushi pizza tasted pretty good. It’s a snack that I wouldn’t necessarily make when I’m feeling hangry because there are simply too many steps involved, but I might dabble in making it again to impress some guests. 

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