california brioche rolls

California Brioche Rolls

california brioche rolls

This week all I am craving is Asian food. So it didn’t surprise me when late last night I was inspired to create a Japanese-fusion California brioche roll. 

I’ll be honest, I was nervous about mixing sweet brioche bread with a lemon, wasabi crab filling.- it just didn’t quite sound right. 

Luckily I ignored my doubts because this sandwich has become my new favourite. Not only did it take me 7 minutes to assemble but there is no cooking required. 

I particularly love that these brioche rolls are miniature, making them the perfect size for cocktail parties and barbecues.  


Don’t you find by simply adding a strip of nori around the brioche it takes the presentation to  a new level? It’s amazing how easy it is to turn simple recipes into gourmet feasts for both the eyes and the stomach.   

California brioche roll
Serves 4
Japanese fusion of a California roll with brioche bread
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  1. 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  2. 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  3. 1/2 teaspoon wasabi
  4. Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  5. 120 grams of white crab meat
  6. 1/2 avocado diced
  7. 6 chive stems
  8. 1/2 lemon cut into wedges
  9. 1 sheet of nori (seaweed)
  10. 4 mini brioche rolls
  1. Turn the oven onto 180 degree Celsius
  2. Cook the brioche in the oven, making sure to evenly toast both the bottom and top sides until they are golden brown
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk the wasabi, lemon juice, mayonnaise and smoked paprika together before adding the crab meat
  4. Hold the chive stems over the mixing bowl and snip small, even pieces
  5. Cut a slice down the middle of each toasted brioche roll- making sure not to cut all the way through
  6. Scoop the crab mixture into each brioche roll before topping with diced avocado
  7. Measure the circumference of your stuffed brioche roll with a strip of nori and wrap it around, making sure to wet the two ends so that they stick together
  8. Serve the brioche with wedges of lemon
  1. Tip with Nori: The non-shiny side sticks together while the shiny side does not.
  2. Tip for brioche rolls: Sainsbury's and Waitrose sell these rolls
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