Disclosure: “Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style” is sponsored in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) but all opinions are my own.
I love sushi (so do three of my five daughters). To clarify, when I say sushi, for everyone except my adventurous 16 yo, I mean the “safe” rolls, specifically anything that doesn’t have raw fish in it. The closest to raw I will get is seared tuna.
The thing is, sushi isn’t cheap (and if it is, be afraid, be very afraid).
Last week I took my girls to a local restaurant that serves half-price sushi at lunch, our bill for 5 people was STILL $70 (not including tip) shh… don’t tell my husband.
Since I had such good luck making California Rolls and Vegetable Rolls a while back, I thought it was time to add to our homemade sushi repertoire. We all really like Caterpillar Rolls so I decided to give it a go. If you don’t know what’s in a caterpillar roll it is made with unagi (eel), cucumbers, nori (seaweed) and rice, topped with thin slices of avocado.
Slight problem… freshwater eel isn’t exactly readily available at the local Lowes Foods. I did some research and found out that catfish baked in a BBQ sauce makes a good substitute for unagi. I was a little skeptical, but willing to give it a go. I have to admit if I didn’t KNOW I was eating catfish in the roll I would swear it was eel. It has the same texture and taste, especially when made with my secret weapon, Berry Brothers Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce. And that my friends, is how you “North Carolina Style” sushi!
Berry Brothers is a family-owned and operated North Carolina business created by Adam Dillard in 2015. Born and raised in Raleigh, NC and brought up in his family’s catering business, Adam developed a passion for food and trained under chefs in the business.
Adam, along with two childhood friends who were like brothers to him, had the idea to create and sell a variety of sauces and dressings they had enjoyed growing up. Shortly after the initial phases of the business, they were faced with the sudden and tragic loss of their oldest brother. In his honor the dream moved forward and the first sauces were put into bottles. To learn more about the story, visit the Berry Brothers website.
Adam started off demonstrating and selling Berry Brothers sauces at small venues with good success. Encouraged by the local support Adam signed up as a vendor for the Got to be NC Festival in 2016 and presented his products to his largest audience yet. Over the past two years the company has really taken off.
Berry Brothers currently sells five all-natural condiments, Strawberry Rosemary Vinaigrette, Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Carolina Cajun Blend and Rib Rub, all made using premium fruits, vegetables, herbs, vinegars, and oils. When available, the berries used in their products are sourced from local North Carolina farms. You can find delicious recipes on their website, including Adam’s favorite recipe, Strawberry Chipotle Ribs, which utilizes Berry Brothers Strawberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce and the Rib Rub.
Berry Brothers products are available for purchase in many stores throughout the area, as well as on their website and through Amazon.com. You can also connect with Berry Brothers on Facebook and Instagram.
Got to be NC Festival
If you are following me on social media you may have noticed a trend lately… I’ve been posting a lot about North Carolina businesses. As a small business owner myself, I believe it is important to support local small businesses. That is why I’m so happy to work with the NCDA&CS to promote the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on May 19 through the 21st. (Gate Admission and Parking are FREE! There will be a free shuttle from Carter-Finley Stadium to Gate 9 during the peak hours of 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and Noon – 7 p.m. on Sunday.)
“Join your friends and family for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.”
And while you are there don’t forget to check out Berry Brother’s booth at the Homegrown Fare. The event, part of the annual Got To Be NC Festival, will feature 100 local food, wine and beer companies. Admission is $3, but you can getget 2 FREE admissions with your Lowes Foods loyalty card. Plus, while supplies last you can get a free gift by mentioning Life of a Ginger at the Got To Be NC merchandise booth.
The Got to Be NC Homegrown Fare will be held in the Expo Center. The hours for the Homegrown Fare are Friday Noon – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
And here’s something fun… If you make a purchase from any of the vendors stop by the Got To Be NC booth to get your picture taken with your Got To Be NC product in the Homegrown Fare Selfie Frame! And if you feel like sharing on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #homegrownfare17 so we can check out your photos!
More information about the Homegrown Fare and the Got To Be NC Festival is available at gottobencfestival.com.
If you would like to check out some more delicious creations made with North Carolina products visit the links below:
Got to be NC Blogger Posts for #HomeGrownFare17
- Introducing Harvest Time Foods Gluten Free Products from Andrea of Good Girl Gone Redneck
- Chocolate Cherry Rum Cake Bites from Angie of Big Bear’s Wife
- Ice Cream Parfaits with Peach Wine Syrup from April of Girl Gone Gourmet
- Sweet and Tart Spaghetti and Meatballs from Emily of The Edible Coast
- Chris’ Smokin’ Habanero Pimento Cheese Macaroni and Cheese from Fran of Sip, Stir, Go
- North Carolina Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa and Rice from Hadassah of World on a Table
- Choose Better, Drink Sunshine and Brighten Your Life from Jen of JAB’s Plethorak
- North Carolina Muffaletta with Bruce Julian from Jenni of Pastry Chef Online
- Carolina Fancy Foods Takes NC Food Products to a New Level from Johanna of Durham Foodie
- Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style from Kate of Life of a Ginger
- Got to Be NC Air Fried Tofu Rancheros with Veggies and Little Face Salsa from Kathy of Healthy Slow Cooking
- Little Black Dress Dinner Party: Easy Baked Pork Tenderloin with a Dressy Salad Wedge Side from Leigh of HinesSight
- Discovering The World’s Best Popcorn from Linda of Hispanic Mama
- Easy Shrimp Noodle Bowl with Bertie County Peanuts from Meghan of I’m Fixin’ To
- Coming Home to Gregory Vineyards from Rachel of Fit Triangle Mom
Homemade Caterpillar Rolls, North Carolina Style
North Carolina style kabayaki sauce (see recipe above)
2 cups prepared sushi rice, cooled
2 fillets of catfish unagi, cut into about 1/2 inch strips (see recipe above)
2 Avocados (halved, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced)
1 English cucumber, julienned
1 pack unseasoned nori
Sesame Seeds, if desired
Sriracha Mayo, if desired
(If you need a little more help, here is a video showing you how to roll the sushi.)