Enoki mushrooms enveloped in thinly cut (carpaccio style) beef slices with a dash of Tamari and black sesame seeds for a simple and fun bite at your next dinner party.
A Savory Bite
These Enoki Beef Rolls savoury appetizers originate from Japon, a tender meat rolled around crunchy Enoki mushrooms, a drop of Tamari and a sprinkle of black sesame. Sometimes, simple is the answer to your guest’s stomach… My Cantonese sister-in-law made those mini rolls for my family once, slightly differently (in the wok instead of the oven).
When you receive guests, it’s always a tricky thing to satisfy everyone, this one appetizer is a carnivore pleaser guaranteed, plus it’s so simple to make. You can prepare them in advance and put them in the oven when your guests arrive 10 minutes later; you drizzle a tad of Tamari, pepper and black sesame seeds, insert a toothpick in each of them, and there you go! Ready to party.
Black vs. White Sesame
Clearing up the air here… Black vs white sesame seeds. Well, do you know the BIG difference between black and white ones? First black and white sesame seeds are two different types of sesame, the white one is hulled, meaning its shell got discarded and the black one comes with its exterior. Second, the texture of black sesame is much crunchier, and its flavour, in my opinion, is way more subtle than white ones. Third, the strongest is a toasted white sesame; it’s so, you won’t see it in many dishes… If you l; for Asian talks, you should buy yourself black sesame, and for this dish, the black ones fit right in.
I’ve added Tamari, which is very similar to soy sauce, to kick the rolls extra. Whether one or the other is fine for this recipe. Also, I believe they glaze the meat with Oyster sauce in Japon, which I’m sure gives a lovely glossy finish to the rolls.
Other Small Bites for Meat Lovers
Let’s make those meaty rolls!
Enoki Beef Rolls
- 150 g beef (thinly sliced (carpaccio style))
- 150 g enoki mushrooms
- 2 tbsp tamari (or soy sauce, oyster sauce)
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- salt and pepper
- Add a few enoki mushrooms and roll them up in 1 or 2 thin beef slices (depending on the cut length).
- Season the roll with salt and pepper.
- Cook in the oven at 180°C (350F) for 8-10 minutes (again depending if you use 1 or 2 meat slices per rolls).
- Add a drizzle of tamari (or soy sauce) on the rolls and the black sesame seeds.