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Creative Muffin Tin Appetizer: Ahi Sushi Cups

Ahi Sushi Cups Skip the mat-and-roll routine and keep sushi night simple with these easy-to-make and impressive-to-serve cups. For a wow-worthy party app, try this recipe in mini muffin cups to create perfectly poppable bites.

1 cup sushi rice, rinsed well 8 teaspoons rice vinegar, divided 1 tablespoon sugar 1 ounce 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided Cooking spray 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/2 cup cubed seeded peeled cucumber 1 pound raw sushi-grade ahi tuna, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 green onions, thinly sliced 1 large diced peeled avocado 1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds, lightly toasted

1. Combine rice and 11/4 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed (do not uncover while cooking). Remove pan from heat; let stand covered 10 minutes.

2. While rice stands, combine 2 tablespoons vinegar and sugar in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 30 to 45 seconds or until boiling. Stir mixture with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add cream cheese and 1/2 tsp. salt to bowl, stirring with a whisk to combine. Gently fold vinegar mixture into rice using a rubber spatula; let stand 5 minutes.

3. Generously coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray. Lightly coat each of 12 (5-inch square) parchment paper pieces with cooking spray; press paper squares into muffin cups to form a liner. Using moistened hands, press rice mixture evenly along bottom and sides of muffin cups (about 21/2 tablespoons rice per cup). Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.

4. Combine remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, soy sauce, oil, and red pepper in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add cucumber, tuna, onions, and avocado to bowl. Toss gently to combine.

5. Divide tuna mixture evenly among rice cups; sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds. Gently remove cups from pan by lifting parchment paper edges.

SERVES 6 (serving size: 2 cups) CALORIES 203; FAT 6.2g (sat 1.5g, mono 2.8g, poly 1g); PROTEIN 21g; CARB 16g; FIBER 2g; SUGARS 3g (est. added sugars 2g); CHOL 33mg; IRON 2mg; SODIUM 606mg; CALC 21mg

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