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10 Irresistible sushi rolls you'll only find in America

Chris Perrin is part mad scientist, part glutton, and part culinary adventurer who is always ready to hit the kitchen to make something delicious. Cooking, especially for friends, has always been one of his deepest passions and explains ...

You won't find these unique and delicious sushi rolls anywhere but the good ole U.S.A.

Sushi is supposed to be this magical import from Japan. However, once it hit American shores, it got transformed. Like many foods we've adopted from other countries, we've given sushi our own little spin and have, in fact, invented a number of rolls on American shores we can only hope are as popular abroad as they are here.

1. Philadelphia roll

You won't find these unique and delicious sushi rolls anywhere but the good ole U.S.A.

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Hard to believe that a roll with Philadelphia cream cheese was invented here, but this beauty made from cream cheese and smoked salmon was. In fact, most cream cheese-laden rolls are American creations that are actually starting to enjoy popularity across the sea.

2. Avocado, cream cheese and cucumber roll

You won't find these unique and delicious sushi rolls anywhere but the good ole U.S.A.

Again, the cream cheese is a sign that this is an American roll. However, the addition of avocado, which is a distinctly Mexican ingredient, makes this roll another American gem.

3. California roll

You won't find these unique and delicious sushi rolls anywhere but the good ole U.S.A.

The California roll actually got its start (or at least its rise to stardom) in California. Though it's very similar to rolls served in Japan, the California roll is thought to be from the U.S. and is one roll that is now very popular across the world.

4. Barbecue beef rolls

You won't find these unique and delicious sushi rolls anywhere but the good ole U.S.A.

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Leave it to Guy Fieri to give us a barbecue beef and hot sauce roll.

5. Spam rolls

Hailing from the Hawaiian Islands, itself a place where many cultures collide and produce wonderful food, the Spam sushi roll is a piece of dubious Americana. Sure, no one in America really wants to claim Spam, but it does make a great roll.

6. Teriyaki chicken rolls

Americans, in general, seem to have more of a squeamishness around raw fish than their Japanese counterparts. That's why there's a movement to include cooked items in our sushi. Oftentimes this is cooked fish, but sometimes it's other meats.

7. Buffalo chicken rolls

You won't find these unique and delicious sushi rolls anywhere but the good ole U.S.A.

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This same need to have cooked protein in the sushi sometimes goes to eleven with the addition of a very strong piece of American cooking: Buffalo wing sauce.

8. Rolls covered in sauce

I feel like I'm cheating on the sushi train.

Posted by Mic Johnson on Friday, January 3, 2014

Actually, that's a good segue. Americans love to drown their rolls in eel sauce, Sriracha, spicy mayo, kiwi sauce, etc. That's an American tradition not found as much in Japan.

9. American sports rolls

Come check it out!!!

Posted by John Dallaire on Friday, October 24, 2014

One will never find a roll celebrating the Kansas City Royals in many Japanese sushi restaurants.

10. Pink Lady rolls

Last but not least, we end our list with a roll that's both cream cheese-based and sweet. Yes, the Pink Lady roll (on the left) is a dessert roll filled with sweetened cream cheese that's wrapped in rice and soy paper, then topped with chocolate and raspberry sauce. It's sweet, weird, cream cheesy and very, very American.

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