If you've been following my facebook or twitter posts, you might have heard that I'm obsessed with Spring Rolls. I just learned how to make them and have made several batches and eaten them ALL myself. Well they are pretty healthy. They are also incredibly easy. I'm going to give you a few tips and my favorite dipping sauce recipes.
Here is the recipe I started with from allrecipes.com - Vietnamese Spring Roll
Here's what I learned
1. Cilantro is great, the mint and basil were unnecessary.
2. I loved the peanut sauce I made (recipe to follow) but I love the fish sauce I made best. -
3. You do not have to cook Asian rice noodles, just put them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes.
Spring Roll can be deep fried too, but check recipes for filling, the fresh veggies in these are not best fried.
The rice wrappers are good sized and very sticky, so very easy to wrap if you follow these steps. Get all your fillings cut and place on a plate or platter. Have a dish or pan that the wrappers will fit fully in, filled with warm water.
I place my wet wrappers on a textured cutting board, but a kitchen sack towel is best. DO NOT PUT ON A SMOOTH CERAMIC OR METAL PLATE, unless you like to swear, because the wrap will stick to the plate and you will tear it to pieces trying to get it off.
Put ONE wrapper in the warm water for about as long as it takes it to fully submerge and take it right out. It will continue to soften as you get the food on. Lay it on your surface. Start with the pretty things, in this case shrimp, then cilantro, rice, veggies. Don't put in too much or too little. Place this down a line in the center of the wrap leaving about an inch on either end. Pull the flap closest to you all the way around your filling and press down snugly. Don't pull to hard, the wraps are sturdy, but can tear. Fold in both sides, then roll up and all the way around. The sticky wrap holds everything together. The firmer you get the stuffing, the less will fall out while you eat.
Peanut Dipping Sauce Recipe
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
1 garlic clove
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon sriracha
1/3 cup water
Blend until smooth
Fish Dipping Sauce Recipe
2 T teriyaki sauce (I love it because it's so rich and tasty, I used low sodium)
2 T fish sauce
2 t sriracha
a pinch of garlic powder.
Add all and stir