The other week I posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook of my lunch. Three spring rolls and some homemade peanut sauce. Yes....I actually made them and so many were shocked. I received a lot of requests to show how I made them and I continued receiving private messages to share. It's no secret so I wanted to post what I created.
They are inspired from the wonderful tasting Vietnamese spring rolls I order when I'm out. I figured..."I can make that. I enjoy good coffee and sweets at home, why not spring rolls?"
I've included the ingredients, however I'm not a stickler all the time to use the exact same ingredients you would order at a Vietnamese restaurant such as pork and shrimp. I think you can create your own roll based on what you like. For example, Johnny does not like the fresh mint in his so I eliminated it. I like the taste of a little mint. Too much can be over powering...so try fresh greens and other ingredients that you like.
The biggest challenge for me was working with the rice paper wrapper. In the package it's like a stiff piece of plastic. What you will do is dip the round wrapper in water for about 5 seconds. You don't need to soak it any more than that..,trust me. Even when you pull it out if the water it stills feel stiff, however the minute you lay it down and start building your roll, it continues to soften. By the time you have added your ingredients, the wrap will be super soft to fold and roll.
Make sure you have all your ingredients ready, chopped and all nearby so you can add quickly to your wrap.
Ingredients I used for Spring Roll;
- rice paper wrapper
- rice noodles
- imitation crab meat (you can use shrimp, lobster, steamed pork etc)
- green onion cut lengthwise and in strips
- lettuce (ice berg, green leafy, butter lettuce, any kind you wish)
- fresh mint (optional)
- avocado sliced (I like it, Johnny not so much)
Begin dipping your rice paper wrap into warm water. Be sure to not soak for longer than 5 seconds.
Begin building your spring roll by adding the crab meat.
Add a little bit of cooked rice noodles,
Add some green onion,
Now, a little lettuce,
Next is the fun part...wrapping. Just wrap it up like a burrito. I am good at that! Remember the rice paper will be very pliable and it can stick to itself so work with it slowly. I folded over the top, then folded in the sides and finally roll to close.
Now you need some great tasting dipping sauce. I made a hoisin-peanut sauce that is super easy and can be made ahead of time.
Ingredients for hoisin-peanut dipping sauce;
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/3 cup of hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha sauce ( I like it spicy, I used 1 tablespoon)
- 2-4 tablespoons of water
- crushed peanuts to top sauce
Combine all ingredients (except the crushed peanuts) in a blender. Start with 2 tablespoons of water...blend well. I added 2 more tablespoons of water because i wanted to thin it out a little more. pour into bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. top sauce with a little crushed peanuts.
Its a great meal during this extreme heat we are having in Phoenix. Its cold, crisp, refreshing and delicious. Also, not too may calories either. Based on my measurements its about 200 calories for the three I prepared.
Pairs very well with a tall glass of Cold Brew Coffee Iced! You didn't think I would write all this without mentioning coffee at home did you? (wink wink smiley face).
Let me know how you did. Feel free to post your pictures on our Facebook page.