our last visit to see the grandparents, my mom surprised us with a
lovely plate of vegetable spring rolls. Not the kind that are deep-fried,
but ones made with rice paper and filled with an assortment of fresh
vegetables and avocado.
a photo that I took before we plowed through our surprise appetizer:
healthy vegetable spring rolls, you'll need dry rice paper that comes
in flat circles. You can find rice paper in the Asian section of your
local grocery store or in most Asian food shops.
are a few video clips courtesy of CHOW.com's YouTube channel that
show how to work with rice paper:
to Soften Rice Paper Before Rolling:
to Put Spring Rolls Together:
to Keep Healthy Spring Rolls Fresh Before Serving:
a few key points:
sure to allow excess water to drip off of rice paper before laying
the paper down on your rolling board.
softer ingredients down first to create some padding to prevent
crunchier ingredients from tearing your rice paper.
firmly enough to prevent tearing while eating, but don't make
them so firm that your filling ingredients puncture the rice paper.
keep your healthy spring rolls fresh before serving, cover with
a moist dish towel. Don't put rolls in the refrigerator, as the
rice paper will harden.
likes using a piece of lettuce as the first layer to help prevent
tearing. She typically adds shredded carrots, shredded bell pepper,
cucumber strips, and avocado slices on top, then rolls them up to
use cucumber strips, cut your cucumbers into quarters lengthwise,
then slice off the inner portion from each quarter to remove the seeds
and juicy flesh surrounding the seeds.
don't remove the seeds and juicy inner pulp, your rolls will get a
knife to slice your de-seeded cucumber quarters into thin strips.
dipping sauce is made by combining one tablespoon of Dijon mustard
with about three or four tablespoons of soy sauce and and giving this
combo a quick whisk.
one or two tries may require a bit of trial and error, but trust me
in knowing that once you get the hang of making your own healthy spring
rolls, you'll be grateful to have them as a go-to dish for any occasion
- you can't get these rolls just anywhere, so family and friends tend
to be delighted with them.
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