Fresh rolls are really simple to make, and they look so fancy. Impress your friends and family with these pretty rolls; they won’t even realize they are eating their vegetables! The best part? The dipping sauce.
We have included two for you to try.
-Leah Dickerson and Loni Zelfon
VEGETABLE FRESH ROLLS
More of a method than a recipe; once you have mastered the technique, you can fill these with your favorite combinations of vegetables, herbs, and proteins, as you desire!Ingredients
- Your favorite mix of vegetables, think color and crunch, such as:
- 1 Bell pepper
- 6 carrots
- 2 spring onions
- 1 cup purple cabbage
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 1 cup Thai basil
- 1 cup cilantro
- Chopped nuts, if desired
- Rice paper wrappers
Chop all vegetables into matchsticks, set aside.
The rice paper wrappers are delicate once they are moistened, so it is helpful to set up an assembly line of ingredients.
First, have a shallow dish that is wide enough for the rice paper wrapper to fit into ready and filled about halfway with hot water (8" x 8" pyrex is a good sized vessel for this).
Next, arrange a moist towel over a plate and place next to the dish and assemble the rolls. Place another moist towel over a large tray to cover the spring rolls once they are assembled.
Dip the rice paper in a shallow dish filled halfway with hot water. Place the wrapper on a moist towel.
Arrange about ¼ cup of the vegetables, herbs, and nuts in the center of the wrapper (Note: I like to place a few Thai Basil leaves down first because they look pretty once they are rolled) and fold top end down, bottom end up, and starting from one side, roll as tightly as possible without tearing the fragile wrapper.
Place on a tray and cover with a moist towel or plastic wrap until ready to eat, cut in half if desired. Dip in simple peanut and sambal lime dipping sauces. Pretend that spring is already here and that all of the snow has already melted. SIMPLE PEANUT SAUCE
- 1/4 c. smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 soy sauce
- 1/2 t. sambal, to taste
- 1/4 t. fresh ginger to taste, grated
- 1/4 t. fresh garlic, crushed or pressed
Whisk all ingredients until combined. Serve with fresh rolls.SAMBAL LIME DIPPING SAUCE
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 T. fresh lime juice or ponzu
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t sambal
- 1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
Mix all ingredients through sambal, stir until dissolved. Before serving, top with cilantro.
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