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  • Erika erika@thepotrack.com

Vietnamese Fresh Rolls

Spring is just around the corner so I decided to give you something SPRINGY. Vietnamese Spring Rolls are one of those things you see in restaurants and think "I could never make that!". But I'm here to tell you, you can. Easy peasy lemon squeezy recipe that you can embellish and it's so fresh and wonderful... just like spring.


Ingredients for 12 Rolls

8 oz. of cooked rice vermicelli noodles or "rice sticks"

12 lettuce leaves (I think red leaf is pretty and tasty)

18 medium-large tail-off shrimp cooked and sliced in half

1 medium cucumber cut into 3 inch thin strips

1 red pepper cut into 3 inch thin strips

a bunch of fresh herbs minus the stems like mint, cilantro and Thai basil (pick what you like or use them all!)

12 8-inch rice paper wrappers (look in the Asian section of your grocery store)


Hoisin Peanut Sauce for Dipping

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1 tsp rice vinegar

2 Tblsp chunky peanut butter

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp chili garlic sauce (if you like a little heat)

In a bowl, stir all dip ingredients together. Add a bit of water if it's too thick. Set aside.


Instructions

  • Cook the dried rice vermicelli noodles according to package instructions. Rinse in cool water, drain and set aside.

  • Prepare all of your filling ingredients and place on one plate to prepare for assembly.

  • Add warm water to a large bowl. Quickly dip one rice paper wrapper in warm water for no more than a couple seconds. Lay on a flat surface such as a cutting board or your clean kitchen counter!

  • Start layering your fillings on 1/3 of the wrapper closest to you. Lay down your lettuce first, then the veggies, herbs, and the noodles.

  • Start rolling the wrapper over the fillings away from you, tucking and rolling the wrapper with your fingers, making sure all the fillings remain tight and round within the rice paper wrapper.

  • Roll spring roll until you have about 1/3 of rice paper left, then lay 3 pieces of shrimp, cut side up and finish rolling.

Voila! You did it! Now make 11 more.


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