Monday, June 22, 2009

Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

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Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

18 Rice Paper wrappers
4 Cups fresh spinach, thinly sliced
2 Cups bean sprouts
1 Medium Red bell pepper (sliced thinly and cut in half)
1 Cup shredded carrots
1/3 Cup thinly sliced mint
1/3 Cup thinly sliced cilantro
1 jar of store bought peanut sauce for dipping

Prepare all the above ingredients prior to assembling the spring rolls. Place each ingredient in separate bowls for ease of assembly. Have a large bowl of fairly hot water (not hot enough to burn you) and a large plastic cutting board to prep the rolls on.

Dip the dry rice paper sheets one at a time in the hot water and flip once. You will want to soak just until it begins to wilt. Work on one roll at a time. Lay the wet rice paper onto the cutting board. Add about a ¼ cup of spinach to the center, and then on top add, 6 to 8 bean sprouts, 2 -3 red bell pepper slices, a pinch of carrots, then top with a pinch of the mint and cilantro.

To assemble, fold the top of the circle to the middle (the twelve o’clock position, then the left side to the middle, then the right side. With your thumbs and forefingers, slightly push the filling to the back and roll tightly until the roll is secure.

Cut each one diagonally in half and arrange onto a platter with a decorative bowl in the middle to place the peanut sauce into. You may need to water down the peanut sauce with a little hot water if too thick out of the jar.

Keep refrigerated and covered with plastic wrap until you are ready to serve.
Tips: The rice papers can be found at Asian food markets or specialty food stores. They are typically inexpensive and great to pick up several packages. I have found that Jade brand peanut sauce is one of the best around but several others are good and usually available at Safeway and Trader Joe's.

1 comment:

  1. YES! Delish...I can't wait to make these :)


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