Thursday, March 19, 2009

Summer Rolls

I saw a photo of summer rolls on the cover of a cookbook last week when I was at the library, and I instantly put them on the menu. They are so easy to make, so fresh tasting, and very healthy. I made mine with tofu and vegetables, but you can use crab, shrimp, fish, or any other protein. I also made a big bowl of steamed veggies tossed in TJ's Island Soyaki, which I love. It has big chunks of fresh ginger, sesame seeds, pineapple juice, and is very fresh tasting. It is a bit sweet for me, so I don't use too much.
After I made my rolls, I did have issues with them sticking together, anyone have advice on how to keep the rice paper from sticking?

Summer Rolls
Makes 8

8 rice paper wrappers
1 oz. rice noodles, cooked
1 block of thai marinated tofu, sliced
1 yellow pepper, julienned
1 english cucumber, julienned
2 carrots, julienned
1/2 avocado, julienned

Dipping Sauce:
1/4 c. soy sauce
1 tsp. Chinese Mustard
1 tsp. Thai Chile Paste

Prepare all vegetables, set on a cutting board.
Dip wrappers one by one in a bowl of warm water.
Place on parchment paper, add noodles, tofu, carrots, cucumber, peppers, and avocado.
Roll up like a burrito. Repeat.
Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Mix all dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl.


Ashley said...

Normally when I make these for myself and hubby I usually don't care too much about them sticking. However, I've made them for parties before and then it bothers me. What I did last time was rub a tiny amount of oil on the outside. I just used canola, but I assume you could use anything. It worked really well for the party, but it's not worth the calories for me on an everyday basis.

Kelly said...

Mmmm. I love summer rolls. They are one of my favorite things to order at vietnamese restaurants. I also recently took down an amazing sounding recipe for Artichoke, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Spring Rolls from The Cheese Lover's Cookbook. I'm thinking these may have to be on the menu next week. It's the first time I have seen more of a fusion approach to a fresh roll.

Lisa said...

You would have loved to watch me try and make these rolls. Somehow I skipped the part where you dip the rice paper in water. That first roll didn't turn out so hot! Live and learn. Haha.