vrijdag 22 november 2013

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

*Note: this recipe requires marinating the meat, so plan ahead! Also, check the labels on the bottled Asian ingredients to double check that they are gluten-free.

*Serves 4-6

For the Rolls:
2 pounds chicken breasts or boneless pork chops
about 30 10-inch diameter spring roll wrappers (rice, tapioca, etc.)
1 pound fresh bean sprouts
1 red bell pepper, cored and sliced thin
1 large English cucumber, cut into thin strips
large bunch of fresh herbs, washed (I used basil and cilantro)
large bunch of fresh lettuce leaves, washed
warm water in a large shallow bowl or pie plate (large enough to accommodate a spring roll wrapper)

Meat Marinade:
juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chile-garlic paste to taste

Hoisin Peanut Dipping Sauce:
8 oz hoisin sauce (the Y&Y brand is gluten-free)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 cloves garlic, crushed or pressed through a garlic press
1/2 teaspoon chile-garlic paste

Whisk together all the marinade ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a ziploc bag. Place the meat in the bag and marinate, refrigerated, for an hour or two. Grill or broil the meat until it is cooked through. Set aside to cool. When cool, cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch slices.

For the sauce, mix all of the sauce ingredients together until combined. If the sauce is too thick, add hot water and mix in until you achieve a desired consistency. Set aside.

Assemble the spring rolls (see step-by-step photos below) by dipping one spring roll sheet into a shallow bowl of warm water for a second or two and setting it flat on your plate. Layer lettuce, herbs, vegetables, and meat in a small strip about 1/3 of the way from the edge nearest you. Roll from the edge nearest you and tuck in the sides as you go if you wish. Roll tightly, but not so tightly that you tear the wrapper. Serve the rolls with the dipping sauce on the side.

Recipe Source: adapted from Use Real Butter

After dipping the rice paper wrapper in water, lay it flat on a large cutting board and layer the vegetables/ingredients on the lower third of the wrapper, leaving a small border on the sides and bottom and a large border on the top.

Take the bottom of the wrapper and gently bring it up and around the ingredients, gently pressing on the ingredients with your fingers to keep the filling in place. The wrappers have a bit of “stretch” to them but can tear easily so don’t pull too hard.

Continue folding the wrapper up over the ingredients, tucking everything together.

Holding the middle of the spring roll with your fingertips, start folding in the sides of the wrapper, kind of like a burrito.

When the sides have been folded in, continue rolling the wrapper all the way to the top.

The rice paper will be sticky so when you get to the top, roll it all the way to seal itself and set it aside.


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