Spring Rolls

A little tricky, but people will totally appreciate it!
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Ingredients

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce(you will only need like six leaves but unfortunately you cannot buy them that way!)
  • ¼ cup basil leaves(these you also can’t buy by the leaf but you can pick it from your garden by the leaf!)
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil
  • If you are feeling frisky or you just have meat lying around, shred it up with a fork and add that too!
  • 1 package of rice paper
  • 1 box of rice noodles
  • For sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped peanuts

Directions

Cook rice noodles according to the directions on the box. When done, strain and toss noodles in the sesame oil. Save about 2-3 inches of water in the pot. Cut the carrots and cucumbers into strips about two inches in length and as thin as you can make them. Take about 6 good sized leaves of romaine and cut into thin strips as well. Roll your basil leaves together and cut into small bits(they will come out thinly sliced).

Rolling yo Rolls:

Now this part has to be done semi quickly because your paper is super sticky and will dry out. The rice paper comes in a pack of like 1 million so if you waste 100,000 then you still have like…a ton to go!

Take your rice paper and place it into your reserved water. This is going to soften up the paper so that you can roll it! It only takes about 5 seconds for it to soften up so don’t leave it to sit too long! When you take the paper out it is going to fold in on itself so it might take a couple of tries to get the proper finger hold on it to keep it flat.

Once you have mastered wetting the paper and then not getting it to stick to itself or you, lay the rice paper down on whatever surface you have chosen to roll on (I am a huge fan of an oak cutting board 9 and ¾ width dragon heartstring). Take about 3 carrots 3 cucumbers a wad of romaine lettuce and a pinch of basil. Place everything in the middle of the rice paper, spacing out the basil so it is evenly dispersed throughout the roll (you basically want a bite of basil with every bite!). Take one of the short ends of the paper and pull it over the vegetables (bout ½ inch). The paper will anchor itself so you shouldn’t have to worry about holding it. Take one of the long ends of the paper and start wrapping it around in a burrito shape.

Now, I'm not going to lie to you, the first 5 you do might not be pretty. If you are natural at rolling then more power to you. I was not…still not!

In a small bowl, mix hoisin sauce and peanuts and serve alongside your spring rolls.
This is a super easy and semi quick recipe that should please everyone and it is a good way to eat your veggies! Unless you put meat in there it is also vegetarian!