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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Research can be fun! Yummy Spring Rolls Recipe

A good friend of ours gave us a special surprise the other day - cooking classes!  We visited The Wine Artist in Lake Forest and had a great time learning the art of  Thai cooking with MJ.  Did you know that Thai food goes well with Gewurztraminer? Who knew! Additionally, the location also serves as a relaxed / classy venue for private parties. We established a great relationship with The Wine Artist and You're Welcome Events would be happy to design the perfect party for you.  

Here is an amazing Spring Rolls Recipe compliments of MJ & The Wine Artist.  A majority of the ingredients can be purchased in the Asian isle or at your local Asian market:
2 ounces of rice vermicelli (for a low carb option leave this out)
8 rice wrappers (8.5 inch diameter)
8 large cooked shrimp (deveined and sliced in half - another optional ingredient)
Herbs and Veggies such as - basil, mint, cilantro, lettuce leaves, spinach, bean sprouts, carrots (shredded or thin 3" planks), cucumbers (thin 3" planks)

Dipping sauce:
1 part crunchy peanut butter to approximately 2 parts hoisin sauce. Can add garlic chili sauce on top for extra spice. (mix in small bowl until blended - can add splashes of water for the perfect consistency)

For vermicelli: bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. Boil rice vermicelli 3-5 minutes, drain in colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.

Fill a large bowl or glass pie dish with warm water.  Dip one wrapper in water for 1-2 seconds to soften.  Lay wrapper flat. In a row across center place 2 shrimp halves, vermicelli, basil, mint, cilantro, lettuce and any other veggies desired leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at lower end.  

Serve rolled spring rolls with hoisin sauce mixture.  

The best way to have this as a meal is to make one then eat it, then make another and eat it etc.  The wrapper will harden if you do not eat it immediately.  The trick to fast rolling is to get all of your ingredients chopped and prepared on a large plate or cutting board in front of you.  This is such a healthy meal to have during the week and you can definitely get creative with your fillings! Because large shrimp can get pretty expensive, I have started to use the Trader Joe's Chicken Apple Sausage cut into long planks of 4 (cooked).  Each sausage is only 120 calories! 



Pictured above - 
pad thai we made as a group
and ate as a family that night.

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