One of my closest friends is a vegetarian and I think the biggest concerns when we eat out or have a potluck is whether there will be something for her to eat. However, a simple recipe that I think can be a favorite among everyone is the Vietnamese Spring Roll. Although I haven’t made these myself yet, I’ve eaten them on numerous occasions and know what a flexible recipe it can be.
This recipe can be catered towards celiacs, vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike! For those with Celiac Disease, please make sure to check the ingredients list when purchasing rice paper. Generally, rice paper is made with rice and tapioca starch but there are some brands that contain gluten ingredients.
The Vietnamese Spring Roll is essentially fresh vegetables wrapped with rice paper. They are also known as “summer rolls” because they are so light and crisp. These rolls are usually dipped in a sauce made of peanut butter and hoisin sauce or chile-garlic paste.
Some common ingredients in a spring roll would be lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, mint, cilantro, chives, shrimp, pork belly, and vermicelli noodles. However, the spring roll is not limited to these ingredients and many people will also put in bell peppers, avocados, tofu and much more.
-To make your spring roll, chop up all your ingredients.
-If you are using a protein, please make sure to cook it thoroughly.
-In addition, if you are using vermicelli noodles, please make sure to boil it in hot water until it reaches your desired softness.
-Once you are ready to assemble your spring roll, dip the rice paper in water just until it is damp and start placing your ingredients in the middle.
-Give yourself 2-3 inches space around the edge of the rice paper so you have room to fold it.
–I didn’t give specific measurements for this recipe because I think this would be a fun dish to assemble with friends after the ingredients are prepped. However, you can look up a recipe online or click on the hyperlink I provided for the image above and edit the recipe to your specific diet.
-After you finish placing your ingredients, roll the spring roll once or twice and fold the edges, and finish rolling. This spring roll can be eaten just like this or with a dipping sauce.
–Many people make their own dipping sauce (a good recipe for a ginger peanut sauce would be from minimialistbaker), but you can also buy your own.
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