The end of the summer is brutal because it gets too hot to cook, and I only want to eat lighter meals. Sometimes I am prepared and prep dinners over the weekend, but I have lost most of my motivation by the end of August. That’s why Spring Rolls are such a great dinner choice – they require minimal prep, little heat, and they can be fun to make as a family.
A couple of tips: this is a great opportunity to save a couple of bucks on shrimp. Yes, you can use jumbo shrimp and slice them in half, but this is a great use of medium sized shrimp. Also, follow the directions on the package for the rice vermicelli noodles, because they tend to vary by brand. However, if they tell you to soak in boiling water, try using your electric kettle. This saves time and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.
The internet is filled with recipes for dipping sauces for these rolls, but I am very happy using Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce. It is available at most grocery stores, but Trader Joe’s makes a version that is very good too.
Vietnamese-Style Spring Rolls
inspired by All Recipes
2 ounces of rice vermicelli noodles, prepared per the instruction on the package
8 rice paper spring roll wrappers, but allow more for practice
8 large shrimp cut in half or 16 medium shrimp, cooked
8 leaves of lettuce (butter lettuce is easiest to use)
1/2 cucumber cut into long, thin slices
2 carrots, grated
8 Thai basil leaves
8-16 mint leaves, depending on the size
3 tablespoons of cilantro
water for soaking the spring roll wrappers
Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce for dipping
Prep all of your filling ingredients so that you are ready to go. If the rice noodles are difficult to pick up, cut them with scissors into smaller pieces.
Dip the spring roll wrappers in a bowl of water for a couple of seconds, until they are pliable. Immediately spread it out on a clean surface. This may take a few tries to master. Lay a lettuce leaf on top, followed by some of the noodles and the other fillings. Roll tightly, and add a drop of water to the seal the wrapper if necessary. Slice the roll in half and repeat.Pin It