To be honest, I was pressed for time when I made these and hadn’t really planned on making them. So I had to make do with whatever I had on hand and improvise as I went along. I didn’t have a dipping sauce at hand and didn’t have the time to whip one up at the last minute. The next time I make these, I think I’ll make the sauce in advance. Anyway, I knew there had to be something saucy to go with the rolls. So what I did was, combine a cocktail sauce that I use for my shrimp cocktail with these rolls. You could think of these as shrimp cocktails in a wrapper =o) I was quite happy with the way they turned out and I plan on serving these at the next party or family gathering, whichever comes first.
Healthy Spring Rolls
4 sheets of Rice paper
A few prawns, peeled, de-veined and boiled for a few minutes with a pinch of salt till tender
Some iceberg lettuce, chopped fine
A carrot, julienned
A cucumber, julienned
A few fresh coriander leaves whole
2-3 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tsp tomato sauce/ketchup
A few drops of Tabasco sauce
Salt, to taste
Freshly crushed black pepper, to taste
The trick to assembling these well, is to prep everything and keep it ready.
For the cocktail sauce, mix the mayonnaise, ketchup and Tabasco sauce in a bowl. Taste and adjust the flavors to your linking. If you like a hit of spice, you can use a tomato-chilly sauce and some extra Tabasco sauce.
Cut up all the veggies and keep aside.
I slit my prawns in half, lengthwise, like Candace suggested.
To assemble the rolls –
Place warm water in a shallow dish large enough to fit your sheets of rice paper.
Dip the sheets of rice paper in the water for a few seconds till they have softened and then place them on a flat tray or cutting board.
Place the ingredients prepped for the filling in the center. I placed the coriander leaves first, I like how they look through the wrappers. Place the veggies and prawns. Season with a light sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spoon some of the cocktail sauce over the filling and roll the wrapper tightly to form a spring roll.
Just to give you an idea I included the first sheet I rolled. It wasn’t rolled snug enough.Its the first one on the left. I wrapped the others tighter and I think they look so much better than the first one.
I hope these instructions can be understood. I now realize that it would have been simpler if I had pictures for each step. In any case, you can visit Candace’s blog for a step by step pictorial demo. Her spring rolls are really pretty.
This recipe is linked to –
A Little Birdie Told Me
Hearth and Soul
Tuesday Night Supper Club
Tuesday’s at the Table
Recipes I Can’t Wait to Try
What’s On the Menu Wednesday
Real Food Wednesday