Basil spring rolls! I fondly like to think of these guys as kitchen sink rolls, mostly because everything and anything can go into them, and they will always taste amazing. Also, I prefer to eat them over my kitchen sink to allow for extra peanut sauce to drip down my fingers.
I like to keep a package of rice paper wrappers in the pantry at all times, especially when I have a produce drawer full of vegetable scraps. 1/2 a pepper here, 1/4 head of cabbage there, throw in 2 scallions, just chop up and add some basil and you are good to go.
I absolutely adore Vietnamese food. There’s a place in St. Louis that I head to at least once a month and always order the exact same thing: an order of fresh spring rolls and the vegetarian pho. Thankfully, BL doesn’t get the appeal so I get to enjoy both of the rolls each time we go.
I know these often sound difficult to make, but I promise that they are very simple to put together once you get the hang of rolling. The biggest pain, in my opinion, is prepping all of your ingredients ahead of time. To slice the carrots, peppers and cucumber in record time I used this julienne peeler. It’s probably the best $7 you could spend if you do a lot of slicing. It also makes for perfect, thinly-sliced vegetables for salads and slaws.
How to Make Spring Rolls
You can purchase spring roll wrappers online, at specialty grocery stores or at some well-stocked grocery stores. I typically grab mine at Dierburgs in St. Louis or at Whole Foods. If you have a hard time finding them, then grab a couple of packages at a time- trust me, you’ll use them once you see how easy they are to make!
Place all of your prepped ingredients on a large plate near your work station, then fill a large, shallow bowl with warm water.
One at a time, place a spring roll wrapper into the bowl and let soak for 15-20 seconds until just softened. Take care not to let them oversoak, or they will become too soft to roll.
Remove the spring roll wrapper from the bowl and place on a clean surface. Place all of your ingredients on the rolls, stacking them in the center. Then, roll like a burrito. Start from one shorter end and cover the toppings, pulling the wrap underneath them. Tuck the two long sides in, then roll again to seal.
It’s OK if your first one doesn’t work out; consider it a little snack while you wrap the others. I don’t worry about small tears, but if the filling starts to come out then you can either place it on another wrap and double wrap them or just start over again.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Fresh Basil Spring Rolls! Spring rolls stuffed with fresh basil, tofu and vegetables with a spicy peanut dipping sauce.
- 8–10 rice paper sheets
- 1 cup cooked and cooled vermicelli or pasta noodles
- 6 oz. baked teriyaki tofu, thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumber
- 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 10 large basil leaves
- 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
Peanut Dipping Sauce:
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2” fresh ginger
- small clove of garlic
- Place all ingredients for the peanut sauce in a blender or food processor and puree until creamy. Set aside.
- Prepare all of your filling ingredients. The wrappers will dry out after soaked, so you’ll need to work quickly to wrap them.
- Add warm water to a large shallow bowl. Place 1 rice paper in and let sit for until soft, about 30 seconds. Remove and place on cutting board or pastry board.
- Place 1 basil leaf in the center of the paper, 1-2 strips of tofu, and 1/8 of the noodles and 1/8 of the thinly sliced vegetables.
- Fold like a burrito: Fold the short end of the tortilla up so the contents don’t spill out of the bottom, tucking the end in. Fold one of the long sides over the top of the filling. Place your fingers perpendicular across the fold, cup the tortilla over the filling and push the edge against the filling to make sure the fold is tight. Wrap the remaining long end over the folds.
- Set aside and repeat until all rolls are made.
- Serve immediately with dipping sauce!
Keywords: vegan, spring rolls