I think everyone has a favorite version of these. Nothing beats the combination of fresh vegetables and herbs rolled together in a chewy rice wrapper. I love bringing these appetizers to parties, at least I know there will be 1 healthy option for everyone and it’s just as easy as a vegetable tray! Clean out your fridge when you make these, using whatever vegetables and herbs you have lying around. I haven’t found a combination that I didn’t like.
Fresh Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
1 package rice wrappers (Can find at most grocery stores in the international aisles or at Asian markets/whole foods)
1/2 package smoked tofu (Savory or other flavor)
Vermicelli noodles, 8 oz.
Assorted Vegetables, all cut into matchsticks: yellow and red pepper, carrots, lettuce (shredded)
Herbs: Thai basil, mint, and cilantro: chopped and mixed together
Cook vermicelli or other rice noodle according to package directions. Prep the vegetables and herbs while the noodles are cooking. Slice tofu into matchsticks equal size to the vegetables. For easier assembly, I placed all of the finished ingredients into separate ramekins. When making the rolls, I just went down the line of ingredients adding a little from each ramekin onto the roll.
To prepare the rolls: fill a 9X13 casserole dish with hot water. Take 1 spring roll wrapper and place in the casserole dish and submerge for 15-20 seconds until soft. Place the softened wrapper onto a damp paper towel. Place a small pinch of herbs in the center of the wrapper, top with vegetables and then a small handful of vermicelli noodles. If you want to make these more filling, use more of the noodles and vegetables. You decide how thick to make them. Once the are filled, take one end up and over the vegetables, tuck the sides in and roll like a burrito. Place seam side down in a separate dish or plate and continue with the next one.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 lime, juiced
1 pinch red pepper flakes or 1 tsp. sriracha
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tsp. maple syrup
Blend all ingredients together (except the fresh chopped peanuts) in a food processor or bullet. Top with fresh chopped peanuts.