A few months ago I attempted making spring rolls for the first time. I was skeptical at how easy people said they are to make. I mean they just look hard to make.
But guys, spring rolls are so easy to make! And what's even better is they look pretty, you can stuff 'em with whatever yo want, and they are a refreshing lunchtime treat.
The trick is to choose the right combination of ingredients, it takes a lot of balancing. You want something that is sweet, something that is salty, something that has some crunch, and something that is not so crunchy.
And those wraps that look to be intimidating, are not so scary. Promise.
All you do is soak the wrappers in a bowl of water, place the toppings into the center of the now pliable wrap and then wrap it up like a burrito. It did take a little bit of practice to get the wrap nice and tight and pretty looking but once you practice a few times, you've got it.
Just look at all of these fresh and bright ingredients! Ah! SO. GOOD. You could even have one just as a healthy snack! And if you want to make it even more filling, add some chicken or tofu in the mix.
Yields: 4 rolls Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
4 spring roll wrappers
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
dash of salt and pepper
1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 an avocado, sliced
heaping 3/4 cup mango, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup scallions, diced
1/4 cup peanuts, crushed
1 Tbsp cilantro, roughly chopped
handful butterhead lettuce
1. Fill a wide bowl with water and gently submerge the wrapper until it is completely soaked and pliable. Lay wrapper onto a clean plate and pile 1/4 of the fillings into the center.
2. Wrap up the spring roll by folding in the top and bottom of the wrap. Then, take one of the sides and fold it over the fillings and then rolling.
3. Repeat with the remaining three wraps. Do not let the rolls touch until they are no longer wet. Serve with soy sauce or peanut sauce for dipping.