Friday, January 17, 2014

A Little Bit of Summer

About this time of year I really could use a little sunshine and summertime in my life. Since a trip to the significantly warmer Vietnam is out of the question, the best I could do was bring a little bit of warmth around the table. And thus the summer roll bar was born!

To make your own summer roll bar, all you have to do is assemble some simple ingredients. We opted for a vegetarian version that served more as a side than a meal. Carrots, green onion, and a peeled cucumber were cut into small slices, and fresh cilantro and cubed avocado were delicious accompaniments. I made two sauces (below) for dipping.
All these veggies are deliciously rolled up into thin rice paper wrappers. At first the wrappers gave us a bit of trouble. To moisten them up, you dip them into hot water for a few seconds until they are pliable. We found that the water should not be boiling, but should be hotter than room temperature.
Rolling them up is simple. Put your desired fillings in the center, fold one side over, fold the ends down, and roll them up. Serve alongside the sauces for a delicious Vietnamese treat.
Peanut Summer Roll Dipping Sauce
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp soy sauce

Whisk all the ingredients together and serve with your summer rolls.


Chili Sesame Summer Roll Dipping Sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp water
½ tsp chili powder
1 ½ tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
½ tsp salt

Whisk all the ingredients together and serve with your summer rolls.

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