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!


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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.
 
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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.
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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.
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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.


 
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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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