Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Veggie rolls

Yum! Veggie rolls! (also known as salad rolls, and Summer rolls)

I had these for dinner tonight, and ended up making them for the whole family. (Mom looked at what I was cooking, asked if I'd make some for Dad, ate one of Dads, asked for some for herself, then came the brother)

So here's how you make them!
1/3 cucumber
1 carrot
1 tomato (the ones that are ripe, but barely, so that they have that really nice "fresh" flavor work best)
1 avocado
a few leaves of basil, minced
1 cup spinach
about 1/3 container rice papers (Can be found in most Asian markets, and looks like this)

Okay, so cut the carrots and cucumber julienne.
Then cut the tomato in half, and then slice it.
Slice the avocado.
Then get a bowl, or pan, or something, and have it full of hot water. (pans work well for this because they are wide, and you can keep them warm) You don't want it simmering, you want to be able to put your hand in the water without hurting yourself, but you want it hot enough to be able to cook the rice papers.
Once you have all of that done, take a rice paper, and put it in the water until when bent it doesn't crack, or make sounds, but not too soft that it rips easily. Then put it on a cutting board, put on a small amount of spinach, carrots, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and basil. (try not to overfill it, or it will break and look messy) Then repeat with remaining ingredients.
Tada! (makes enough for two, or a moderate snack for four)

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