Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Recipe Time: Chilled Summer Rolls

When we went to Disney World we had something called "chilled summer rolls" (also called spring rolls) from a little food cart.  I'm not kidding when I say that Johnny and I still talk about them regularly.  Okay, well, we talk about food a lot around this house, but these made a lasting impression.  I finally mustered up the guts to try and create something similar with low expectations in case it didn't really work out.  It DID work out, though.  Amazingly!  Aaahhhh... we stuffed our bellies full of these suckers.  So, here you go, my recipe for chilled summer rolls:


Ingredient list:  rice paper wrappers, spicy peanut sauce (recipe below), fresh cilantro and mint, cabbage, carrots, sprouts, cucumber, and sweet chili sauce for dipping

Spicy Peanut Sauce:  1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup of hot water, 2-3 cloves minced garlic, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne powder, a few pinches of red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
**whisk these ingredients together in a bowl and warm to infuse flavors**

 Take your rice paper and soak in warm water for 10-20 seconds.  Don't leave it for too long or it will rip.

 Drain the paper and lay flat.  Add cabbage, sprouts, carrots, cucumber, cilantro, mint, and peanut sauce.  Don't over-stuff or you won't be able to close it!

 Fold the ends in, and then grab a remaining side and roll tightly.  Chill for about a 1/2 hour.  Serve with a side of sweet chili sauce.
 This is a vegetarian version because we don't eat much meat around this house, but you could easily add shrimp or chicken.  Don't be afraid to customize!  They are so quick and easy to make.  :) 

Enjoy!  xoxo Katie

28 comments:

  1. i've had these before! SO GOOD! around here at least, they are called spring rolls. I love them with shrimp the best :) gonna try out your recipe for sure!

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  2. Looks so yummy! I want to try these this summer :)

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  3. I love spring rolls in the summertime..

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  4. Ooh I love these with shrimp! I've never tried making them though. You make them look so easy!

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  5. these look SO GOOD. such a fresh, healthy option for a snack. i want one right now.

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  6. looks very easy to make, :D thanks for sharing

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  7. I don't like store-bought spring rolls, but these homemade ones look delicious!

    -Lindsey
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  8. They look yummy. I'll have to hunt out some rice paper wrappers though as don't think I've came across them before in the supermarket.Rx

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  9. I've wanted to try something like this for so long, but I haven't been able to find rice paper :(

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  10. these are SOO yummy! so perfect for spring! :D

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  11. Awesome! I need to try this. I've had something similar before and loved it! Thanks for the recipe and how-to!

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  12. Oh boy, this looks so delicious. I am going to bookmark it now and make this really, really soon. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Matt and I have been experimenting with spring rolls this spring as well. We love them from our local thai restaurant but wanted to be able to make them at home. It was my first time using the rice paper and it was fun. I like how you added the peanut sauce inside, I'm gonna have to try this.

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  14. My family makes these all the time! So easy and so delicious. We make ours with rice noodles, sausage and fresh spinach nearly every time, but these look super good! I'm going to have to try making them with peanut sauce.

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  15. i love these with thai basil + mint & shrimp! so refreshing! i used to make them for my lunches a lot!

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  16. This is great! I've been meaning to try and make something with rice paper wrappers for ages, and this seems like a great recipe to start with! Looks delish!xo

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  17. Yummy! What is that dipping sauce you have pictured?

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  18. EEE! i need to try this, i love spring rolls!

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  19. Mmmm I make these sometimes. It's like a more fun way to eat a salad! :) So fast and so filling too.
    I love putting cucumber sticks in mine too, ads a nice texture. Whatever fresh stuff you have works great!
    Peanut sauce is magical, magical stuff.

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  20. These look so delicious! Thank you for sharing, Katie.

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  22. Yummy! I'll definitely have to try this one!
    xo Heather
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  23. Here in Australia we simply call them 'rice paper rolls' and they're a starter at most Asian restaurants. I always think that it's the mint that makes them so good. A small gathering of super thin rice noodles inside is good with shrimp, cucumber and sprouts...with satay sauce. OMG, yum!!!

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  24. Last night i was sick as a dog with the flu, feeling sorry for myself because I was starving and NOTHING sounded good to me....and then I read your post and I NEEDED those spring rolls! So today, when I regained a bit of strength, I went out and bought all the ingredients and made them (I'm eating them right now) and they are AMAZING! And very simple to make! Thank you!

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  25. ooo these look and sound fantasticly yummy


    grace
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  26. aw, my comfort food! i've always thought about posting my recipe for these! they are the perfect summertime snack! or anytime snack, really. :)

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  27. it looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to surprise my friends with it next time They come visiting!

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  28. This looks so delicious. I love the all the colorful spices. There is a spice shop near my home. I'm going to try this tomorrow.
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