Homemade summer rolls (with this sauce) have become my favorite menu items. I've taught so many people how to make these delicacies and they are just as addicted as I am. We've gotten to the point of having "Summer Roll Parties". These little rolls of joy are that contagious. Prepare yourself.
- - THE SAUCE - -
It's best to start with the sauce so that you have time to let it cool while you make your summer rolls. This sauce makes the meal, so don't skip this essential part!
- - THE ROLLS - -
You can honestly fill these rolls with whatever you want. I've even made them with rice & beans! (SO good, by the way.) To find your ingredients like rice paper and bean threads, I suggest finding your closest Asian grocery store. You can sometimes find these items in a more traditional grocery store, but they will likely raise the prices since these ingredients are more rare.
1. Prepare your summer roll fillings. Wash & cut veggies. Crush Peanuts. Cook & cool bean threads (or rice noodles).
2. Make two prepping stations: a soaking station & a rolling station. Create a soaking station in the sink by taking a plate and filling it with lukewarm water. For the rolling station, have a plate or flat surface near the fillings so that you can have an area to prepare the rolls. When your stations are ready, take out your rice paper and soak one sheet of rice paper at the "soaking station" for 10 seconds - it may be best to leave water running slowly as you do this. The rice paper will get soft very quickly, so make sure you don't leave it in too long. You want the paper to be soft, but a little bit firm. When the paper is ready, move it over the rolling station!
3. Begin filling your rolls with anything you want! I like to stack everything up on one half of the rice paper so that when you're ready to roll it up, it's in the shape you want it to be in.
4. Roll it up! Most people say that you roll this up like you would a burrito, but really, you do whatever it takes! I like to start with the bottom, then the two sides, and then I pull the filling towards me as I roll it up. Let's hope the pictures explain this process a little bit better than I can with words!
5. Grab your homemade sauce that has been cooled, poured into a small dish and topped with crushed peanuts and ENJOY! You will be addicted. No joke.
I hope you love these summer rolls as much as I do! Feel free to leave a comment below with any questions, suggestions, or any other tidbit you'd like to share!
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In honor of this new challenge, I wanted to share a video that I just can't get enough of. This was floating around Facebook quite a bit last year. I even shared it with my students last year to give them a little inspiration. They loved it! This kid is adorable and AWESOME and you can't help but smile when you watch this video.
The Colorful World Series pulls colors from beautiful photos and inspiration in our everyday lives.
Consider it nature's color palette.
- - La Ciénaga de Ocumare, Venezuela - -
I LOVE to travel. I was blessed this summer to be able to take a 6 week trip with my boyfriend to Venezuela. We spent time in Caracas, Maracaibo, Maracay, Cuyagua, Puerto Ordáz, Santa Elena, La Gran Sabana, among other beautiful places. This photo is from one of the most beautiful places I've been to: La Ciénaga de Ocumare. We had to take a little boat (called a lancha) across the ocean to make it to this secluded pocket of paradise. We went snorkeling and kayaking and waded through the crystal-clear water. If you ever get a chance to go to Venezuela, GO! The food, the culture, the natural beauty is something that will change your life.