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Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce Recipe

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This recipe for Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce, by , is from Recipes Made With Love: Comforting for Generations, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

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Added: Friday, July 8, 2005

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
Rolls:
3 oz Vietnamese cellophane noodles, cooked according to package directions
2 cups bean sprouts
2 carrots, julienned
1 zucchini, julienned
1 squash, julienned
2 handfuls fresh cilantro, hand-torn
3/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
1 lime, juiced
Sea salt
20 (8-inch) round rice paper wrappers
40 mint leaves

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 lime, juiced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon red chili paste

Directions:
Directions:
Put the cellophane noodles, vegetables, cilantro and peanuts in a large bowl; toss with sesame oil and lime juice. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Pour 3 cups of hot, not boiling water in a large shallow bowl. One at a time, immerse the rice paper wrappers in the hot water for 10 seconds to soften, then place on a cookie sheet.

Note: The rice paper is very delicate, don't soak them any longer than 10 seconds or they will break apart.

To form the rolls, lay a rice paper wrapper on the cookie sheet. Spoon a small amount of the cellophane and vegetable mixture and lay it across the bottom third. Use less filling than you think you should, if you overstuff the wrapper it will tear. Carefully fold the bottom of the wrapper up to cover the filling. Fold in the left and right sides, then tuck and roll it over once. Lay 1 mint leaf on top, then tuck and roll it over to close the whole thing up like a tight cigar. The mint leaves should show through the transparent rice paper. Arrange the finished rolls on a platter and cover with a damp towel.

For the dipping sauce:
In a blender, puree the rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, hot water, sugar, lime juice, garlic, and chili paste until combined. Pour into a small bowl and serve with the summer rolls.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is a lot of work but they are light and delicious summer appetizers.

 

 

 

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