Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

by Jenn on October 23, 2009

in Budget,Dairy Free,Dips and Sauces,Gluten Free,Seafood

These were totally a spur of the moment dish that I made this afternoon – ever since purchasing rice paper spring roll wrappers for last month’s Daring Cook’s Challenge (my Fried Apple Cheesecake Pillows), I’ve been trying to come up with what to do with the rest of these wrappers.  Then, it hit me – well of course, why not use them for what they were originally intended?  And so today, I decided to have a go at making spring rolls.  Besides, it’s cold and wintery outside, and anything with the word “spring” in it would brighten me up and make me feel a bit warmer, even though this dish is served cold, haha.  My husband and I really enjoyed this lunch – err….early supper?   It was about 3 pm before we even figured out we were hungry…

Being that I didn’t really plan for this, I didn’t get a chance to go to my natural foods store to get things like mung beans, and so had to do with what I had on hand for ingredients.  This means that the recipe is not authentic at all, but it may mean that it’s easier to throw together  because the ingredients are easy to store.  A couple of things that I do that worked well here – when I buy fresh herbs, if I’m not going to use them all, I throw them into the freezer.  If they are going to go in something where they are going inside the dish (i.e. are not a garnish), frozen herbs seem to work really well.  And then you don’t waste money by throwing out herbs you spent good $$ on.  I had fresh cilantro on hand (because we ALWAYS have cilantro around, it gets used almost every day), but I used mint and chives from my freezer.  The chives I did use as a garnish, but because they had been frozen, they were really soft green ribbons that made it quite manageable to wrap around these rolls.

So, in summary – Money Saving Tip – Don’t toss your leftover fresh herbs – if you aren’t going to use them up in time, freeze them!

As far as rolling these spring rolls, I really had no idea.  So I just kinda folded them like a burrito.  However, it seemed to work.  If anyone can point me in the direction of a site with good directions on how to roll spring rolls, I’d really like to know!