Tofu Spring Rolls
In an effort to pare down the contents of our kitchen cabinets, I was digging through the other day and rediscovered these:
I’ve had these spring roll wrappers that I bought in Chinatown for at least a couple years. I swear they don’t go stale! I love spring rolls, both eating them and making them. It’s one of my favorite no-cook meals to make, or as I like to say, “eat without the heat.” All you need to do is soak the rice paper wrappers in hot water and they instantly soften up (sometimes a little too soft) making them wrap-able like paper. Then you fill and roll them up with whatever filling you want! Knowing how thin and flimsy these are, I decided to double-wrap my spring rolls using two layers of the wrappers so there wouldn’t be any holes.
I used fresh mint, basil, shredded carrots, pea shoots (tasty substitute for sprouts), cucumber slices, and pieces of pre-marinated teriyaki tofu cut into strips. Just pile up on the double layer of wrappers and roll like a burrito. It can be a tad time consuming until you get the hang of it. I’d recommend setting up an assembly line of ingredients on your counter so you have everything ready to go. I wound up making 10 rolls so we’d have leftovers.
I also prepared a peanut dipping sauce with a random mix of soy sauce, peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, canola oil, lime juice, and red pepper flakes. I didn’t measure, just poured and scooped and it turned out pretty well! But if you don’t feel like making something, a bottled teriyaki sauce will work just fine.
And now for the ingredients and instructions.
rice paper wrappers
marinated tofu – you can buy this in the refrigerated produce section of the grocery store
seedless cucumbers, cut into thin strips
a bunch of fresh basil
a bunch of fresh mint (the essential ingredient!)
Boil water in a kettle or pot. Once it’s hot, pour about an inch of it in a pie plate. Place one wrapper at a time in the hot water only for a few seconds. You’ll see it start to “wilt;” take it out of the water, drip off the water, and lay it flat on a plate. It’s really fragile so be careful! Do the same with a second wrapper and layer it right on top of the first. Then pile on the toppings, fold over the sides, then roll it up like a burrito. That’s it! Think you’ll try these? Let me know if you do!