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Spring Rolls

These light, uncooked rolls are the perfect start to any Asian meal.  They're very easy to make, and you can vary the filling ingredients to suit your taste--and your creativity!  Serve them with Peanut Sauce or any other Asian sauces.

  • 10 rice paper or spring roll wrappers (these are dried sheets made from rice, found in the noodle section of Asian markets)

  • lettuce (softer lettuces, such as baby greens, work best)

  • baked tofu, sliced into long strips about 1/4 inch wide

  • shredded carrots

  • mung bean sprouts

  • fresh basil and/or mint leaves

  • pickled ginger slices (optional)

  • lime (optional)

Prepare a bowl of warm water large enough to dip the spring roll wrappers. 

Place 2 wrappers into the water.  Wait a minute or two until they are soft, and then remove them to a clean towel, being careful not to tear the wrapper.  Place one wrapper on a plate or other work surface.

Put a little of each filling just below the center of the wrapper (about 1/4 cup total). Squeeze a little lime juice over filling, if desired.   Fold the bottom of the wrapper up over the filling, then fold each side toward the center. 

Roll from the bottom to the top of each roll, as tightly as you can without ripping the wrapper. If you do rip it, wrap another wrapper around the whole thing when you roll the next batch.  (Small rips should not cause any problems; just keep rolling.)

Start soaking two more wrappers as you begin work on the second roll.  Repeat until completed, covering the finished rolls with a moist towel to prevent drying out.  Serve at once with dipping sauce of choice.