My daughter is obsessed with little things - little toys, little figures, she’s not picky as long as it’s little.  I swear she gets that from me because when it comes to food I love little bites of things - hors d’oeuvres are so my thing!  These little rolls are so easy to make and are great as a lunch, snack or as the perfect plate of appetizers for a potluck.  Pair them with a side of savory peanut dipping sauce (recipe here) and you have a fantastic flavor combination!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 spring roll skins or rice paper wrappers (these can be found at your local Asian market or in the Asian foods section of your local grocery store)
  • 1 medium carrot (julienned in about 2 inch strips)
  • 1 cucumber (julienned in about 2 inch strips)
  • 1 avocado (sliced into thin 2 inch strips)
  • purple cabbage (leaves cut and trimmed of veins)
  • leaf lettuce (leaves cut from base)
  • savory peanut dipping sauce (recipe here)
  • bamboo rolling mat (optional)

Preparation:

  1. In a shallow dish (big enough to place a sheet of the rice paper) heat about 1 inch of water.  Water should be hot to the touch.
  2. Submerge a single sheet of rice paper for about 3-4 seconds.  Paper should be flimsy and soft but not falling apart.

    Ingredients on bamboo mat

  3. Place soaked rice paper on bamboo rolling mat or a damp towel.  Next layer on your ingredients starting with the leaf lettuce, cabbage, avocado, carrot and then cucumber.

    Start of roll

  4. If using the bamboo rolling mat, start by flipping the top over just a few inches and then continue to roll the mat forward - make sure to press somewhat firmly to get a tight roll.  If using a damp towel then you will want to roll the top of the paper forward while holding the ingredients towards the middle of the roll.

    Middle of roll

    Continue rolling forward while you press the ingredients inwards.  This step takes some practice but it’s so worth a few tries when you sample the end product!

    End of roll

  5. Once your roll is complete cut into 1 inch pieces and serve with some savory peanut dipping sauce!

Nutritional Info:

Makes 24 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 15, Cal. from Fat:  7, Total Fat: >1g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: >1g, Fiber: .5g, Sugars: 0g, Protein: 0g, Sodium: 4mg, Chol: 0mg

Notes:

You can change up the ingredients to suit your taste.  I like using left over brown rice or quinoa as a base inside the rice paper and layering with carrots, cucumber, chicken and avocado.  YUM!  If you are struggling with trying to roll your sushi click here for a video on the technique - it’s slightly different then how I roll mine but it works the same!

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