Feb 15, 2012

Do it yourself rice paper rolls

Last week I posted about midweek dinners and how my enthusiasm for cooking wanes somewhat come the middle of the week when the demands of the day to day start to pile up. I vowed to do a series of mid week meal posts in an attempt to get cooking mid week and not resort to toast. These meals had to be ready in around 30 minutes and use only readily available ingredients.

I was discussing this idea with my long time friend Ms Lazy Foodie recently and she suggested we get together and make some rice paper rolls...what could be easier than rolling a few fresh ingredients in rice paper she asked? I had to agree.

Ms Lazy Foodie made the drive out to The Shady Pine armed with a whole bunch of ingredients and we set about making these. In her goodie basket was a rotisserie chicken, fresh herbs, vegetables, a not too ripe mango and a killer salmon xo sauce.

For an extra element of laziness (see a common theme here?), we decided to prepare all the filling ingredients and the dipping sauce and serve it at the table so each person could make their own rolls. We even put out a large bowl of warm water for soaking the rice paper sheets. Too easy! It was a great way to get involved and share the food without a lot of fuss and preparation. We all thoroughly enjoyed these rice paper rolls and had a fun time making them at the dinner table.
Chicken and mango rice paper rolls
Serves 4

1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
20 small rice paper sheets
4 spring onions (green part only), cut into approx. 4cm batons
1 large carrot, cut into approx. 4cm batons
1 cucumber, cut into approx 4cm batons
½ cup coriander leaves
½ cup mint leaves
1 mango, cut into slithers
Salmon XO sauce (optional)

Dipping sauce:
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs soy sauce
½ long red chilli, finely sliced

1. Place all ingredients on a serving platter
2. For the dipping sauce, combine sauce all ingredients and mix well ensuring that the sugar is fully dissolved.
3. To assemble the rice paper rolls, dip a sheet of the rice paper into a bowl of warm water for about 20 seconds. Drip all water off the rice paper and place it on a flat plate or board. Arrange each of the filling ingredients and roll.


marthameetslucy said...

I love spring rolls, but after having to roll several hundred when I worked in catering, I can't seem to bring myself to make them again. And I'm kind of scared I lost my rolling skills.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I had some of these for breakfast! They're such an interesting and easy way to eat salad too. Plus they're healthy which I need at the moment! :P

Martyna@WholesomeCook said...

I normally make them for everyone, but getting everybody to make their own is such a great idea! It makes the meal go longer, helps us eat slower and is easy on the cook! PS I also use fresh herbs in mine, and I make little egg omelette pancakes to stuff in. Yum!

yummychunklet said...

Love it. These look great!

AikoVenus said...

These look so delicious! ^^

Tim @ Chicken and Apples said...

Those look very pretty. I love the idea of having people roll their own at the table. It makes dinner fun for them and easy for the cook. ;)

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

Yum! Your rice paper rolls look fantastic!! I LOVE rice paper rolls, but I've not made them in a long time. Thanks for the reminder!

hotly Spiced said...

Chicken and Mango! I haven't had those flavours in rice paper rolls before. They look delicious and what a great and healthy snack/meal.

Jacquelyn said...

These look delish and so much fun to make. My kids would definitely have fun making and eating these.