Sunday, February 05, 2006

Fried Virtue

Patience is a virtue. So is holding your tongue before you speak. And maybe you shouldn't make a hat that says 'Seahawks Champs' well before the Super Bowl. A bit presumptuous, aren't we?

Well, even though our Hawks didn't win, the good food was there to lift our spirits a bit.

Spring Roll

Tangy Spring Rolls

1 1/2 cups peanut oil
25 Spring Roll Skins
1/2 head of napa cabbage, coarsely chopped
1/2 bunch spinach, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
4 cups bean sprouts
6 green onion stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup peanuts, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
3 Tbs. sesame oil
1 egg, beaten

Sweet Red Chili sauce (Thai Kitchen brand)

1. Mix all of the veggies in a large bowl. Add the ginger, peanuts, vinegar, and sesame oil and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or up to 8 hours.
2. Fill a large bowl with water for dipping the skins into. Prepare a clean work surface for wrapping the rolls. Prepare egg wash in a small ramekin along with a brush.
3. Immerse the skins in water for a few seconds. Lay on work surface, place about 1 1/2 Tbs. of the vegetable mixture near the edge of the wrap. Tightly roll and fold sides in. Brush egg wash on the tips to secure wrap.
4. Get angry because it's not rolling properly and they keep falling apart and they look stupid. Throw a dish towel. Pick it up. Apologize to your hubby for yelling at him. Proceed to step 5.
5. Heat oil on med/high heat in a medium sized pan. Place rolls in for 3-5 minutes, turn once. Set on a napkin to absorb excess oil.
6. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Monkey Notes:
The fun thing about these rolls is how much flexibility they offer. You could throw almost any sort of veggie inside, and it will taste great. If frying isn't your thing, you can eat these rolls raw, steam, or bake them in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Get creative. Just don't let them frustrate you.
It took about 7 tries before my rolls looked edible. Treat them nicely, and they'll return the favor. Like I said, patience is a virtue.


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