Dec 29, 2011

veggie spring rolls

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After the mass amounts of cookies, goodies, and not-so-healthy foods the past holiday week, I decided to make something much lighter...veggie spring rolls!  They're a favorite for my husband and me, and they're really easy to make.

I made these spring rolls for my family.  I didn't read the fillo dough instructions beforehand.  They need to be defrosted in order to roll them out and not end up with a crumbly mess.  Needless to say, we had a crumbly mess.  We set the fillo on top of the preheating oven and salvaged the crumbly mess.  Life lesson of the the recipe all the way through before starting.

Despite the pretty pictures, the first 2 layers of these beautiful rolls were actually a crumbly mess.  Second life lesson of the cooking, always pretend that your final product was meant to turn out that way (no matter how it actually turned out in the end).

So, read through these instructions, make the delicious spring rolls, and pretend that they were meant to look however they look.  I promise they'll be a hit no matter what.  They were at my house.

Veggie Spring Rolls

Ingredients (these are suggestions, not requirements; feel free to adjust these as you'd like):

-4 tbsp soy sauce, plus more for serving
-a chookie chookie (1/4-1/2 tsp) ginger
-1 tsp brown sugar
-4 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 c cooked rice noodles (found in the Asian aisle)
-2 green onions, minced
-3 c shredded cabbage and carrots (I bought mine as a pre-cut coleslaw mix)
-1 red pepper, julienned
-1 green pepper, julienned
-1 can bean sprouts (also in the Asian aisle)
-1 pack fillo dough, defrosted
-vegetable oil

Be sure your fillo dough is defrosted before beginning (believe me!).  Combine all of the ingredients (minus Fillo dough and oil).  Cut fillo dough in half, so that you have 2 stacks of square dough pieces.  Fill 3-4 layers of fillo dough with filling.  Fold the dough in at the ends and roll (like a little vegetarian, Asian burrito).  Use an extra layer of fillo dough if filling starts to break through.  Brush rolls lightly with vegetable oil.  Place rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, open end down.  Bake rolls 5-10 minutes at 350 degreees, turn them over and bake another 5-10 minutes, until they are starting to brown.  Serve with soy sauce and rice.

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