Its been a long, hot summer so far with no signs of it ending anytime soon. For a summertime meal that is light, flavourful but substantial too, summer rolls are a good choice.
You do need to buy a specialist ingredient to make these, but the rice wrappers are quite readily available in the supermarket, along with the rice noodles and on Amazon too.
Once you have your ingredients ready, they are quick and easy to make and no deep frying required like with spring rolls.
My family really enjoyed them and you can leave out the fresh herbs, if you want to serve them plain. The juicy prawns and fresh, crunchy vegetables are a nice alternative to a salad and just the thing for yet another hot day.
Is anyone else ready for Autumn, or just me!?
Vietnamese rice wrappers – available at most supermarkets or Amazon
Approx 100g vermicelli rice noodles
1 pack cold water prawns/shrimp
1 x red and yellow pepper
1 Romaine lettuce
Fresh coriander/cilantro and mint leaves
1 large lemon
Sweet chilli sauce to serve
This is mostly an assembly job and you need to have everything ready and to hand before you can make the rolls. My ingredients made 8 rolls, but you can easily scale this up for more people.
Start by preparing the rice noodles as per the packet and leaving to cool.
When they are ready, prep all the veggies by very thinly slicing the peppers and carrots into matchsticks. Thinly slice the avocado and toss in lemon juice so it doesn’t discolour. Tear the lettuce into large pieces.
Toss the prawns in lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.
In order to soften the rice wrappers, they need to be submerged into warm water. I used a shallow pan and gently heated the water, but you could just use warm tap water in a large enough dish. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the packet.
When you have everything ready, you need to work quickly.
Submerge the wrapper into the warm water and leave for around 10 seconds, it will quickly soften and become very pliable.
Place onto a board and stuff with a little of everything, taking care not to overstuff.
As you can see the ingredients through the wrappers, you can place the herbs on first so they can be seen. Some people get very artistic!
I used coriander for some and mint for the others as my husband loves mint, but isn’t a big fan of coriander (like me!)
I started with the herbs and lettuce then added the noodles, prawns, avocado, peppers and carrots. Place the sticks of vegetables all pointing the same way in the centre of the wrapper, fold over the sides and roll away from you like you would a burrito. Roll fairly tightly, but gently, folding in the ends as you get to the end of the roll. The ingredients will be fully enclosed in their see through parcel.
While assembling the rest, place the summer rolls seamside down onto your serving plate, keeping them separate as they will stick together if they are touching.
Carry on until you have used up all your ingredients, then cut in half diagonally and serve immediately.
Enjoy with a dipping sauce, either home made or a good one from the supermarket. I have used a sweet chilli one, but hoisin or a peanut sauce is really good too.
These make a really delicious and light summer lunch or supper and are really worth trying.