|Fresh Spring Rolls with Roasted Spaghetti Squash|
Fresh spring rolls are usually made with chopped cabbage, rice noodles, and perhaps some carrots and shrimp. To be totally honest, if we're eating out I usually find them a bit boring and opt for something fried and crispy. However, Matt made a fabulous variation of this classic buy using freshly roasted spaghetti squash in place of the rice thread noodles or "cellophane noodles'. They were delicious. The carrots, bok choy, fresh Thai basil, and fresh banana and red pepper all added flavor and a nice crispness to each bite.
All the vegetables were cut into sticks or thinly sliced longways. The small squash was cut in half and roasted on a cookie sheet. After using a fork to pull the roasted squash out into threads Matt seasoned the squash with a little red curry paste, salt, and pepper. The flavor of the roasted squash and red curry is fantastic with the raw freshness of the other ingredients. Go easy on the red curry paste if your not used to working with this spicy seasoning. Try adding a tiny amount and tasting as you go .
|One small Spaghetti squash was used, with one large carrot, some bok choy, fresh basil, and red pepper slices.|
Packaged spring roll wrappers are made of rice flower, tapioca, and salt. They are brittle and each one must be set in a shallow pan of luke warm water for about two minutes so you can work with them. Working with the wrappers can take a little practice. (You can find how-to videos on-line.) The package said to soak for 5 minutes, but we found them tender and workable in just two. Any longer and they tear too easily. The sauce is quick. The biggest prep time factor is the veggies. It took Matt about 30minutes.
Matt's Spring Roll Sauce
Matt usually eyeballs the ingredients and then adjust to taste so this is his best approximation.
In a sauce pan on the stove add...
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 cup sugar
Stir together and bring to a boil.
Turn off immediately and then add..
couple shakes of chili pepper flakes
crushed up peanuts to taste.
|Ultimately we ate these tender treats with a Twin Oaks tofu stir-fry.... . but that's a post for another day-|
Try your hand at making these spring rolls. It can be fun, like making sushi rolls. Spaghetti squash is available now at local farmers markets, as are bok choy and basil. Enjoy!