This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.
This is a low sodium recipe.
GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check to make sure the rice noodles are certified gluten-free. Ka-me brand is not, but Mrs. Chun's and A Taste of Thai is.
"He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician."
- Chinese proverb
These go by a lot of names: summer rolls, basil rolls, Vietnamese rolls, Thai basil rolls... and I have even seen them on menus as spring rolls (not deep fried).
There are endless varieties and you don't have to be restricted by this recipe. You can use pork instead of shrimp or shrimp and pork. Cilantro along with the basil or with some mint is great. Thinly sliced cucumber instead of the carrot or along with it is a good idea. Red cabbage maybe?
The key is to plan carefully so that you don't over fill the rolls.
This is also known in America as Chinese cabbage but goes under many other names. The variety Brassica rapa (Pekinensis) is also called celery cabbage, wong bok, da bai cai, celery cabbage or Peking cabbage (to name just a few). It is sometimes incorrectly labeled Bok Choy (a related cabbage).
Napa cabbage has a tight, compact head with thin yellow green leaves that are fluffy and crinkled at the tips. The spine of the leaves are white and crispy. The flavor of napa cabbage is mild, without the bitterness of common white cabbage.
The head is about ten to twelve inches long and heads usually weigh between 1 1/2 and 3 lbs. As with lettuces, look for outer leaves that are not wilted and have a soft yellow green color. If the cabbage is browned or if there are small black/brown spots on the spines, don't buy it.
A similar elongated variety, the Michihli cabbage, is about 18 inches long and torpedo shaped, but similar enough to substitute in any recipe.
4 ounces napa cabbage = 18 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0 mono fat, 1g protein, 4g carbohydrates, 10mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol
Servings = 2 | Serving size =3 rolls
Cooking Time = 45 Minutes
This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Summer rolls are best fresh, but if you just can't finish three rolls (they are VERY filling), you can keep them overnight (great for breakfast!). Moisten your hands with peanut oil, rub the oil lightly over the outside of the roll, and loosely wrap each roll individually in waxed paper. The peanut oil will help keep the rice paper from sticking to the wax paper. Place the wrapped rolls in a zipper bag and refrigerate.
Serve with Thai Peanut Sauce
|6 quarts||water (divided)|
|8 ounces||shrimp (peeled and deveined)|
|4 ounces||cellophane rice noodles (sometimes called vermicelli noodles or maifun noodles)|
|6||rice paper wrappers|
|1 large||carrot (peeled and shredded)|
|18 large||leaves fresh basil (chiffonade)|
|4 large||leaves Napa cabbage (thinly sliced crosswise)|
|fresh ground black pepper (to taste)|
Place 1 quart water in a large bowl with lots of ice.
Place 3 quarts water in a large sauce pan over high heat.
When the water is almost boiling, add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes.
Remove the shrimp to the ice water for 2 minutes, then place the shrimp on a paper towel to drain.
When cool, slice each shrimp in half lengthwise.
Add the cellophane noodles to the hot water and cook for two minutes.
Remove the cooked noodles to the ice water for 2 minutes, then put in a strainer to drain.
Replace the ice water with warm water from the tap (about 95°F). (Cold or lukewarm water will not soften the rice paper wrappers as well as the warm water.)
Dip one of the rice paper wrappers in the warm water for about 10 seconds. The wrapper will soften as you hold it under the water.
When it is soft but still has some slight firmness place it on a plate.
Sprinkle 1/6 of the carrot randomly over the wrapper.
Sprinkle 1/6 of the basil randomly over the wrapper.
Place 1/6 of the shrimp in a line about 1/3 of the distance from the base of the circle of the wrapper.
Top with 1/6 of the noodles also in a line.
Sprinkle 1/6 of the salt over the top of the noodles.
Add black pepper to taste.
Top with 1/6 of the thinly sliced cabbage in a line.
Holding the bottom of the wrapper gently fold it over the top of the cabbage. Stretch the wrapper slightly and press down.
Fold the outside edges of the wrapper inward (as if making a burrito) and then begin rolling as if rolling up a paper tube.
Apply gentle pressure as you roll to keep the summer roll tight.
When the roll is complete, place on a plate lined with wax paper.
Repeat for the other 5 rolls.
Serving size = 3 rolls
Servings = 2
Amount Per Serving
|Calories 475||Calories from Fat 26|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 2g||4%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0g|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrates 68g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||19%|
|Vitamin A 606%||Vitamin C 134%|
|Calcium 25%||Iron 28%|
|Vitamin K 176 mcg||Potassium 1089 mg|
|Magnesium 102 mg|