You’ve got to try this delicious and super simple Summer Rolls recipe (and you can make them vegan!)
Do you want to eat more veg? Or maybe you already eat a lot of veg and fancy a quick new recipe? Are you just plain fed up of lockdown and want to do something to keep your mind off it and take you back to simpler days? We’ve got you covered!
There is absolutely nothing like the crunch of a proper summer roll to banish the winter blues (we mean the light blue ones… if January has got you feeling really down don’t forget organisations like the Samaritans are always there to talk to).
These are a favourite of Head Chef Jazzi - for whipping up to take to parties (when we had parties!), or snacking on when she gets mid afternoon munchies. They’re also fantastic to make with kids to help teach them kitchen skills and choose what veg to pop in. You can create a beautiful Instaworthy meal within moments once you get the hang of slicing and dicing your favourite vegetables, saving you time whether you’re making a working lunch (whenever we’re actually allowed back to work…), or just feeling peckish. And for all our fabulous veggie and vegan friends out there - just swap out the prawns with the veg or even nut of your choice to make these totally vegan friendly. Voila!
Now, if you headed here from our Instagram you’ll know we’re not the biggest fans of January fads and ‘new year, new me’ diets. After a few Quality Streets at Christmas, and with the promise of warmer weather, of course a lot of us are thinking about what fancy things we can do with vegetables, but it doesn’t mean we have to restrict ourselves or feel guilty about enjoying food in January. Our Summer Roll recipe is going to be one of 9 recipes we share this January that are about enjoying a range of healthy and rounded meals that pair well with a pud or a glass of vino if that’s what you want to do. Keep an eye on out our Instagram and blog for the recipes!
So let’s get cooking!
Pro tip: Use this super simple recipe to create your own Summer Roll recipes. You can add any ingredient, from cashews to cold beef, avocado to rice, as long as the ingredients are cold.
100g Vermicelli Rice Noodles (these are the very fine, skinny noodles)
12 x 20cm round rice paper wrappers (available from many supermarkets or Asian food stores)
18 cooked prawns, halved (swap for tofu or more veg to make vegan)
1 carrot, cut into thin batons or grated
1 daikon, cut into thin batons or grated (this is a winter radish from Japan. Places like Riverford Kitchen often grow it, or you can substitute with regular red radish)
1 cucumber, cut into thin batons or grated
2-3 large iceberg lettuce leaves, thinly sliced
a handful of coriander
a handful of mint
chilli, beansprouts, thai basil are also all optional
1. Soak the rice noodles in a bowl of hot water for 15 mins, then drain well. Assemble all the prepared filling ingredients – once you start, you will need everything to hand.
2. When you are ready to make the rolls, dip one of the rice papers in a bowl of hot water, moving it around until the whole wrapper is soft – about 10-15 secs – then drain on a tea towel.
3. Place a rice paper wrapper on a board and at one edge of the wrapper, add a few mint leaves, then three prawn halves
4. Place some lettuce on top of the prawns, followed by some noodles, a few strips of carrot and cucumber, some more herbs and finally some daikon. Don’t overfill the pancakes or they will be hard to roll.
5. Lift the edge of the rice paper wrapper nearest to you over the filling and, holding the filling in position with your fingers, start rolling up tightly. Kids love this bit!
6. When you’re about halfway, fold the ends of the rice paper in and over the filling so that it is completely enclosed.
7. Keep on rolling tightly until the whole rice paper wrapper is rolled up. To serve, cut the rolls in half on the diagonal to show off their rainbow fillings
Once you’ve made Summer Rolls they’re bound to become a favourite in your household and an excellent way to get kids excited about vegetables. They look different, are fun to make, and when you use fresh veg the crunch is irresistible!
What do you love putting in Summer Rolls? Comment below or DM us on Instagram.