Last weekend our neighbors invited us over for a dinner party. We spent the evening enjoying the food and the company of a few neighboring families. It was good fun. We got to learn more about the people we have lived next door to for years!
The family that hosted the dinner are from Vietnam and they treated us by cooking traditional foods from their culture. We tried many new dishes including pho and Vietnamese spring rolls! The food kept coming and coming all night! They were very accommodating and we definitely did not leave hungry!
A couple of the dishes served had shrimp in it. I got a new perspective of ways to include shrimp in meals. One of my new favorite ways to prepare shrimp is by making Vietnamese spring rolls. They are fresh, quick and easy to prepare!
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Recipe for Spring Rolls Dipping Sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Mash minced garlic and minced jalapeo together with mortar and pestle. Mix in sugar. Then mix in fish sauce, lime juice and vinegar. Let stand for at least 30 minutes.
Recipe for rice paper rolls
- 8 oz. of Gortons Classic Grilled Shrimp
- 1/2 cucumber, (matchstick-size strips)
- 1 cup carrot, (matchstick-size strips or grated)
- 1 cups bean sprouts
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 6 lettuce leaves, romaine or iceberg, (shredded)
- 10-12 (8-9 inch rounds) rice paper sheets
Cook shrimp as directed on Gortons box and cut the shrimp in half. Set aside. Wet rice paper to soften. Layer on the lettuce, herbs, sprouts, cucumbers, carrots in a line on the rice paper leaving 1 inch borders on each end . Then top it off with the halved shrimp pieces. Fold in the ends and roll it up in a tight cylinder. Repeat with remaining paper, cut each diagonally and arrange on platter with dipping sauce!
Total Preparation Time: 30 min.
Serving: Approx. 12 rolls
Notes: Yum! The ingredients of mint, basil, cilantro, spicy chives, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, bean sprouts, and shrimp so fresh! These spring roll were so different than all of the other (typically fried) spring rolls Ive had. It is great for lunches or snacks. You can choose to eat it with the dipping sauce or not!
This recipe can be made using one of my favorite pre-cooked shrimp, Gortons Classic Grilled shrimp! Gortons shrimp is tender, delicious and best of all you dont need to take off the head or anything! Its pre cooked too! Gortons shrimp comes in a number of different varieties including breaded, sauted, etc. I have tired them all, but prefer the plain shrimp for adding to meals such as soups, spring rolls and pasta dishes. Oh, and I should mention they are only 110 calories and 3g of fat!
I encourage you to Eat Seafood Twice a Week all year round and check out more from Gortons on their Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @gortonsseafood.
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