Everybody loves spring rolls – they’re fresh, simple, and so flavorful! And they’re perfect for entertaining…everyone can roll their own for a little interactive dining. We had my husband’s business partner and his wife over this past week who have 3 children…3 years, 6 years and just 6 months. Needless to say, the youngest didn’t participate in the fun, but the other two kids had a blast soaking the wrappers in warm water to soften them, adding ingredients of their choice, and then rolling them up like a mini-burrito and dipping them in yummy sauce.
I cut peeled, seeded cucumber and scallions into thin strips about 2″ long, piled some butter lettuce leaves, cilantro sprigs and mint leaves on a plate – decoratively, of course! Then I sauteed some ginger in olive oil in a skillet, added a pound of shelled and deveined shrimp that I cut in half lengthwise, and about 1/4 cup cilantro. I cooked the shrimp until cooked through and the halves curled, aobut 3-4 miutes. I added those to the now beautiful plate of options.
For a dipping suace, I kept it very simple – about 1/4 cup of fish sauce (nam pla), a tsp of sugar, 2 chopped scallions, 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes, and a healthy squeeze of lime juice.
I put out a shallow dish of warm water, the wrappers, the plate of goodies, and the dipping suace (with plenty of cocktail napkins), and let people dive in! The 3-year old said he loved shrimp for the first time, and both kids really enjoyed the whole thing. For that matter, we all did.