This past weekend, I went to a sushi place with a friend where you fill out one of those little paper sheets… I bubbled the wrong one and I didn’t get to eat what I wanted! Which concerns me because I really wanted a cucumber roll and because I just finished a bubble-in bar exam…
Regardless, I had vegetable rolls on the brain so I whipped these up. I had a stroke of genius when I saw the bright red poaching liquid, and steeped my rice paper in the colored water to get these beautiful hot pink wrapped summer rolls. I experimented by brushing them wrappers with the poaching liquid instead of steeping them. The difference is the intensity of the color of the wrapper. If you prefer the darker wrapper, steep the wrappers.
I imagine that making these in all sorts of different colors for a themed party would be fun, or perhaps if you have children making these brightly colored rolls together might encourage them to consume more vegetables.
Party, children, or not… these are delicious and packed with fresh vegetables to get you ramped up for the spring!
Hot Pink Vegetable Summer Rolls (Kaprise Kitchen)
- 1 pound of beets
- 7 carrots
- 4 kirby cucumbers
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 bunch of mint
- 1/2 pound of mung bean sprouts
- rice paper wrappers
- Wash, peel, and quarter the beets. In a saucepan, cover the beets with water and boil with a pinch of salt for 30 minutes, or until tender.
- While your beets boil, wash all of your vegetables and let them drain on a paper towel covered baking sheet (or clean dish towel, if you are more environmentally friendly than I).
- Cut the cucumber and carrots into batonnets
- Once the beets have been boiled and cooled a bit, also cut those into batonnets, reserving the boiling liquid.
- In a large bowl, pour the warm beet liquid (or simply warm water for non-colored summer rolls). Make sure your water isn’t too hot or the wrappers will get too soft and rip.
- Gently dip the wrappers into the water, making sure to coat both sides with the water. The wrapper should absorb some water, but still be firm. The wrapper will continue to absorb water as you work, and soften. Remember, you can always dab a little more water if your wrapper is too sticky or too firm.
- Place the wrapper on a cutting board (or smooth surface), add filling, roll… and enjoy!!