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Vietnamese Spring Roll Wrappers - Gluten Free!


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#1 lucia

 
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:46 AM

I just discovered Vietnamese spring roll wrappers for sale at the Asian Market. What a nice addition to my cooking repertoire. They're gluten-free, made of just tapioca starch, rice flour, salt and water. And they are so easy to use - and satisfy my longings for dumplings! So far, I've filled them with peanut-butter marinated tofu, hijiki & grated carrot, and garlic/soy sauce, sauteed green beans, but they could take anything you could dream up.

This video was helpful for figuring out how to get everything in there and sealed up:


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Posted 12 August 2011 - 10:51 AM

I didn't know the about the rough and smooth side of the wrap. Cool. I've made these a lot. Can be filled with salad too.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:39 AM

I've never had spring rolls, or rice wraps, but we used to make egg rolls and I really miss them.
I want to give this a try! Thanks for posting.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 11:50 AM

I make spring rolls quite often when I want a portable cold lunch. I usually just fill them with leftover stirfry with some raw carrot shreds or cabbage for crunch. I've tried making egg rolls a few different way--both brushing with oil and bakign and frying in oil. The frying in oil ones fell apart and didn't really work for me. The oven worked but it took a LONG tiem to get crunchy outsides. I didn't really care for the texture of the rice paper wrapper when it got crunchy. Even though you can get really close to an eggroll by using eggroll filling and probably satify the eggroll craving, it's not quite the same as an egg roll. One of these days I'm going to try making my own gluten-free eggroll wrappers, but I'm just too lazy and would rather make spring rolls. :lol:
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 12:25 PM

I use these often, mostly with a rice and salmon filling and make up a teriyaki dip to go along. Sometimes I spray a frying pan with some butter flavored Crisco and fry them until they are crispy, other times I eat them fresh. If there are leftovers the next day, I usually fry them. They are delicious and look great. I use them as a meal or when we have company over. No one knows they are completely gluten and dairy free.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:41 PM

Thanks for sharing! I've been meaning to buy some of those wrappers. I love cooked shrimp with mung bean sprouts. The U Tube link was helpful, thanks again.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 01:54 PM

Thanks for sharing! I've been meaning to buy some of those wrappers. I love cooked shrimp with mung bean sprouts. The U Tube link was helpful, thanks again.


I make these all the time! I use chopped romaine, shredded lettuce, combo of mint/basil/cilantro, shredded carrot, cooked shrimp, and fine rice noodles. Google for a good dipping sauce. Leftovers make a great lunch....and breakfast. We gluten free people are known to have some very interesting things for breakfast as evident on another thread currently running....
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 02:15 PM

Here, too, with vermicelli or cellophane noodles, Thai basil or fresh mint, fresh lime juice, shrimp and/or squid or chicken (that have been marinated), julienned carrots, lemongrass, grated fresh ginger, roasted peanuts, fresh Thai chile, garlic, fish sauce, perhaps a touch of Sriracha, nori and numerous dips/sauces/vinaigrettes. If not peanuts, roasted sesame seeds.
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Posted 12 August 2011 - 06:07 PM

Wow - thanks for all the ideas! I'm definitely going to try baking my spring rolls. I've been missing dumplings sooooo much, and this discovery is going to fill that void in my life.

I experimented tonight with dessert: spring roll wrappers filled with ripe apricot & basil with lime juice, drizzled with agave syrup (honey is another option). It worked for me, and was super easy.
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:25 PM

I love these! I have fried them and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar to make sopapillas, made individual spanakopita, and pretty much anything else that needs phylo dough including Bakalava!!!
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:35 PM

They make great vehicles for appetizers such as little cups for savoury fillings (i.e. goat cheese mousse) or as crackers with hummus or roasted red pepper and walnut dip. Also yummy sprinkled with sumac, black and white sesame seeds, thyme, poppyseeds...
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 07:08 PM

Don't the rice wrappers become really hard after they are baked, such as for spinach pie or baklava? Tell me more...I love these foods and would love to know the technique.
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 07:54 AM

Don't the rice wrappers become really hard after they are baked, such as for spinach pie or baklava? Tell me more...I love these foods and would love to know the technique.




You don't have to bake them long because they are not raw dough. Just heat them through, if they become too hard for your taste wrap or drape a wet paper towel over the food and microwave for 20 seconds. This will help soften the rice papers back to be edible.
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 07:38 PM

mmmm, these all sound like great ideas!!!
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:24 AM

Kiwi strawberry spring rolls with a vanilla honey dipping sauce:

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So easy & summery!
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