Shrimp Spring Rolls

8 round rice paper wrappers (8″ in diameter)
cilantro leaves, cut from stem
3 oz. thin rice noodles (rice vermicelli)
8 oz. cooked large shrimp, halved lengthwise
2 carrots, peeled and grated on the large holes of a grater
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
1 English cucumber, cut into very thin strips about 2″ long
Red leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce

Bring water to a boil in a medium pot and add rice vermicelli. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes just until noodles are tender but not mushy.  Drain and rinse under cold water until cool, then drain again and place in a bowl.

Lay a clean kitchen towel on the counter; fill a pie plate with very warm water. Working one at a time, immerse rice papers into water and allow to soften for between 5 and 10 seconds. Papers will not be completely soft but that’s OK. Place rice paper on towel.

Place cilantro leaves down center of paper leaving a 1/2″ space on each side, then add a small amount of shredded carrot, jalapeno, cucumber strips, a torn piece of lettuce and about 2T. of noodles. Top with shrimp. Fold the top nearest you over the ingredients, then fold in the sides. Finally, roll up to form a tight cylinder. Place under a damp towel to keep from drying out.

Peanut Sauce

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (found in Asian aisle of supermarket)
1/4 to 1/2 cup warm water
Red Chili Sauce (Sriracha, also found on Asian aisle. It comes in a plastic bottle with a green spout and a rooster on the front)

Place peanut butter and hoisin sauce in a small bowl. Slowly add warm water and gently whisk to thoroughly combine. Add Sriracha to taste. It’s spicy stuff, so be careful to add a little and then taste. If you don’t have Sriracha, you can add crushed red pepper flakes.

Many Vietnamese recipes call for fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger, and/or soy sauce¬†in their sauce. But daughter Elizabeth wanted a pure, spicy/sweet peanut sauce, and this one did the trick. It was also very quick and easy to stir together. If you’re adventuresome, Google some other options.