Weekends are never long enough. Especially when you are having fun family time with games, good food, and shopping. :)

So, as you may have guessed, we are back home. But luckily, I brought something new with me…a love for homemade spring rolls!

One of my favorite “things to do” when we travel down to Wichita is to hit up our favorite “food hot spots”.

Now, many of you have been to or lived in Wichita may be asking what I could be possibly talking about.

So, let me introduce you to the Wichita foodie circuit…

There are three great places to stock up on a few “kitchen” type needs. First, there are the oh-so-delicious confections from The Nifty Nut House, a giant candy store with reasonably priced candies and nuts. Second, a little place with a nice collection of rarer spices called The Spice Merchant. And third, a new addition to the foodie stop list – the downtown Asian Market!

We are now ready & stocked for any spring roll emergencies! One of my favorite things about spring rolls is that you can mix and match them any way you like. There are so many ways to make them!

Below I added the spring rolls we made and a few suggestions for other variations. So, experiment away…and let me know your favorite combination!

Mix n’ Match Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 8 (12-inch) rice paper wrappers

Mix n’ Match to make your own! (the first 6 ingredients are what we used)

  • 4 cups mixed spring greens
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 cup cucumbers, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 cup cabbage, diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced
  • 1 cup ground pork or sliced turkey, fully cooked
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp, tails removed
  • 1/4 cup sprouts
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts or sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1/2 cup soybeans
  • Other: Mint, cilantro, eggplant, beef…or just experiment!

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the vegetables and meats the way you wish and set them aside until ready to use.
  2. For example, we made 2 versions of the spring rolls: one with ground pork and the other with slices of smoked turkey. We then added julienned peppers and cucumbers, a small bunch of spring greens, and finally a mixture of the cabbage and green onions.
  3. For the rice paper: One at a time, soak rice paper under faucet water that is luke warm, approximately 6 seconds on each side. Do not oversoak! (soaking the rice paper too long can create a rubbery sheet)
  4. Next, place the rice paper on a clean, flat surface and place the veggies and meats that you are using in a line on the edge closest to you.
  5. Once your veggie mix is placed, begin by making an initial tight roll around the veggies. Then fold over the side flaps in tightly and continue to roll up your spring roll.
  6. Wet a sharp knife blade and slice three equal pieces at a slant. Serve with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Spicy Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce
  • thin with water, as needed

Preparation:

  1. Mix hoisin sauce, peanut butter, and sriracha hot sauce until well mixed. Thin with water as needed to reach desired consistency. Use as dipping sauce for the Mix n’ Match Spring Rolls.

For some other yummy snack ideas, check out the Eats Well With Others blog for some yummy links!

17 Responses to “Mix n’ Match Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce”

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  3. Faith says:

    Mix n’ Match Spring Rolls? count me in. They look soo good. I’ve never thought of making those babies but now they are on my to do list.

    Have a great week ahead.

  4. You know, I’ve never made anything like this so at first glance, I would think it would have unusual, hard-to-find ingredients, but that is not at all the case. This is a wonderful, easy recipe and it looks absolutely delicious, Megan! This is definitely something I’d usually order out but never cook in, however, your recipe looks so yummy and simple. Thanks for sharing this and inspiring me!

  5. Carolyn Jung says:

    Like making sushi rolls, the hardest part is just prepping the ingredients. Once you have them on hand, the real fun begins — you let everyone make their own, customizing them to their own likes. It’s a great idea for a casual party.

  6. Those looks so colorful, flavorful and fabulous! Bookmarked!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. Gorgeous! And I love the idea, I’ve never made homemade spring rolls before :)

  8. Another recipe with flavors I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Your sauce here is a must try too…seems like the perfect combination of ingredients for these spring rolls!

  9. Eliana says:

    Hmmm – these lok so delicious. Lovin all the different flavors and colors.

  10. Raina says:

    Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog…very nice:) I love spring roles but have never tried to make them at home. I would love to try yours. They look great.

  11. wgfoodie says:

    I LOVE making these in the spring/summer. Even though it’s still quite frigid here, I may have to cave in and make a bunch of these to celebrate the somewhat warm temps we experienced for just a few days. Beautiful recipe!

  12. this looks so lovely! how did you know that these are my fav? i am having some serious cravings right now! thanks for sharing this and have a great day.

  13. Juliana says:

    Wow, your spring rolls look great, love the spicy peanut sauce…so tasty…great pictures!

  14. anna says:

    these look delicious but as I am very allergic to peanuts.. could you suggest an alternative sauce or is it crucial!?

    • Hi Anna!

      Of course, you can substitute the peanut sauce a different dip. I personally like a teriyaki dip for the spring rolls too. The dip I use for the teriyaki is soy sauce, hoisin, garlic powder, sriracha sauce and a little bit of water to get the right consistency. Just play around with the amounts to get the right combination for you.

  15. Jodi says:

    This looks fantastic.

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