Saturday, May 6, 2017

Salmon, Vegetable and Thai Basil Rice Paper Roll

     A Healthy Light Lunch or Appetizer!
     Rice Paper Rolls are a nice snack that also can be served as a light lunch.  Rice Paper Rolls are usually filled with a high proportion of vegetables and herbs, so they highly nutritious.  When meat or seafood is added, only a small amount is needed.  An 8 ounce salmon filet can feed four people when it is used to make rice paper rolls.
     Vietnamese cuisine requires a wide variety of fresh herbs.  Just about any combination of Vietnamese herbs can be used to flavor a Seafood Rice Paper Roll.  Thai Basil has a gentle basil flavor and it adds a fresh garden herb flavor to today's Salmon Rice Paper Roll.  The vegetables for a Rice Paper Roll can be fresh or lightly cooked.  Briefly stir frying or steaming guarantees that the vegetables will still have a crisp bite.
     Sheet of Culinary Rice Paper come in all shapes and sizes.  Basically, the paper thin sheets are made with rice starch.  Rice Paper is very easy to work with and all it takes is soaking a sheet of rice paper in a shallow pan of hot water to reconstitute it.  The countertop surface should be dampened when assembling a Rice Paper Roll, because moist Rice Paper will stick to a dry surface like glue.    

     This recipe yields enough for 1 Rice Paper Roll.
     Step 1:  Select a 3 ounce piece of salmon filet.
     Cut the filet into 2 long strips that are less than 1/2" wide.
     Lightly season with sea salt and white pepper.
     Step 2:  Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add the 2 salmon strips.
     Sauté till the salmon is fully cooked and golden highlights appear.
     Step 3:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Keep the salmon strips warm on a stove top.
     This recipe yields enough for 1 Rice Paper Roll.
     Step 1:  Heat a mini wok (or sauté pan) over medium heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger.
     Add 4 thin red bell pepper strips.  (3/16" wide)
     Add 4 Yellow Squash Strips.  (Remove the seed marrow.)
     Add 1/3 cup of Mung Bean Sprouts.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and white pepper.
     Briefly sauté till the vegetables just start to become tender.
     Step 2:  Add 1 1/2 cups of baby spinach leaves.
     Toss the ingredients together till the spinach leaves start to wilt.
     Step 3:  Remove the pan from the heat.
     Place the vegetables on a platter.
     Keep platter warm on a stove top.

     Salmon, Vegetable and Thai Basil Rice Paper Roll:
     This recipe yields 1 Rice Paper Roll.
     Step 1:  Heat a small sauce pot of water to about 150ºF.  
     Step 2:  Select a 12" diameter round rice paper sheet.
     Place a shallow pan that is wider than the rice paper sheet on a countertop.
     Place the rice paper sheet in the pan.
     Pour hot water over the rice paper sheet.
     Soak the rice paper till it becomes reconstituted and soft.
     Step 3:  Dampen a countertop with a sprinkle of water.
     Place the soft rice paper sheet on the wet countertop.
     Step 4:  Place the 2 salmon strips across center of the rice paper.
     Place 5 or 6 fresh Thai Basil Leaves over the salmon.
     Evenly mound the prepared vegetables over the salmon strips.  Arrange the vegetables so they point lengthwise, like the salmon.
     Step 5:  Fold the ends of the rice paper over the ends of the row of salmon and vegetables.
     Roll the rice paper up to make a sealed cylinder shape.  (Just like rolling an Egg Roll.)
     Let the rice paper roll dry for a few minutes, to the seal does not come apart.
     Step 1:  Bias slice the rice paper roll in half.
     Set the rice paper roll halves against each other on a plate, so one half stands tall.
     Step 2:  Garnish the plate with accompaniments of your choice.
     *The plate in the photos was garnished with Steamed Asparagus Spears, Daikon Radish Kimchi, Cabbage Kimchi, Korean Style Red Serrano Chile Sauce and Hoisin Sauce.
     Garnish with a Thai Basil sprig.
     This is a tasty healthy Rice Paper Roll!

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