February 21, 2007

Swiss Chard, Beef, Shrimp and Tofu Summer Rolls



Ingredients:

Beef:

3/4 pound thinly sliced beef, cut into 3-4 inch strips
1/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons oil

Beef Marinade:

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon chili paste
1/2 teaspoon chili sauce (Sriracha or other red hot sauce)



Greens:

1 pound Swiss chard
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 cup water


Tofu:

1/2 pound firm or extra firm tofu
salt


Rolls:

12 shrimp, boiled peeled and butterflied (sliced open lengthwise)
6 rice paper wrappers*
1/2 pound rice stick noodles
Thai or Vietnamese basil (optional)



Directions:

First, mix marinade ingredients in a small bowl and marinate beef in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Saute mushrooms in oil over high heat. Add beef and stir fry until beef is cooked and sauce has thickened (about 5 - 10 minutes). Cover and remove from heat. Set aside. While the beef is marinating, you can prepare the tofu by cutting it into 1/2 inch slices. Create a stack of them sprinkling salt on each slice. Wrap the stack of tofu slices in a towel and rest a heavy pan on top of the stack for 15 minutes to remove extra water. Remove tofu from towel and cut lengthwise into thin strips.Then, boil rice stick noodles for 5 minutes and blanch in cold water. Cut noodles into bite-sized pieces. Then the greens, tear the Swiss chard into strips. In a large pot with a cover, boil the water and add chard. Cook about 3-5 minutes until chard is tender. Pour out the water and add soy sauce and vinegar


Fill a wide bowl or pot with warm water. Each rice paper wrapper must be soaked individually. For each roll, soak a wrapper until pliable and soft. Remove the wrapper and spread out on a clean surface. Add a 1/4 cup noodles towards the middle of the wrapper. Add a portion of the greens, a portion of the meat, 2 pieces of tofu, 2 shrimp, and basil (if using). Fold the rice paper from both sides in towards the middle, then lift the end closest to you and roll away from you, grabbing all of the filling, and roll until the spring roll is closed. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve at room temperature.

*Sometimes labeled spring roll wrappers. Not to be confused with refrigerated egg roll wrappers, these are not refrigerated and are round, brittle and translucent.


Yield: 6 rolls
My thoughts:
These are some of my favorite things to order at a Vietnamese restaurant. Not exactly the same thing as spring rolls, which are fried, summer rolls are served at room temperature and are not cooked at all once assembled. Lots of times you see these as an appetizer, but my husband made them for us for dinner. They are complete meal unto themselves although you might need to eat more than one to fill up. They are really light tasting and rather healthy.