beef spring rolls vietnamese recipe

Here is step two in getting the man in your life to like Asian cooking.  Remember that steak you have leftover from the “steak sandwich” (also known as Banh Mi)?  Put it to good use in the next few days by making steak summer rolls!  (or spring rolls, if you want to know all about the many different names check out my shrimp roll post).  This will definitely be stepping out of the meat and potatoes comfort zone, but just remind him that it has the same amazing steak that he loved in his sandwich.

ingredients beef vietnamese summer rolls

I’ve found that summer rolls are a great healthy snack for kids, but it’s all in the name.  Call them peanut butter salad rolls (emphasis on the peanut butter) and they’re sold!  Eric and I have our friends’ 3 year old begging for bites whenever we eat them around her.  If the word salad scares your child off, try peanut butter veggie rolls, or peanut butter roll ups.  Be creative, you can do it!

how to wrap vietnamese summer rolls

Another option, is if you want to use this as an easy lunch for kids, lay out all the ingredients and let them choose what goes in or how much.  I love getting kids to cook in the kitchen!  You might have to help with the rolling, but as I show up above, it’s pretty easy.  The hardest part is getting it rolled nice and tight.  You might have to assist them with that depending on their manual dexterity.  Wow, I bet that sentence just totally raised the reading level of my blog 😉

jaden steamykitchen cooking class

Now I promised in my last post to tell you all about my friend Jaden’s cookbook tour stop in Seattle.  Part of her tour was teaching cooking classes at Sur La Table, and Jaden was kind enough to cover my cost so I could be a part of the class.  I’m in the process of putting together cooking classes in the city of Auburn and it was a great opportunity to watch someone with so much experience.  I definitely learned some great bits of info that I’ll be implementing, most importantly to be yourself and have fun!

Diana cooking at Jaden's Steamy Kitchen class

This photo is from my friend Nurit who also took the class.  Look at that intense concentration!  Jaden’s recipe are basically quality Asian recipes made as simple as possible.  I LOVE pretty much everything I’ve tried from it, and as one of her recipe testers, I’ve tried A LOT.  If you haven’t got a copy of Jaden’s book yet, I have good news, you can win one here!  More about that after the recipe.

Mom Diana Jaden

My mom took the class with me, and it was such a fun mother daughter date!  I think she’s felt like she’s been in a bit of a cooking rut lately, and seemed very inspired by Jaden’s cooking style and cookbook.  She took TONS of notes!  The next night Eric and I went to a potluck/Q&A with Jaden put on by Keren Brown.  Check out the video below for an overview of both events.

Jaden Hair SteamyKitchen Book Tour Seattle from Diana Johnson on Vimeo.

Jaden has a summer roll recipe in her book which we made at the Sur La Table class, but the great things about summer rolls is you don’t need a recipe because you can really put any vegetables or meat in them.  These are so different from the shrimp rolls by leaving out the noodles, adding red pepper and cucumber, and subbing the beef for the shrimp.  Totally new flavor.  My peanut sauce is slightly different too, because I love how the Vietnamese restaurant down the street used coconut milk in theirs, so I added some to mine.

Vietnamese summer roll blog size

Beef Summer Rolls Recipe

makes 10

Ingredients

10 circle rice paper wrappers
1/2 lb Vietnamese steak from Banh Mi Recipe
20 basil leaves
1 carrot cut into matchsticks
1 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
1/2 cucumber cut into matchsticks
2 cups torn butter lettuce (or romaine without spines of leaves)
4 stalks green onion finely chopped
pie pan of very warm water

Instructions

Spread your ingredients out to make it easy to work with.

Dip a rice wrapper into the warm water 5 seconds. On a clean dry cutting board, fold it in half. Place your filling a little off the center.   Arrange so ingredients will be peeking out of one or both ends.
Starting at the corner your filling is closest to, wrap that corner over filling, (If you only want ingredients showing from one end, fold an inch of the bottom up right now) then begin rolling tightly.  If not eating immediately, place on plate (not touching each other) and cover with saran wrap.
peanut sauce
Peanut Sauce Recipe
makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 TBS olive oil or vegetable oil
3 cloves of garlic minced or grated w/microplane
1/4 cup hoisin
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
3 TBS coconut milk
1/4 cup water
Instructions
Heat oil in a saucepan on medium high heat, add garlic and fry 3 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer until well mixed, add a little more water if you want it thinner. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or it freezes well.

Approximate cost/serving: Again, our beef is CHEAP because we bought 1/4 a cow.  So these rolls only cost $1.70 to make.  That means just 17 cents a roll!  Add the peanut sauce and it’s about 23 cents a roll.

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Just leave out the beef to have vegetarian summer rolls, or sub fried tofu!  Totally gluten free.

GIVEAWAY!!!

That’s right friends, you can get a free copy of Jaden’s cookbook.  Like a dope, I forgot to have her sign it while in Seattle, so if you win you can get it immediately, or wait until after Jan 16 to receive it signed specifically to you!  (I’ll be seeing Jaden at this exciting event).  Several ways to enter:

1.  Leave a comment below about why you want this cookbook, Asian cooking, the video, pretty much anything really.

2. Tweet, Facebook, blog post, Digg, whatever a link to this post and then leave a comment letting me know you did so I can make sure to count you.

I have a crazy couple weeks coming up so will give you plenty of time to enter.  I’ll close it Sunday the 20th of December and announce the winner Monday the 21st after a random drawing of your comments.  Good luck!


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