Turkey Spring Rolls

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To make Turkey Spring Rolls, look for bahn trang, the thin, round Vietnamese rice paper wrappers in the ethnic foods section of the supermarket. If you can’t find them, you can alternately make an Asian style noodle salad by tossing the ingredients with half a pound of cooked whole wheat, soba or rice noodles.

Shopping List:

shredded turkey
cilantro
salted peanuts
soy sauce
olive oil
garlic
onion
cabbage
carrots
salt
pepper
Lumpia Skin also known as Spring Roll Wrappers
canola oil

Equipment:

damp tea towel
mixing bowl
large frypan

Instructions:

Prepare vegetables. Over medium heat, add olive oil and allow to warm. Add garlic and then onion, cook for about 5 minutes. Add turkey and cook until warm.

Combine cilantro, cabbage, carrots, salt and pepper in frying pan. Allow to cook into a stir fry for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables become tender. Add in salted peanuts. Add the soy sauce (or sauce of your choice). Stir until it all becomes glazed. Continue stirring until the sauce is cooked off.

Remove from heat and allow to cool throughly. The mixture should be completely cooled or it will rip the wrappers.

Thaw the Lumpia Skins completely. Once thawed, place a clean, damp dish towel over them to prevent them from drying out. Keep pile covered as you work.

Place a bowl of water nearby and use to help seal the wrappers.

Once your stir fry is cooled, scoop about 1 tablespoon of the filling onto one spring roll wrapper, near one corner. Fold that same corner over stir-fry, and then fold the sides in. Continue rolling the spring roll until closed. Dip your fingers in water and run over the edges to seal them. Repeat for all spring rolls. You may choose to deep fry or bake the spring rolls at this point.

To bake: preheat the oven to 375F, brush with oil and bake until golden brown. About 10 to 15 minutes. Check them often to make sure they do not burn.

To deep fry: In a heavy pan add oil, filling the pan no more than half full. Bring to appropriate temperature for deep frying. If using canola oil, aim for 350F, do not go over 400F. Using tongs, carefully place spring rolls into the oil and allow them to become golden brown on each side. Once golden in color, remove from oil. Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain the extra oil.

Serve and enjoy!

These Turkey Spring Rolls make a fabulous appetizer or side dish.

What is your favorite twist for spring rolls?

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