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THAI-ITAILIAN SPRING ROLLS WITH PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

INGREDIENTS AND RECIPES

Peanut Dipping Sauce

4 tablespoons organic crunchy peanut butter
1 unit ripe Sicilian blood orange, juiced
1 teaspoon aged balsamic
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Pinch hot chili flakes
1 tablespoon water

Thai-Italian Spring Rolls

2 unit sirloin steaks, sliced into thin strips
1/4 cup low-sodium tamari
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 knobs fresh ginger, crushed with garlic press
2 cloves garlic, crushed with garlic press
1 unit Thai chili, sliced
10 unit basil leaves, torn
8 unit rice paper sheets
8 leaves Boston lettuce, spine removed
1 unit sweet yellow pepper, julienned
2 unit carrots, julienned
2 unit scallions, julienned
2 unit baby cucumbers, seeds removed, julienned
1/2 cup sundried tomato, julienned
1/4 cup fresh coriander
2 teaspoons canola oil

Methods:

Peanut Dipping Sauce

In a bowl, mix together the peanut butter, water and blood orange juice for 1 minute or until emulsified.

Add the aged balsamic, maple syrup, blood orange zest and chili flakes to the bowl and mix well.

Thai-Italian Spring Rolls

In a big bowl, combine the tamari, maple syrup, ginger, garlic, thai chili and basil.

Add the steak slices to the bowl and mix well to coat. Cover the bowl, let it marinate in fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

Heat the canola oil over medium heat. Add the marinated sirloin strips and sauté for about 3-4 minutes. Do not overcook.

Shkiaffing it Together

Lay out a clean tea towel.

Fill a bowl with luke-warm water. Dip the rice paper into the water one at a time for about 15 seconds.

Gently lay the rice paper onto the tea towel and then flip it over so that the excess water is removed from both sides.

Mentally divide the rice paper into 4 equal horizontal bands. In the second band from the bottom lay down your ingredients: 1 leaf of Boston lettuce, a thin row of carrots, sun dried tomatoes, beef, scallions, yellow peppers and cucumbers. Do not over-stuff the spring rolls. Sprinkle the filling with fresh coriander.

Fold the first band over the filling, tuck in the sides and delicately roll up.

Cut the spring rolls in half and serve with peanut dipping sauce on the side.