Grilled Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Appetizers, Snacks

I’m the hunt for my first adult couch. Up until now I’ve been living very college-like, mainly because I’d rather buy a pair of shoes or go to a new restaurant or save my money than sit on something nice and grown-up, BUT I’m changing!

I have this weird urge to be a grown-up and I’m thinking buying a piece of furniture might catapult me there. I now realize the only thing worse than shopping for a new apartment, bathing suit and health insurance is shopping for a new couch.

Can we say expensivo. Also: why?! Where’s the happy medium between Ikea and Awesome…at Ikea prices? I need to know this. If you have any affordable/adorable/expensive looking couch recommendations, I’m open! I wanna hear!

I don’t have a proper blog-esque segue from couch talk to spring roll talk, so I’ll start at the beginning: it’s hot outside.

And when it’s hot all I want to do is make stuff that’s cool and fresh tasting. I always, always want spring rolls when I’m hot.

Up until like 5 days ago, I never thought to make them at home. Turns out, soooo easy and cheap and awesome. My mama, who is recently vegetarian taught me how.

You can literally put anything you like in them, like shrimp, chicken, steak, etc. I figured I’d stay healthy with some grilled tofu.

I cut up some carrots, cucumber and jalapeño; bought some herbs…

And placed all of it in the center and rolled ’em up! Super easy. Here’s a little picture how-to to make things a little easier, if you’ve never done it before. Kind of like rolling a burrito…just like they do at Chipotle. You know how to do this in your sleep.

I made some peanut butter dipping sauce and boom! The perfect hot day snack/dinner.

Grilled Tofu Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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Dipping Sauce:
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped peanuts

Rolls:
1/2 package (about 8 ounces) of extra firm tofu
8 round rice paper sheets
1 carrot, julienned
1 cucumber, julienned
1 jalapeño, julienned
3/4 cup vermicelli noodles, cooked per the package’s instructions and cooled to room temperature
1 handful fresh mint
1 handful fresh Thai basil
1 handful cilantro

1. To make peanut dipping sauce, add 1/3 cup of water to a small saucepan. Add peanut butter, rice vinegar, ginger and salt. Whisk until smooth. Remove and transfer to a ramekin. Top with chopped peanuts.

2. To drain the tofu, wrap it in a few paper towels and transfer it to a bowl. Place another bowl atop the wrapped tofu and allow it to drain for 10 minutes. (This will take a lot of its moisture out, which will help in achieving those nice grill marks.)

3. Meanwhile, gather your herbs, vegetables and noodles. When the tofu is ready, slice in 3 x 3-inch batons. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and brush with a teaspoon of vegetable oil. When hot, add tofu, cooking on each side for 2-3 minutes and until grill marks appear. When the tofu is warm, brush each piece with a light coating of fish sauce. (P.S. Skipping this step is totally fine. I liked them with and without the fish sauce.)

4. To assemble the spring rolls: Fill a shallow, wide bowl with warm water. Dip the rice paper sheet in the warm water for about 5 seconds, and until the paper sheet becomes slightly soft. After it leaves the water, it’ll continue to absorb the water so be sure to not over-soak it. Transfer the rice paper sheet to a flat surface. Working quickly, place all of the filling ingredients toward the bottom of the sheet: a piece of tofu, a few julienned carrots, cucumber, jalapeño, and a small handful of noodles. Top with the herbs: thai basil, mint and cilantro. Fold in the sides first and then fold the bottom half over the filling, rolling away from you. Repeat process until you’ve made about 8 spring rolls.

Makes 8 spring rolls

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  • Reply Dayang Habsahton November 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Love your recipes….but one thing I want to know how you make the wrapper or do you get ready made from somewhere?

    • Reply Adrianna November 5, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      I bought these from an Asian grocery store. But you should be able to find them at other grocery stores too like Whole Foods.

  • Reply Evi August 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Took some of your ingredient ideas to make Food Matters Project post. Although next time I’d like to do the noodles and tofu inside. Next time…

  • Reply Dana August 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Those rolls are one of my favorite things to make and to eat. I love the grill marks on the tofu!

    • Reply Adrianna August 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Me too me too!

  • Reply Dionna Mash July 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve attempted spring rolls before and could not get them to roll tight enough!! Haha what’s your secret?

    • Reply Adrianna August 1, 2012 at 12:32 am

      When I rolled them, I just made sure to hold them as tightly as possible. Not too difficult! 🙂

  • Reply Megan July 31, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Just thought I’d add my 10 cents on the couch front. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams is a fantastic furniture company and they have a twice yearly 20% off special order sale (any frame, any fabric). I think the next one is in September, so check it out. Their furniture has a lifetime warranty- so it’ll truly be an adult couch. http://www.mgbwhome.com/

  • Reply Rose July 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    This may have already been said, but, re: couch: Craigslist all the way! Yes, it takes some hunting, and there are a lot of seriously gross couches out there, but I bought a brand-new sectional for $700 – its sticker price was an outrageous $2200! If you want a nice couch at a decent price, Craigslist + patience is the way to go.

  • Reply Allison July 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    These look so refreshing! Especially since it’s so hot outside. I could bathe in peanut sauce I love it so much. Also, you’re on my list of favorite blogs!
    -Allison

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