Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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These spring rolls, served with dipping sauce are a favorite at our house. While they are a little tedious to make, the recipe makes about 20, so they can be frozen and then just thawed the next time. Cook time is approximate, it will depend on how many you make, and whether you need to do them in batches.

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  • add   1/4 cup finely grated cabbage (optional)
  • add   1 egg
  • add   1 (4 ounce) package rice vermicelli
  • add   1 green onion
  • add   1/4 cup finely grated carrots
  • add   2 cloves garlic
  • add   1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • add   oil (for frying)
  • add   white pepper
  • add   salt
  • add   2 tablespoons white wine
  • add   1 small onion
  • add   3 tablespoons cilantro
  • add   20 spring roll wrappers (I like the frozen ones, though the dry rice wraps are good too, just more difficult to work with)
  • add   1 lb ground pork

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except wraps and oil in a bowl.
  2. On a damp tea towel, place a wrap, and fill with a couple of tablespoons of the pork mixture in a sausage like shape at one end of the wrap.
  3. Fold sides in, then begin rolling spring roll at the mixture side.
  4. Seal roll by moistening edge with water.
  5. Heat oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Fry rolls, turning frequently until cooked through and golden, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Drain on paper towels, and serve with Spring Roll Sauce (Nuoc Mam).
  8. Keep warm in heated oven.
  9. Note: The spring rolls may be made ahead, and frozen, and then fried when thawed.
  10. Spring rolls may be kept in fridge until ready to fry too, up to a day or two in advance.
  11. Ground chicken may be substituted for the pork, and chopped shrimp may also be added for a special flavor combination.