Crab and Shiitake Spring Rolls
Once you’ve made a few spring rolls you'll see that are a snap to prepare, and they make an impressive and tasty appetizer. The filling on this one is relatively traditional, but you can really have fun thinking up new fillings. Duck, pomegranate and rice make a delicious combination.
2 tbsp (30 mL) peanut oil
2 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 cup (250 mL) chopped leek, white and light green parts only
1/4 cup (50 mL) finely chopped water chestnuts or jicama
1/4 cup (50 mL) Thai Kitchen®Coconut Milk
1/4 lb (175 g) fresh or canned crabmeat
1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
16 rice paper wrappers
Egg wash (1 large whole egg beaten with 2 tbsp water)
Peanut oil (for deep frying)
Peanut Carrot Sauce
HEAT 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil in wok or skillet on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, leeks and water chestnuts; stir fry 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in coconut milk; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer mushroom mixture to large bowl. Cool slightly. Add crabmeat and cilantro; mix well. Drain any excess liquid from the filling mixture. You may want to squeeze the mixture to remove any liquid.
ARRANGE a shallow bowl of warm water, a large shallow plate, moist towels and the egg wash on your work surface. Dip a rice paper wrapper into warm water for 10 to 20 seconds to soften. Be sure the rice paper is fully immersed in the water. Remove rice paper and place it on the work surface.
PLACE 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Fold the bottom edge of the wrapper over filling. Then fold in both sides of the wrapper. Gently roll the spring roll tightly away from you, until it has almost reached the top edge. Be careful not to break the fragile rice paper. Brush the top edge with the egg wash. Continue rolling to seal the spring roll. Repeat with remaining rice paper wrappers and filling. Cover the assembled spring rolls with damp towels so that they do not dry and harden.
HEAT 2 inches (5 cm) of peanut oil to 350°F (175°C) in wok or skillet. Fry rolls 3 to 5 minutes, turning occasionally, or until golden brown. Keep an eye on them so that they do not burn. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Peanut Carrot Sauce.
Thai Kitchen Tip: The filling makes enough for 12 to 14 rolls. Since some of the wrappers may break during rolling, we suggest you have extra available. Egg roll wrappers or spring roll wrappers can be substituted.