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Fresh Pineapple Spring Roll Recipe with Soy-Free Garlic Free Peanut Sauce OR Nut-free Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce Recipe

Posted By yum On June 29, 2009 @ 7:47 pm In Bay Area, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Garlic-free, JM friendly, Soy Free, soy-free challenges | 11 Comments

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This weekend I hosted our local Celiac Bay Area potluck at a local Sunnyvale, California park just in time for a heat wave. Whoops! Luckily our park was well shaded and somehow managed to have a slight breeze that kept us and the delicious feast everyone had brought relatively cool. I always like to make spring rolls for picnics, but this time I was inspired by a recent sighting of Pineapple spring rolls at Whole Foods to make a fruit spring roll as well as a savory mint roll. The DH has always been a fan of apple in spring rolls, and my pineapple experiment was met with enthusiasm. He liked the peanut sauce so much he suggested putting a layer in the roll itself- which I did later in rolls I made for us at home. (I try to keep allergens separate for our group members with multiple allergies). For anyone that was allergic to nuts, I made a homemade sweet chili sauce.
Yes, premade ones exist, but I always get nervous when reading Trader Joe’s allergen statement about wheat on the lines, especially when cooking for other Celiacs. Besides, homemade sweet chili sauce is just so satisfying! I’ve been making variations of the sweet chili recipe from Real Vegetarian Thai cookbook for years- it is a classic! (And for under $6 the book is a real steal with many recipes that can easily be adapted to be gluten-free.) Despite the fact that I had a friend and her significant other over to help with spring roll assembly and we made a veritable mountain of them, I ended up with very few leftovers, alas. Luckily I had lots of filling ingredients left over that I was able to use in spring rolls that became our dinner the next day. Fruit rolls are natural alternatives to the usual savory tofu rolls i make- but you can also make an absolutely delicious savory roll without any soy by leaving out the tofu and including a mint leaf, rice noodles, carrot, jicama, and cucumber. Mmm, tasty and gluten-free picnic fare.

Pineapple Fruit Spring Roll Recipe
Main Course [3]  Vegetables [4]  Thai [5]  
Rice spring roll wrapper (dried, must be soaked in warm water to soften)

thick sticks of fresh pineapple
medium thick sticks of peeled cucumber
thin slices of peeled apple
thin sticks of carrot
fresh lettuce leaves

soak dried rice wrapper in warm water until it softens and then lay on a flat cutting board. Layer pineapple, apple, and carrot in a small pile in the center of the wrapper. Cover loosely with a small piece of lettuce and fold the wrapper around the filling as if you were making a burrito.

Serve with a sweet peanut sauce or other sauce that you like…

Soy free peanut sauce
Sauces & Condiments [6]  Thai [5]  
1 sliced medium onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup NATURAL peanut butter or 1 cup dry roasted salted peanuts
1 tbsp. fresh peeled ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
2 tablespoons lime juice
Water (to taste, start with 1/2 cup and add more as needed)
Saute onion in oil til tender. Cool. Place in blender,
add everything else, and blend carefully. Slowly and carefully
add enough water to form a creamy paste.

If you will be keeping sauce in refrigerator until serving, you may need to add more water later for the same texture as it thickens over time.

Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce
Sauces & Condiments [6]  Vegetables [4]  Thai [5]  
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown rice or other favorite vinegar
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chili garlic sauce (or less, to taste)
Combine ingredients through the salt in a saucepan and bring to boil, whisking occasionally. When sugar has dissolved, turn down the heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce forms a syrup after 20 minutes or so. Whisk in chili garlic sauce, let cool and serve.

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