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Asparagus Spring Rolls with Sweet Red Chili Dipping Sauce

Here’s a refreshing twist for using asparagus. Crunchy and delicious!


1 pound asparagus
3/4 cup fresh mint leaves
3/4 cilantro leaves
1 mango or papaya
Fresh ginger, 2-inch piece
1/2 red capsicum
1/2 cup dry roasted, salted-
peanuts, chopped
2 cups fresh bean sprouts
8-inch dried rice paper spring-
roll wrappers, 6 to 8 sheets
1/4 cup store-bought Asian-
Sweet Chili sauce
Juice of 1 lime


Prepare filling:
Blanche asparagus in boiling salted water until tender to the bite, 3 to 5 minutes.
Peel and julienne mango or papaya and ginger. Julienne bell pepper. Set aside with remaining filling ingredients.
Fill a large bowl with hot water. Working with one wrapper at a time, slip rice paper wrapper into water until pliable, about 1 minute. Place wrapper on cutting board.
In the center, put 3 to 4 asparagus spears with the tips coming off the end of the wrapper slightly, 3 to 4 mango or papaya slices, 3-4 pepper slices, 3 tablespoons sprouts, 2 tablespoons herbs, sprinkling of ginger and peanuts.
Roll the wrapper from the bottom up, tightly. Leaving the ends open.
Set aside and cover with a damp towel. Finish with remaining wrappers.
When ready to serve, slice wrappers into 3 segments each and stand upright on a serving platter.
Mix chili sauce and lime juice together. Serve along side the rolls as a dipping sauce.

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