Saturday, September 22, 2007

Veggie Sausage Rolls

These are yum and easy too!

1 cup (250g) low fat smooth ricotta
3 eggs
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup (70g) cashews
1 tbs Kikkoman soy sauce
1/2 cup finely grated carrot (half a large carrot)
1/2 cup (45g) purchased breadcrumbs
1 cup (90g) quick oats
3 (25cm x 25cm) sheets frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, thawed
1 tbs milk

Preheat oven to 200°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Place ricotta cheese, eggs, onion, cashews and soy sauce in a food processor. Process until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add carrot, breadcrumbs and oats. Mix well. Divide into six portions.
Cut each pastry sheet in half. Brush lightly with milk. Shape one portion of mixture into a log 3cm from edge of long side of pastry. Roll up to enclose filling. Place on baking tray. Repeat with remaining pastry and mixture. Brush rolls with milk. Bake 35 minutes or until golden, turning them over half way through the cooking process. Cut. Serve with tomato sauce.
Makes about 36.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Vietnamese spring rolls

1 pkt udon noodles
1/2 capsicum chopped roughly
1 medium carrot peeled and grated
30 gms snow pea sprouts chopped
1 bunch mint roughly chopped
2 tspn ginger
2 tspn garlic
2 tblespn soy sauce
2 tspn fish sauce
7 round rice paper sheets (22 cm round)

Place noodles in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside to soak for 2 minutes or until softened.

Drain noodles and use kitchen scissors to cut into small lengths.
Put all ingredients except the rice paper sheets and the chili sauce into a bowl and toss thoroughly.

Using one sheet of rice paper at a time dip into a bowl of hot water and soak for 30 seconds or until pliable. Place on a clean chopping board or tea towel. Top with some of the noodle mixture. Fold in ends and roll up tightly to enclose filling. Repeat with remaining rice paper sheets and filling.

Arrange on a serving platter and serve with sweet chili sauce.

Alternatives: add Vietnamese mint or coriander instead of mint. Use rice vermicelli noodles instead of udon. Recipe can easily be doubled.