Sauce so yummy you’ll want to double dip!
Although Labor Day officially honors the American Labor Movement, it is unofficially considered the end of summer. Boo!! When I first entered the workforce, Labor Day was a welcome three-day weekend, filed with BBQs, family, friends and much time spent at the beach. When my kids were younger, Labor Day was the signal to get ready for the beginning of a new school year. This year, Labor Day Weekend will usher in a new era for our family, as both my kids venture out into their own apartments in Boston. I can’t imagine it means that I’ll spend any less time in the kitchen though!!
I thought I would share this recipe for Veggie Spring Rolls with you this week because they are a perfect finger food to serve at your Labor Day gathering this weekend….or, if you’ve been invited out, your hostess will really appreciate it if you bring a tray of these! One of the beauties of spring rolls is that you can alter the filling to suit your taste, or your supplies! Almost any filling will do…..you can choose any veggies you like. My goal is always to go for colorful and crunchy…..though I have been known to decide what goes inside based on what’s in my fridge!
The secret to these delicious rolls is all in the sauce. Yup! The flavor (and the fun) is in the dip…..which is why I recommend cutting the rolls in half so you can start again with the dipping. Alternately, place a spoon in the sauce bowl, so it can be drizzled over the rolls once the first bite is taken! This sauce is so tasty you’ll want to make a double batch. Store the extra in the fridge to use as salad dressing, dipping sauce for chicken satay, or as a reason to make more veggie rolls.
I’ll tell you straight up, it takes a bit of practice to get the rolls smooth….but those practice rolls will be perfectly edible and tasty too! Just fare warning—-make a few for yourself before sharing with friends. Or, just dump the contents of the “practice” rolls into a bowl, toss with the dipping sauce as a dressing, call it a salad and call it a day!! Once you get the hang of it, these take no time to make, but they sure do look impressive!!
However you choose to celebrate Labor Day, I wish you a peaceful time spent with family and friends and filled with delicious and nutritious food!