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Cambodian Spring Rolls #EatTheWorld

Cambodian Spring Rolls are packed with a delicious mix of pork, carrots, cabbage, fresh ginger, and more, then baked to crispy/chewy perfection.

Cambodian Spring Rolls: Home Sweet Homestead

This was my first time making spring rolls, and I have to admit it took me a few tries, to learn how to work with the rice paper wrappers. You have to soak them in warm water for just the right amount of time. If you leave them in the water to long, they become a sticky mess that is hard to handle. The rolling part takes some getting used to also.

After watching a few YouTube videos, I was able to catch on pretty quickly. I was rewarded with some delicious Cambodian style spring rolls, that even my picky husband enjoyed! He's usually a little hesitant to try foods he considers "weird", and to him the see-through wrappers were a little outside his comfort zone. Once I finally got him to try one though, he was hooked and quickly ate 3 of them, and said they would be even better with some red pepper flakes added.

Home Sweet Homestead: Cambodian Spring Rolls

While assembling the spring rolls takes a little TLC, once you have the filling prepared, they are really quick and easy to make. I baked my spring rolls, but you can also deep fry them, and even make fresh spring rolls that are filled with tasty veggies and eaten uncooked, sort of like a salad wrap..

Be forewarned, you wont be able to stop at just one!

Eat The World - Home Sweet Homestead

I got the idea for making these spring rolls, from the blogging group I recently joined called Eat the World. The group visits different countries each month, and shares recipes from those cuisines. What a great way to expand our palettes and try new foods. This month we are visiting Cambodia.

Cambodia is in Southeast Asia and borders Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It has a population of over 16 million, and about two thirds of the country is covered by tropical forests and jungles. Rice is the main staple of their diet, but also includes herbs, leaves, pickled vegetables, dipping sauces, edible flowers, and fish as well.

Baked Cambodian Spring Rolls - Home Sweet Homestead

Make sure to check out all of the other delicious Cambodian recipes prepared by fellow Eat the World members down below!


Printable recipe

Cambodian Spring Rolls

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground pork
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chile sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, and 3 drops Worcestershire sauce whisked together
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons water
12 spring roll wrappers

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Place pork in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned.
Drain any grease from pork and place in a bowl, along with  cabbage, carrot, green onions, cilantro, garlic, chile sauce, soy sauce mixture, ginger, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
Follow directions on the package to soften the spring roll wrappers one at a time, and place approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of the pork mixture in the center of each wrapper. Roll wrappers around the mixture, folding edges inward to close. Brush wrapper seams with the cornstarch mixture to seal.
Place spring rolls in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turning over after 10 minutes.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. (I used soy sauce mixed with a little chile sauce)

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.

April's tips:

Don't put to much mixture in the wrapper, or they will burst open as they bake.

For a bit of heat and extra flavor, try adding a small amount of red pepper flakes.


Check out all the wonderful Cambodian dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!

CulturEatz: Cambodian Green Mango Shrimp Salad
Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Somlar Machu Ktiss (Cambodian Hot and Sour Coconut Soup)
Palatable Pastime: Grilled Cambodian Beef Sticks
Pandemonium Noshery: Khmer Lok Lak
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Loc Lac (Cambodian Beef with Lime)
Home Sweet Homestead: Cambodian Spring Rolls
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Aioan Chua Noeung Phset Kretni
Loreto and Nicoletta: Cambodian Tapioca Banana Pudding
Margaret: Traditional Cambodian Rice Flour Donuts
House of Nash Eats: Cambodian Chicken Red Curry [Somlar Kari Saek Mouan]


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