pickled cabbage spring rolls


Note: This post was previously published here as a part of my freelance work.
I love spring rolls. They’re fun to make, they’re healthy, and they’re delicious. Half the fun is that you can fill them with whatever your heart desires. This particular combination was born when we received a giant head of cabbage in our CSA. It’s not something we eat a lot, so we took to chopping it down and throwing it in jars. A week later, our fridge was full of delicious pickled cabbage, and thus, this yummy hors d’oeuvre. I encourage you to get creative with your spring rolls down the line, but if you’re looking for a solid, fool-proof delicious recipe, here is the perfect one to get you started.
1 cup brown rice
1 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sesame oil
2 tbs miso paste
1 package spring roll wrappers
1/2 block tofu
1 red pepper
1/2 avocado

Pickled cabbage:
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup salt
1 mason jar chopped cabbage
1. At least a week before you want to make the spring rolls, throw chopped cabbage into a mason jar with the rest of the makings, and stick it in the fridge to begin the pickling process.
2. When you’re ready to make the spring rolls, cook off the one cup of brown rice.
3. Once the rice is cooked, stir in parsley, vinegar, sesame oil, and miso. Then let it sit and cool for at least 30 minutes.
4. While rice is cooling, thinly slice tofu and fry the pieces in some sesame oil over a hot flame. Remove and set on a piece of paper towel to absorb the extra grease. 
5. Thinly slice red pepper and avocado, set aside.
6. Now you’re ready to start making the rolls. Fill a bowl or tray with luke warm water. Immerse a rice paper wrapper for about five seconds, so that the entire thing gets wet. Lay the wrapper out on a flat surface, fill with makings (rice, tofu, pepper, avocado, and pickled cabbage), placing ingredients like an oblong mound in the center. To roll it up, first roll the top edge down, then fold in the sides, and roll it towards you, the rest of the way closed. Keep it tight as you do so.
7. Continue until ingredients run out.

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