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Spring Roll Wrappers

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Cha gio (crispy chicken spring rolls), wrapping finely chopped and spiced chicken and vegetables in rice paper wrappers
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Spring roll wrappers can be hard to find if you don't live near an Asian market. This is a recipe for the standard flour and water wrappers used to make Chinese spring rolls. For best results, keep the filling chilled and don't make up the spring rolls until you are ready to deep-fry. Have a cornstarch and water paste on hand to seal the spring roll wrappers after they are filled. These wrappers can be frozen.

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water* (see note below)
  • cooking spray, as needed

Preparation:

In a large bowl, stir the salt into the flour. Mix the water into the flour to form a batter. Cover and let rest for 1 hour.
Spray a pan with cooking spray and heat on medium low heat.
Turn the heat down to low and add a heaping tablespoon of the batter to the middle of the pan. Quickly spread the batter out evenly to form a circle 5 - 6 inches in diameter. Continue smoothing out the batter as the skin cooks.
Cook the skin briefly, until it is cooked on the bottom and the edges curl slightly. Take care not to overcook. Remove carefully and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use as called for in the recipe.

*The amount of water needed will depend partly on factors such as the age and dryness of the flour, the altitude you are cooking at, etc. The batter should be well mixed and fairly thick, but still thin enough to drop off the back of a wooden spoon.
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