Turkey Avocado Spring Rolls w/ Hoisin Peanut Dip
Hope you all had fulfilling Thanksgiving and as always there’s so much leftover turkey that we made turkey spring rolls with avocado. Weather down here is much warmer than normal. While many of you were experiencing snow and cold, we had sunny day with plenty of sunshine. There’s times when we wish we had a sprinkling of snow to kick start the Holiday season, but when we realize that we don’t have to shovel our cars out of the driveway, it seems pretty lucky to be down here.
Snow weather might not be the best for the pups either, particularly Lexi. She’s a warm weather gal and being able to romp around in the garden during her first Thanksgiving has probably ruined her for life. If it were to snow and bury all her outside toys, she’s probably cry for days. Without a doubt, she’s a spoiled puppy in more ways then we can count.
The garden is really starting to welcome Autumn. Leaves are starting to drift off the branches in big batches of yellow and red colors. Our garden is a true Southern California garden when you can see the green lawn dusted with orange pomegranate leaves. Our patches of green space aren’t exactly the perfect green suburban lawns. They’re more like a mesh of wild weeds and dichondra all mowed down to their lowest point. But it’s the perfect play area for two rambunctious dogs to tackle one another.
Now that the big eating eating day is over, many of you are probably just waking out of a food coma. Join the club. Next thing on our agenda is to hit our juicer up for some green kale/apple/carrot juice for the next few days. For us, post-Thanksgiving meals are always about eating lighter and greener. That’s why our newest kitchen toy helps us make the days after Turkey day more guilt free. But more on the juicer later!
A favorite meal we often make from all the leftover turkey spring rolls with avocado. It’s one of those left over meals that’s light, super fresh and spiritually uplifting for those who totally crashed the carbs on Thanksgiving. Raise your hand if you totally carb-butter-sugar loaded. Again, join the club!
The joy in eating these turkey spring rolls is that the recipe is adaptable to everyone’s taste. If you prefer to have different vegetables such as red bell pepper or sliced celery, then you can certainly mix up the inside trimmings. And believe it or not, there are people in this world who do not like avocado (shame on you!) so by all means, eliminate the creamy green beast.
Honestly, even without the avocado, these turkey spring rolls have enough flavor and texture in them to please a crowed. What’s even more flexible is the hoisin dip. Though we used peanut butter, you can certainly use almond butter or cashew butter. Each of the nut butters brings out a unique flavor and texture. So don’t feel like you have to commit to the same dip every single time. And btw if you like shrimp, check out our Vietnamese fresh spring rolls with shrimp.
Enjoy the rest of your week and if you’re one of those crazy folks who dares all the Black Friday sales, please be careful. Shop safe!
diane and todd
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Turkey Avocado Spring Rolls with Hoisin Nut Dip
For the turkey spring rolls
- Fresh carved Turkey meat , torn in small this strips
- 1 large ripe avocado , cut into small slices
- 1 large carrot , thin julienne cuts ( like match sticks)
- Strips of cucumber , red bell pepper, jicama (optional)
- fresh basil , mint or other herbs
- fresh lettuce , chopped or torn in small pieces
- rice paper for rolling
- For the hoisin peanut dip: In medium bowl, combine all dip ingredients together (hoisin, peanut butter, rice vinegar, and sesame oil). Use a fork to help blend well.
For the rolls, gather all the ingredients together and get your rolling surface ready. Here's the latest photo tutorial on how to roll spring rolls.
- Add warm water to a large bowl. Quickly dip each rice paper wrapper in warm water for a few seconds and lay on rolling surface such as a cutting board or plate (they will still be slightly stiff).
On the 1/3 section of the rice paper wrapper closest to you, start layering your fillings. Lay your lettuce first on the soft spring roll wrapper, then add the rest of your desired fillings.
Start rolling the wrapper over the fillings away from you, tucking and rolling the wrapper with your fingers, making sure all the fillings remain tight and round within the rice paper wrapper. Serve with hoisin dip or other dip of choice.