|Filled with hypoallergenic leek filling. One recipes fills 3-4 pastries.|
Oh, those flaky, savory little pastries stuffed with spinach (spanakopita), feta/parsley or other good things! The fillo dough with which they are usually made is, of course, wheat; in addition it is likely to contain soy or corn additives, and the individual sheets are dusted with cornstarch to keep them from sticking to each other. You can, however, get quite good results using spring roll wrappers made of rice.
|The ingredients of this product are: |
"rice flour, tapioca flour, water, salt."
Also, there are no waxed sheets (corn,
soy, dairy) or sprinkles of cornstarch
between the sheets of pastry.
rice spring roll wrappers
any filling you like (beef, leeks, summer squash, mushroom, spinach, feta/parsley...) that
isn't too damp: you don't want to sog up the wrappers.
oil for frying (See Oil in the Glossary)
Carefully take one wrapper from the package. They are very thin and crack easily. Wet every part of the wrapper under the faucet. Lay down on a flat surface and wait a few seconds. After a few seconds it will be soft, pliable and sticky. Place a bit of filling near the bottom edge and turn the bottom edge up over it, as shown in (A). Fold the left and right sides of the wrapper over the filling, as shown in (B). Roll the pastry up, making sure to leave as little air inside the pastry as possible (C). Otherwise the air will expand while you're cooking it, forming annoying big bubbles. The wrappers become very sticky, so you don't need an egg wash or flaxseed meal to hold the pastries together.
Once the pastries are rolled up, put 1/4 inch or so of oil in a skillet and heat to medium. Put the pastries in the oil and cook until the bottom of each one is golden brown and crisp. Turn each one over and cook the other side. Remove from oil and allow to cool for a couple of minutes; otherwise they're too hot to eat. Serve warm.
|(A) (B) (C)|