Holiday Appetizers: Spring Roll Thai Dipping Sauce

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As I’ve mentioned, I hosted my annual cookie swap on Sunday.  While the focus is on the cookies we all bring, man cannot live by sugar alone.  I always make sure to provide from savory goodies for everyone, preferably holiday appetizers that can be eaten with your fingers.  If they’re easy meal ideas, even better.  This year, I put Rich’s SeaPak spring rolls in the oven ten minutes before my guests were scheduled to arrive, and they were done perfectly when everyone was ready to eat.

Spring rolls with two kinds of dipping sauce

I’m all about the easy.  Apparently I’m not alone in my view of SeaPak spring rolls as simple and easy.  No less than the Ladies Home Journal touted them as on of the “15 Best Appetizers to Serve at a Party.”  The Today Show has featured them, as well, and best of all, you can try them out for yourself to see what you think.  I picked mine up at Walmart, and on Sunday December 8, Walmart will be sampling the SeaPak spring rolls from 1pm to 5pm.  It’s possible I might show up just so I pretend like I’ve never had them before.

SeaPak spring rolls on the shelf at Walmart

Of course… this is me.  As much as I love a gorgeous table spread with food, I still feel like I need to put a signature twist on whatever I’m serving even if it is a prepackaged item.  The SeaPak spring rolls come with their own sauce, but I wanted something a little different.  Sauces are quick and easy to whip up, and this one was a real winner in my book of dinner party recipes.

Cookie swap dinner spread

How much of a winner was it?  I had some sauce left over, and last night I sauteed some chicken, added the leftover dipping sauce, some lime juice and coconut milk then served it over rice.  It was amazingly good and such a perfect healthy quick dinner on top of that.  Score!  A sauce like this that does double duty?  You can bet it’s one I’ll be making again.  Soon.

Thai dipping sauce to serve #shop

Thai Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:
3/4 c water
1 T cornstarch
1/3 c rice vinegar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 T soy sauce
2 t fish sauce
1 T fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t red pepper flakes

Directions:
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the water, rice vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and fish sauce.  Mince your cloves of garlic, and add them, as well.  Grate your ginger directly into the pot; you want to do a little less than an inch on a typical garlic root.

Grating fresh ginger into thai dipping sauce

Bring the mixture to a boil.  Once it starts boiling, in a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch with a little bit of cold water.  Make sure the water is cold, which will prevent lumps.  Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce, whisking for a minute or so.

Add cornstarch to thai dipping sauce #shop

Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Before serving, strain out the minced garlic and discard.

Strain out the garlic before serving

 

So what do you think?  Did this work in my attempt to #PakTheParty with yumminess?  #shop #cbias

Spring Roll Thai Dipping Sauce

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Spring Roll Thai Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c water
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/3 c rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 2 t fish sauce
  • 1 T fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the water, rice vinegar, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Mince your cloves of garlic, and add them, as well. Grate the ginger directly into the pot.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it starts boiling, in a small bowl whisk together the cornstarch with a little bit of cold water. Make sure the water is cold, which will prevent lumps. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce, whisking for a minute or so.
  3. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Before serving, strain out the minced garlic and discard.
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Comments

  1. This sauce sounds amazing and I love that it made another meal as well. I bet it pair great with the spring rolls for a fun appetizer at a party! #client

  2. I LOVE shrimp spring rolls! I pinned this recipe for later and will be on the look out for this SeaPak product. it would be great to be able to have spring rolls at home without ordering takeout. :D

  3. You sure did! I love a recipe that can serve double duty. I’ll have to try this the next time I make shrimp or chicken. I’ll bet it would be good on scallops too!

  4. Love the dipping sauce idea. Yum! #client

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