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Pork Belly Spring Rolls with Creamy Coconut Dipping Sauce
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A simple make-ahead meal that features fresh-cut fruit and veggies alongside succulent, sweet-spiced pork belly. 


YIELD
16 spring rolls

TIME
Active Prep: 20 min
Cook: 1 hour 10 min

INGREDIENTS

  • For pork belly:

  • 1 lb. pork belly
  • 4 tsp. Asian Delight BBQ Rub
  • 1/4 cup water
  • For creamy coconut dipping sauce:

  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems, packed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • To assemble:

  • 16 rice paper wrappers (banh trang), 8 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 mango, peeled, cored, and cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 cup sliced mint leaves

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NOTES

This recipe is featured in Spice Club, Savory’s spice of the month club. Here are substitution suggestions for adapting the recipe to different diets:

Vegan/Vegetarian: Substitute sliced, seared portobello mushrooms (3 to 4 min. per side) for pork belly, soy sauce for fish sauce, and agave for honey.

Nut-free: Omit cashews from dipping sauce.



DIRECTIONS

For pork belly: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cut pork belly into 4 to 5 thick slices, like thick bacon, and rub all sides with Asian Delight BBQ Rub. Pour water into a small baking dish before placing pork belly slices in a single layer across the bottom. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook for 1 hour, or until pork is tender with a slight chew. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees, remove foil covering, and cook for another 10 min., or until pork has browned slightly. Cut pork slices into 3-inch pieces and set aside.

For creamy coconut dipping sauce: Add all ingredients except Toasted Sesame Seeds to blender and blend for 30 seconds, or until smooth, scraping the sides as needed. Pour sauce into small bowls for dipping and garnish with Toasted Sesame Seeds.

To assemble: Fill a wide, shallow bowl with water. Submerge rice paper wrappers in water for 6 to 7 seconds. Transfer to a clean surface and begin layering fillings (2 pieces pork belly, a few pieces of carrot, cucumber, mango, and red cabbage, and a pinch of mint) in a 5-inch row just below the center of the wrapper. Use two hands to bring bottom of wrapper up and over the fillings, forming the start of a tight roll. Fold in left and right sides before rolling fillings all the way to the top. Space rolls out on a serving platter to prevent sticking. Serve with dipping sauce while pork is still warm or chill and serve cold.



THANKS TO
Michael Kimball, Savory Spice Test Kitchen

NUTRITION
Dairy-Free
Gluten-Free



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