These crystal rolls make an elegant and incredibly tasty hors d’oeuvre to enjoy with wine or mixed drinks. It’s best to have all the ingredients ready before rolling them into rice paper wrappers so that they don’t dry out.
block marinated grilled tofu, cut into 1-inch strops
red bell pepper, seeded and julienned, then cut into 1-inch lengths
small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and julienned, then cut into 1-inch lengths
fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
cilantro leaves, thinly leaves
1. Put the rice noodles in a large bowl, cover with boiling water, and let sit until softened, about a minute. Drain the noodles and set aside.
2. Put the rice paper wrappers in a bowl of hot water and let them soften for about a minute. Remove them from the water and set aside.
3. To assemble the crystal rolls, lay out a soaked rice paper wrapper and put a piece of the grilled tofu in the center. Sprinkle with the peanuts, then add 2 pieces of red pepper and 2 pieces of cucumber, and spread with equal amounts of the fresh herbs. Top with a handful of rice noodles, then fold in both sides of the roll.
1. Round rice paper wrappers are available in health food stores and Asian markets.