Guest Post: Morel, Pork & Asparagus Fresh Rolls by Guilty Kitchen

It’s summer! Or it’s supposed to be anyway, but at the time of this writing, it’s still rather cool, rainy and dreary out. The cool weather hasn’t dampened my spirits when it comes to eating in the season though.

Most summers you’ll find me at the local farmers markets, farm gates and other local foodie havens. It’s there where I find all the goodies to make those light and refrshing foods everyone wants to chow down on a hot sunny patio. Who needs heavy pastas and meat-centred dishes during the sweat inducing height of summer. Besides that, it’s also swimwear season right? A girl’s gotta eat, but there’s always room for food and health.

That’s where these fresh wraps come in. I have to admit, we eat them almost weekly in our house during the summer months. They are just perfect patio food. You don’t even need a fork or knife to eat them and they always please guests with their complex nature.

If you find that you want to make these in the peak of summer and can’t find good quality asparagus anymore, try adding blanched scallions, steamed beans or even peas. It’s a very forgiving dish.

Morel Mushroom, Pork and Asparagus Fresh Rolls
Yield: 8 rolls
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Cooking Time: 10 minutes

For the Pork:
500g Pork shoulder blade steak
1/4 cup black bean sauce
2 tbsp hoisin sauce

Method:
1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for eight hours.
2. When done, pull apart with two forks. Set aside.

For the Rolls:
250g asparagus
2 tsp grapeseed oil
sea or kosher salt, to taste
fresh cracked pepper to taste
105g rice vermicelli noodles
8g dried morel mushrooms (or use 115g fresh mushrooms such as shiitake or oyster)
1 tsp butter
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped fine
8 rice paper wrappers

Method
1. Place asparagus on a baking sheet and pour grapeseed oil over, rolling the asparagus around to coat. Season with salt and pepper and place in a 425°F oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
2. Fill a kettle with water and bring to a boil.
3. Set vermicelli noodles in large bowl. Pour boiling water over until just submerged. Allow to sit for five minutes and then drain.
3. Place dried morels in a small bowl and pour enough boiling water over to ensure they will reconstitute (about a cup should be fine). Set aside for 30 minutes. (if using fresh, simply chop into a find dice and set aside.)
4. To the rice vermicelli noodles, add the rice vinegar, sugar, 2 tbsp of water, 1 tsp of salt and garlic. Stir to coat.
5. Coarsely chop the morels (or fresh mushrooms). In a small sauté pan, heat the butter and add the mushrooms. Sauté for about five minutes, season with salt and pepper and add to the noodles. Stir in cilantro.
6. Fill a bowl with hot to the touch water and set out a tea towel. Soak one rice paper wrapper at a time for about 20 seconds or until it softens up. Lay out on the tea towel and dab it until it is just slightly moist. Place a portion of the noodle/morel mix in the centre. Lay a few stalks of roasted asparagus over, followed by a small handful of the pulled pork.
7. Fold the bottom up over the filling, then fold in the sides, then roll it towards the end until it is completely wrapped. Set aside and repeat until done.
8. Serve with sweet chilli sauce if desired.

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Thanks so much Elizabeth for being our guest. If you missed Elizabeth’s first Guest Post, you can catch up on it here: Mushroom Ravioli.

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