Pinky out for this farm-to-table take on beef spring rolls with an addictive lemon basil dipping sauce. It’s a fabulous no-cook meal that can easily be adapted to seasonal produce on hand.
This recipe features produce from 9 Bean Rows Farm, Spring Hollow Farm and locally produced products from Deering’s Meat Market, Fustini’s and Black Star Farms.
Beef spring rolls with lemon basil dipping sauce
Farm fresh local garlic
Farm fresh local lemon basil
Raw sesame seeds
Farm fresh local collard greens
Farm fresh local hakurei turnip
Farm fresh local green beans
Farm fresh local leeks
Local smoked cherry beef
Rice paper wrappers (gluten-free)
Ingredient Note: Verjus is the pressed juice of unripened grapes. Black Star Farms winery makes verjus locally. You can purchase it online through Black Star Farms’ website or from its tasting room locations in Traverse City and Suttons Bay
Lemon basil dipping sauce
Zest lemon, mince lemon zest and juice lemon. Reserve zest and juice. Mince two medium or three small garlic cloves and add to glass jar. Mince two tablespoons of lemon basil and add to the jar with one teaspoon lemon zest. Stir in two tablespoons verjus, one tablespoon tamari, one tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon sesame oil and one teaspoon of sesame seeds.
Remove the leaves from collard green stems. Slice one cup of collard green leaves into one-inch-long sections. Slice the top and bottom off of one large hakurei turnip. Using a spiral slicer, slice one cup of hakurei turnip into thin noodles. Trim the tip and bottom off of one cup green beans. Slice two tablespoons of leek into rings and separate rings. Slice one cup smoked beef into matchsticks. Remove 1/2 cup lemon basil leaves from stems. Arrange the rest of the minced lemon zest for use in the spring rolls.
Prepare rice paper wrappers according to package directions. On one quarter of the warmed rice paper wrapper that is closest to your body, layer a tablespoon of collard greens, two tablespoons of hakurei turnip noodles, two green beans, two tablespoons of smoked beef, two teaspoons of leek rings, a sprinkle of lemon zest and top with three lemon basil leaves. Start tightly rolling the rice paper wrapper over the filling away from your body.
Slice the rolls as desired and serve with the lemon basil dipping sauce.
Kristin Celeste Shroeger of Traverse City is the food writer, recipe creator, photographer and dishwasher of The Intentional Minimalist, a website encouraging farm-to-table cooking with local, seasonal and sustainable produce. Visit www.theintentionalminimalist.com.