I usually make a peanut chili beef stir fry using strips of sirloin steak. However, I discovered that by substituting ground beef, I had a divine filling for Vietnamese rice rolls. Vietnamese rice paper comes in a solid pack of translucent, wafer-thin sheets. They are hard to the touch and look brittle but are actually quite strong. After soaking just to soften them they make a delicious wrap for savory fillings and a nice healthy change from fried spring rolls. This is a great starter to have at the center of the table and for everyone to get involved and roll their own.
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