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With the holiday season in full swing, and the big Christmas holiday just a little over two weeks away, holiday entertaining is alive and well in our house. Our schedule is packed full of social obligations, and we’re already planning and prepping the menu for our big Christmas celebration. I’ve been finding myself spending lots of time having friends and family over, and attending lots of get-togethers, potlucks, and parties. I love entertaining, but I don’t like spending all my time in the kitchen preparing. I mean, isn’t the point of having friends over spending as much time with them as possible? I like to have delicious snacks ready in just minutes so I can get my quality holiday bonding time in! Today I want to share an easy holiday entertaining idea with you that’s as simple as it is delicious: my Easy Asian Inspired Appetizer Platter, made super easy with the help of Tai Pei Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls, plus the recipes for four of my unique (but super easy) dipping sauces that you can throw together in just minutes.
When I entertain, I love to come up with fun and unique appetizer ideas–usually some sort of snack that can be personalized with different toppings, sauces, or flavorings. These are always unique and different–and most importantly, crowd pleasing! Giving your guests lots of choices in their snacks without cooking up lots of different appetizer dishes is the best way to make everyone happy without being tied to the kitchen.
Dipping stations are one of my favorite appetizers for easy entertaining. Everyone gets the sauce they want and boom–instantly personalized snacks! If they want to try one or a little bit of everything, they totally can. These dipping sauces can be made ahead of time too, so you can spend even MORE time with your guests and out of the kitchen!
Tai Pei’s delicious egg rolls and spring rolls are the perfect appetizer solution paired with these sauces. Being Filipino, I always tend to serve Asian dishes at Christmas, alongside our other traditional dishes like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and more. Tai Pei’s authentic tasting Asian appetizers go great alongside the rest of my family’s meal.
Not only are Tai Pei’s egg rolls and spring rolls really delicious and tasty, they’re also a cinch to make. Just pop them in the oven on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes, and presto! Appetizers are ready to go. I had such a hard time resisting the delicious scent of the spring rolls, there might be a couple (or several) missing from the pictures. Actually, I’m surprised they made it to being photographed! They’re packed with fresh cut veggies and hearty chicken, all wrapped up in a tasty, crispy wrapper–seriously, what’s not to like?
I picked up our Tai Pei egg rolls and spring rolls in the freezer section of our local Walmart. They have so many flavors to choose from, from chicken to pork to shrimp to veggie–and even spicy chicken for the more daring ones out there. My favorite are the chicken, but the veggie are a close second!
Even though Tai Pei has a totally delish sauce that conveniently comes alongside their egg rolls and spring rolls, you know that I’m always looking to put a unique twist on classic standbys. I created four brand new Asian inspired dipping sauces that go perfectly with Tai Pei’s snacks: Carrot Ginger, Mango Lime, Honey Soy, and Orange Almond. You can make one, or make all four, and give your guests the fun of personalizing their holiday appetizer treats.
Carrot Ginger Dipping Sauce
This sauce reminds me of the salad dressing at one of my favorite Asian restaurants! The carrots give the sauce a sweet base, while the ginger adds a bit of spice, and the rice wine vinegar gives it some tang.
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1″ piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- salt + pepper to taste
1. In a blender, combine all ingredients except water and oil. With the blender running, stream in the water and the oil. Blend for about 1 minute, until oil and water are completely mixed in with the other ingredients. Pour into small bowl and serve.
Mango Lime Dipping Sauce
Mango is an unusual choice for a sauce perhaps, but I was inspired by mango chutney and the flavors of India. I combined the mango with lime for a bit of citrusy sweetness and a little nod to Thai cuisine.
- 3 tablespoons mango nectar
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- brown sugar to taste (I used about 2 tablespoons, but my limes were not particular ripe and sweet)
1. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients except sugar. Gradually add in a small amount of sugar at a time, until it’s sweet enough, but not TOO sweet (it’s not a dessert!).
Honey Soy Dipping Sauce
This sauce is probably the most traditional of these sauces, but the hint of sweetness from the honey makes it a little more unique! The sweetness of the honey is set against a hint of spiciness from red pepper flakes, so you get the best of both worlds!
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. In a bowl, whisk together all ingredients except sesame seeds. Keep whisking until honey is dissolved and fully incorporated into the sauce. Stir in the sesame seeds just before serving.
Orange Almond Dipping Sauce
I love this sauce so much–it’s definitely my favorite! It reminds me of the typical Asian peanut dipping sauce, with a little twist. The use of almond butter gives this sauce a richness that is way beyond your typical peanut sauce!
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2″ piece ginger root, peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. Combine all ingredients except sesame seeds in a blender and process until smooth. Stir in sesame seeds just before serving.
I hope you’ll give these delicious Asian inspired dipping sauces a try–they’re sure to be crowd pleasers alongside Tai Pei’s delicious assortment of egg rolls and spring rolls. For more from Tai Pei, check out their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.