With a little effort, and help from Gordon Ramsay, you can prepare really a special start to your dinner party
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Mise en place
Chefs use this French term to refer to getting ready before service in a restaurant. Cooking a special dinner can be quite daunting, so make sure you are prepared, just as Gordon has to be in the restaurant. Cook the fillings for the rolls and timbales the day before, then make them up about an hour before your guests arrive, giving you plenty of time to prepare to impress.
These can be found in Asian stores. Spring roll wrappers are made from a mix of flours, and are not the same as rice wrappers. If you can’t get hold of them, use large filo sheets instead. Allow two sheets per roll, brushed with melted butter or oil, and bake at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for 15 mins until golden and crisp. For a Thai variation, Gordon adds thinly-sliced just-ripe mango.
The sprouts are beans or lentils that have just sprouted so the shoots have not grown too long. They can be bought in Asian shops or health food shops, but if you can’t find them, use longer bean sprouts instead.