We mentioned last week that we have an over abundance of cabbages this year and we are still looking for ways to use them up - so today Mom decided to try her hand at homemade spring or egg rolls. Now even though Mom trained as a chef in a past life as she likes to call it - she isn't all that fond of time consuming cooking so if there is an easy way to do it - she will find it! Now we already had the cabbage and carrots so we made our own coleslaw - but a packet mix is just fine.
12 egg roll wraps (we bought them at Walmart but any Chinese grocery will have them)
1/2-1 lb ground pork (or chicken or beef)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 (16 ounce) bag shredded cabbage and carrot coleslaw mix (not quite the whole bag)
4 green onions, sliced
1 egg, beaten with
1 teaspoon water
oil (for frying)
1 - Brown pork with ginger and garlic in pan; drain any grease.
2 - Mix salt, sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Add to pork and mix well.
3 - In large bowl combine cabbage mix and green onions.
4 - Pour hot meat over vegetables and stir well. Let cool slightly.
5 - Lay wrap in front of you so that it looks like a diamond.
6 - Place 3 tablespoons pork filling in center of egg roll wrapper.
7 - Fold bottom point up over filling and roll once.
8 - Fold in right and left points.
9 - Brush beaten egg on top point.
10 - Finish rolling.
11 - Set aside and repeat with remaining filling.
12 - Heat 2-3 inches oil in large frying pan to very hot (350ºF). We used our deep fryer.
13 - Fry a few egg rolls in pan at a time, 2-3 minutes per side.
14 - Drain on paper towels.
15 - Serve with sweet and sour sauce, plum sauce, hoisin sauce or jalapeño pepper jelly.
Now the batch we cooked up made 13 rolls and we froze some for later. To reheat just pop them in the oven for a few minutes to crisp up and taste just as good! Here is the process and we give them all 8 paws rating (even though Mom ONLY gave us a tiny nibble to try - so NOT fair Mom!!!!) And remember - no recipe is set in stone so if you like them spicy you can add some peppers or if there is something you don't like - leave it out :)