I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Egg Rolls

Okay, I have received a lot of requests for my egg roll recipe. So, I have decided to take some liberties with my blog and publish my egg roll recipe.  I have been perfecting this recipe for close to 10 years; tweaking and adjusting.  I started making egg rolls when we were preparing lunch every 3rd Sunday of the month for Revlon House. No matter what we served (Chinese, Mexican, Indian, etc.) we had to make egg rolls.  We made between 75-100 egg rolls each time.  I have made egg rolls for office pot lucks and as a treat/snack for my team. I have even been asked to make it for individuals.  Well, here it is.

6 stalks green onions (chopped)
1 small cabbage head (shredded)
1 can sliced water chestnuts (cut into matchsticks)
2 carrots (peeled and julienned)
1cup fresh bean sprouts
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tblsp oyster sauce
1 tblsp ginger paste
1 tblsp garlic (minced or paste)
2 tblsp sesame oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tblsp sugar
salt and pepper
1 pkg egg roll wrappers (large)
2 tblsp canola or olive oil
Additional oil for deep frying (approx. 3 cups) preferably peanut oil
bowl with 1 cup water and 1 tblsp of flour - mixed well

For pork mixture:
1lb ground pork
3 tblsp soy sauce
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp sugar
1 tblsp oyster sauce
salt and pepper

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the pork mixture. Using your hands, mix the ingredients well.  Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, green onions, bean sprouts and water chestnuts.  Mix well.  In a separate bowl combine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chicken broth, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Whisk until ingredients are totally incorporated.  Pour into bowl of vegetables.  Mix well making sure all the vegetables are well coated. Set aside, stirring occassionally.

In a pan, heat 2 tblsp of oil.  Add the pork mixture, stirring constantly and breaking up the meat while cooking.  Brown the pork and break up until crumbly.  When done, add the pork to the vegetables.  Mix well, stirring until pork and sauce is totally incorporated with the vegetables.

Unwrap egg roll wrappers. Remove one wrapper and place infront of you on the clean counter.  Have one of the corners pointing towards you (a triangle).  Get a heaping table spoon of the filling (make sure you drain the sauce). Place the heaping filling at the point closest to you. Shape filling into a log. Start rolling the egg roll at least once then bring in the end points toward the center of the roll. Continue rolling the egg roll away from you.  until you reach the end point farthest from you. Dip your finger in the bowl of water and flour, run it on the edge of the point and finish rolling the egg roll. Set egg roll aside and do the same with the rest of the wrapper and filling.

Heat oil in a large dutch oven or deep fryer.  When temperature is hot, slowly add egg rolls. Do not crowd, only put in about 4 at a time.  Fry until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Remove from pot and allow to drain on paper towel.  Serve with your favorite sweet and sour or duck sauce. Don't forget the fried rice and you have lunch or dinner.

Note: You can add a 1/2 lb cooked chopped shrimp as well.

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