Egg Rolls

I got this recipe here and made a few modifications to my liking.
I have been using square wonton wrappers lately to make mini egg rolls, but the instructions are the same for full size egg rolls.

Egg Rolls

Chinese egg-roll wrappers (or if you want to do mini egg rolls get the square shaped wonton wraps)
1 very large chicken breast cooked and finely chopped (you could also use Ground pork or shrimp)
1/2 c. carrots shredded
1/2 head of Cabbage shredded (or Nappa Cabbage-Chinese cabbage)
1/3 c chopped green onions
1 egg
Chinese bun noodles (or bean thread; they are in the oriental section)
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp each salt/pepper
Pure Canola Oil

Soak the bun noodles in warm water in a seperate bowl for about 15 minutes or until they are soft. (I only used a tiny section of the package and I actually cut the little sectioned one in half and use the other half the next time.)

Shred the cabbage and grate the carrots; set aside. In a tablespoon of oil, fry the chicken and onion in a large saucepan for a few minutes and add in the carrots and cabbage, mixing well. Heat on medium for about 8-10 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked down. Remove from heat and set aside in a large bowl to cool.

Remove bun noodles from water and drain. Using your hands, mix the noodles into the cooled cabbage mixture, making sure to mix all ingredients well. Add one beaten egg, 1 T. sugar, 1 t. salt, and 1 t. pepper and 2 t. minced garlic, 1 T. Soy sauce. Mix well with hands.

Heat oil in a pan on medium heat (about 1/2 inch deep with oil) **I use the same pan for the oil as I did to cook the chicken and cabbage mixture**

Have a small cup of water for dipping your fingers in to seal the wraps.
Take an egg roll wrap and put a small amount of cabbage mixture in the middle. Fold in side corners and fold up bottom corner. Wet the seams a little and the top corner.

Squeeze it a little as you roll it towards the top and fold over the last flap. Wet the seam again to make sure that it is sealed and carefully place it in the heated oil.Use tongs to pick up the egg roll and flip it over. When the egg rolls are done take them out and place on a plate or cookie sheet covered with paper towels to soak up remaining grease.
They taste WONDERFUL with Sweet 'n Sour sauce! Find the recipe here!!

NOTE: You can prepare all of them then put them in the oil, but I do it as I go. I use a gas stove so often I turn the heat off if the oil is getting too hot and over cooking the outer shell, and turn it back on when it stops cooking it enough... Annoying I know but oil is tempermental! Make sure you get all sides cooked!

You can cook them in a deep fryer, but I find it is harder to get all sides cooked evenly and I also think that they are more greasy that way.

Mini egg rolls: about 22-25 egg rolls

Full size egg rolls: about 11-14 egg rolls.

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Rolo Cookies

There are many recipes for these cookies floating around. These are my own version and I think they're the most moist and easy to make. You'll just have to make sure you don't eat all the Rolos before you make the cookies. :)

2 ¼ cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter/margarine softened
¼ cup sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 small pkg instant chocolate pudding
2 eggs
Approximately 36 Rolo pieces, unwrapped

Mix flour with baking soda in separate bowl. In large bowl, combine butter, sugars, vanilla, and pudding. Beat until smooth and creamy. Add eggs. Gradually add flour mixture. Let chill in refrigerator for at least an hour. Roll medium to small amount of cookie dough around each Rolo. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350. Let sit on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes to let the caramel set up. Then place on wire rack to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen.

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Chex Mix

This is a repost of an older post. It just finally has a picture to go with it.

from Aunt Linda

2 cups each (6 or 7 cups total):
Rice Chex, Corn Chex, Golden Grahams ,or Wheat Chex ( I only use the Wheat if I have to)
1 cup coconut
1 cup nuts (optional)

Place in a large bowl.Mix 3/4 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup Karo Syrup in saucepan.Bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes.Pour over cereal. Stir until coated.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Pour cereal mixture on wax paper to cool.

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