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We’re on a roll with Homemade Egg Rolls

Egg rolls.  Ahhhh…just pause for a minute.  

Yep…yep.. there it is.  Deliciously savory, crispity, crunchity, slightly greasy egg rolls.  Not to mention that sweet & tangy dipping sauce.  This is the stuff countries were founded on.  Egg rolls are just a part of Chinese food that everyone loves.  In China, the egg roll comes from the spring roll family.  Spring rolls are basically the same as egg rolls.  Spring rolls can be wrapped in various types of wrappers, whereas eggrolls are predominately wrapped in Egg roll wrappers.

Homemade Egg rolls

Believe it or not Homemade Egg Rolls are so easy!

I could literally eat egg rolls by the dozen if my hips and thighs wouldn’t tell the story LOL! So let’s just say, for the sake of all rational thinking, I won’t be doing that anytime soon.  You know the thing that I enjoy most about homemade egg rolls, is that you can make them anyway you want them.  So if you want a veggie egg roll, a dessert egg roll, a fish egg roll, or a bbq chicken egg roll, you can do it!

The hardest part of making the egg roll is tracking down the ingredients.  So many people ask, where can I buy Egg roll wrappers, and they are literally right under their nose at the grocery store.  Nowadays finding your egg roll essentials should be a breeze.  Which brings me to my all important:
Egg roll dough

List of Homemade Egg Roll Essentials
  1. Veggies- This is where you can have fun, and get really creative with your recipe.  Cabbage, carrots, and onions are the basic vegetable choices for traditional egg rolls.  However, you can get add any veggie that you want (broccoli, spinach, peppers).  You can also buy pre-shredded green mixes.  A prepackaged cole slaw mix will speed up prep time without sacrificing taste.
  2. Protein-Again, this is totally your choice.  I like to add chicken, or ground turkey to my egg rolls.  Traditionally they come with ground pork, but any protein should work fine.  Ground or shredded meat is my personal preference.
  3. Egg roll wrappers  These usually come in packs of twenty.  I like to get a couple packs so I can have one on hand if I get the a craving.
  4. Soy sauce-Soy sauce gives your egg rolls that authentic flavor.  You really need it to make it take like the real thing.

Egg roll filling

As you can see here, I’m laying the egg roll wrapper down and placing meat and vegetables inside the roll.  I’m paying close attention to keeping all the good stuff in the middle so it doesn’t leak out.  Also I’m using two egg roll wrappers per roll.  I’ve found that this really makes them crunchy and heartier.

Rolling egg rolls

I’m folding the corners up here and pretty soon this will look just like an envelope.

Rolling egg rolls

Almost ready to mail into a pot of hot bubbling peanut oil.

Rolling egg rolls

Egg rolls before frying

One thing you want to remember here is to not over stuff your egg rolls.  It’s tempting to want to put a large amount it, but believe me, you don’t want to waste your time cleaning up the mess from an egg roll that opened while frying.

Frying the egg rolls

These don’t take long to fry at all.  And since all we are doing is cooking the Egg roll wrappers, we just need to let them brown on all sides.  This part was a bit tricky because once they are in there, they like to stay on one side.  Just use a wooden spoon to encourage them to flip over.  By the time this was done, I was using two wooden spoons to keep them from cooking on the same side for too long.

Homemade eggrolls

These egg rolls turned out delicious.  There are so many things you can do with Egg roll wrappers.  Have fun and try new flavor combinations.

My thoughts:

If you’ve set out on a journey to learn “how to make egg rolls,” look no further.  They are easy, tasty, and can be whipped up in about 30 minutes or less if you buy the pre-mixed slaw.  You’ve got to try these.  Please let me know how your egg rolls come out!