The moment I met my mother-in-law, I knew we shared a common love: food! Specifically, Asian cuisine. Now, don’t roll your eyes—this isn’t about the cliché stories of in-law rivalry. Quite the contrary—my egg rolls brought us closer! 👩🍳❤️👵
Ever since she first bit into my scrumptious egg rolls, she’s been begging me for the recipe. This isn’t just your average, everyday egg roll recipe. No, no, it’s a symphony of flavors that is sure to stir-fry your senses! 🎵🥡
So, let me spill the beans (or should I say, cabbage? 🥬). It all begins with the filling—a hearty, flavourful mix that will wrap your taste buds in a warm embrace.
The Filling: A Symphony of Flavours
The filling is a simple yet mouthwatering blend of pork, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, and a sprinkle of magic—a.k.a. sesame oil and soy sauce. These ingredients, when brought together, create a perfect harmony.🎶
Tip: Finely chop all the ingredients to ensure a smooth bite and easy rolling. No one wants a lumpy egg roll!
Now, while the filling is a star, the true art is in the roll. And when I say ‘art’, I really mean it. It takes a gentle hand, a little practice, and a lot of love to get that perfect, golden egg roll. 🖌️🥢
Mastering the Roll
Rolling is all about technique. Start at one corner, tuck in the sides, and roll tightly. Remember, you’re not wrapping a gift—you’re wrapping flavour, fun, and a family favourite! 🎁🍱
Tip: Use a bit of water to secure the corner of the wrapper. It acts like glue and keeps your delicious package intact.
Finally, it’s time for the sizzle! A hot and ready oil bath awaits your meticulously rolled egg rolls. But remember, patience is key. Don’t overcrowd the pan, or you’ll end up with egg roll traffic jam! 🚦🍳
The Final Sizzle
These golden parcels of joy only need a few minutes in the hot oil to reach perfection. You’re looking for a golden-brown color and a crispy texture that sings under your bite. 🎤🌟
Tip: Make sure to drain the fried egg rolls on a paper towel to remove any excess oil. After all, we’re serving comfort food, not a grease festival!
So there you have it, the egg roll recipe my mother-in-law can’t get enough of. And trust me, once you’ve tried it, you’ll be in the egg roll fan club too! 🥢🏆
Mother-in-Law’s Favorite Egg RollsCourse: DinnerCuisine: Asian
A quick and easy egg roll recipe that has won the heart of my mother-in-law and is sure to impress your family too!
1 pound of ground pork
1 cup shredded cabbage
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
12 egg roll wrappers
Oil for frying
- In a large pan, cook the ground pork over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the excess fat.
- Add the cabbage, carrots, onions, and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the sesame oil and soy sauce. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
- Place an egg roll wrapper on a clean surface. Spoon about two tablespoons of the mixture onto the wrapper. Fold the bottom corner over the filling, then fold in the sides and roll tightly.
- Seal the edge with a bit of water.
- Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Fry egg rolls, a few at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
- Serve these egg rolls with your favourite dipping sauce.
- The filling can be made a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
- You can also bake these egg rolls in the oven at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I use chicken instead of pork?
A: Yes, you can substitute ground chicken for the pork if you prefer. The cooking time might vary slightly, so be sure to cook until the chicken is no longer pink.
Q: Can these be made ahead of time and frozen?
A: Absolutely! Just prepare the egg rolls as directed, but don’t fry them. Freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag. They can be fried straight from the freezer, just add a couple extra minutes to the cooking time.
Q: Are these egg rolls spicy?
A: The recipe as written is not spicy. However, you can add some heat by including a chopped jalapeño or some crushed red pepper flakes to the filling, or serve with a spicy dipping sauce.