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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Man Pleasing Spring Rolls

Why is this recipe "man pleasing?" Because my husband made it, and it has bacon in it. Spring rolls are deep fried so they are more of an occasional weekend splurge for us than an everyday meal. On a more positive note, this is yet another one of our sneaky ways to get the kids to eat spinach.


Ingredients

1 lb bacon, chopped
1 head of cabbage, chopped
1 bunch of spinach, chopped and stems removed
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1/2 ham steak, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 tsp pepper
24 spring roll pastries
vegetable oil (enough to cover the spring rolls)

Fry bacon pieces and chopped ham until crispy. Set ham and bacon aside. Add the cabbage, spinach, and green onions to the bacon grease and sprinkle with pepper and ginger. Saute over medium heat, stirring frequently, for several minutes or until vegetables are wilted and somewhat soft.

While the hubby was sauteing the vegetables, he was also making fried rice which I will have to post about another time. Steamed rice drizzled with a little soy sauce would also be a good side dish to compliment the spring rolls.

Drain off any excess fat and return the bacon and ham to the pan.

Wrap a little bit of the mixture in each spring roll pastry. He bought a pack of 40 and ended up filling about two dozen.


how much filling to put in spring roll
filling on spring roll pastry

fold two opposite corners of spring roll pastry
fold two opposite corners inward

wrap a spring roll as you would roll a burrito
tuck one of the open ends around the mixture and roll forward

spring roll pastry
finish rolling by flipping the full part forward a few times over the excess wrapper


As you can see, he basically folds, tucks, and then tightly rolls the spring rolls in a similar way to how you would make a burrito. You can seal the edges with a little egg white if you like, but his rolls held together just fine during frying without that extra step. 

Carefully submerge a few of the rolls at a time for a few minutes in hot oil either in a deep fryer, wok, or deep skillet. Cook until the outside pastry is golden brown. The oil is hot enough if it bubbles slightly when you drop the roll into it, and the roll browns in one to two minutes.

Blot cooked spring rolls with paper towels to remove excess oil.

These are crispy, tasty, and filling.

homemade spring rolls with fried rice, green onion, and carrots



Note: Spring rolls are very customizable. Now that you know how to wrap them, you can fill them with whatever you like. You do not have to put meat in them since they are also good with just vegetables. Bell peppers, bean sprouts, and carrots are some sturdy vegetables that will work well in addition to the cabbage. Post a comment and let me know what you put in yours!








2 comments:

  1. I love spring rolls! Somehow they seem so much lighter than egg rolls, lol I love bamboo shoots, I wonder if those would do well in a roll?

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  2. Bamboo shoots sound great! I'll have to try that next time!

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