How to make Egg Rolls from Scratch?
Serve as Appetizer or Main Meal
Do you love egg rolls? Maybe yourself, not in the least cared for those traditional restaurant style ones or simply do not eat the typical Chinese food. With that being said, I must share this recipe to show that even a non egg roll individual or as I call it " Americanized Lumpia" eaters will have a change of heart.
These make an excellent appetizers~since they are considered "finger foods". They may be cut in half and served on a platter with dipping sauce. They can also be served as a main dish along side of steamed or fried rice and stir fry. Either way you serve it, astonishingly guaranteed to be a hit. Serve it at a pot luck, in your next gathering and see the feed backs you will receive. I have prepared this dish numerous times for my family and passed down in generations.
Keep in mind, this recipe is not your traditional egg or Lumpia rolls which everyone is acquainted with. The word "Lumpia" is the Filipino term for spring roll; for those whom are unfamiliar with the word. Having a Filipino/American background growing up, I can proudly state where my knowledge of this particular recipe stemmed from.
Making these through the years for my family and friends, they are quickly devoured up and requested over and over. Even the little people will eat these and ask for more. We love this type of recipe since we do not "prefer" the traditional egg roll with all that cabbage inside of it.
You can make an abundance of them ahead of time and freeze in zip lock freezer bags for later consumption or simply eat any left overs in the fridge cold as a quick snack.
- 1-2 pounds turkey, ground
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- 1cup green beans-canned, french style
- 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1-2 pkgs wrappers, egg roll/large wonton
- 2 cups olive oil, frying
- 1tsp soy, sauce
- 1tsp worcestershire, sauce
- 1/2 of 1 fresh yellow onion, chopped
- 1 jarred sweet and sour, dipping sauce
- First, gather all your ingredients along with a frying pan with lid and spatula. Then place your cutting board and knife in front of you to cut up the fresh onion and garlic. Shred your carrots and ginger. Proceed to next step.
- Place your frying pan on the stove top and saute your onions and garlic with a drizzle of olive oil. When it's caramelized, add your ground turkey meat to the pan and brown.
- Now that your meat is brown, add the carrots, canned french style green beans and ginger to the mix with soy and worcesteshire sauce. Cover and simmer till vegetables are tender for 10 minutes.
- Set the meat and vegetable mix aside to cool to touch. Grab your wrappers, plate and small container filled half way with water. At this point use your frying pan and add the oii for browning the rolls when you have them ready. Now you are ready to go on
- Place one wrapper in front of you in a diamond shape. Next, take your meat and vegetable mixture and spoon in the center. Roll the wrappers, tucking in the ends as you go. Place your finger in the water container and seal the top of the rolls. Continue this step till you run out of the meat mixture or wrappers. Keep in mind don't over fill otherwise, wont roll or seal up nicely.
- Finally, you are ready for frying them up. Place rolls in pan a few at a time but carefully since the oil will be extremely hot. Only cook till the outside of the wrappers are a golden brown. Next, remove the cooked ones onto a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil and let cool.
Wrappers may be purchased at any grocery store located in the fresh produce aisle. You may also visit any specialty Asian food store and find the true " Lumpia" wrappers which are a thinner form then those of wontons.
Would you try this?
There you have it, complete step by step guidelines and illustration of what is often requested to make in our house. Now it's your turn! Good luck.