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Egg rolls are a popular appetizer that has its origins in Chinese cuisine but is now enjoyed all over the world. The crispy exterior of the egg roll is filled with a flavorful mixture of vegetables and protein, making it a perfect snack or appetizer. While egg rolls are readily available in restaurants and food stalls, making them at home can be an enjoyable and satisfying experience. In this blog, we will walk you through a step-by-step recipe to make delicious egg rolls at home.
For the filling:
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
- 1 cup cooked chicken, shredded (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the egg roll wrapper:
- 8 egg roll wrappers
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup water
Oil for frying
Prepare the Filling
Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
Add the Vegetables
Add the shredded carrots, cabbage, and bell peppers to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they are slightly softened.
Add Chicken (Optional)
If you are using chicken, add it to the skillet and mix well with the vegetables. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is heated through.
Season the Filling
Season the filling with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the skillet from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
Prepare the Egg Roll Wrapper
In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and water to create a paste. This paste will be used to seal the egg roll wrapper.
Assemble the Egg Roll
Lay one egg roll wrapper on a clean surface with one corner pointing towards you. Add a spoonful of filling in the center of the wrapper.
Fold the Corners
Fold the corner closest to you over the filling, tucking it in slightly. Fold the sides over the filling as well, creating a pocket.
Roll the Wrapper
Using the egg wash as glue, roll the egg roll wrapper tightly until the filling is completely enclosed. Seal the edges by pressing firmly.
Repeat with Remaining Wrappers
Repeat the process with the remaining egg roll wrappers and filling until you have made as many egg rolls as you desire.
Fry the Egg Rolls
In a large skillet or pot, heat enough oil to cover the egg rolls over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully add the egg rolls and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
Drain and Serve
Using a slotted spoon, remove the egg rolls from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain any excess oil. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce.
- Don’t overfill the egg rolls, or they may burst during frying.
- Make sure to seal the edges of the wrapper well to prevent the filling from leaking out.
- Use a thermometer to monitor the oil temperature, which should be around 350°F for frying.
Egg rolls are a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that can be customized to your liking. With this recipe, you can make crispy and flavorful egg rolls at home that are sure to impress your family and friends. So, next time you’re in the mood for some Chinese-inspired appetizers, give this recipe a try!