This week I received cabbage in my Bountiful Basket. The first thing I though of was making egg rolls. I started with one package of egg roll wrappers, cabbage, carrots and a seasoned meat mixture. In these rolls, the meat is ground turkey, but I often make them without meat. You can also used chopped shrimp, crumbled tofu, or ground pork.
Mix the cabbage, carrots and the meat mixture, if using, until well combined.
You care going to start by laying the egg roll wrapper with one point toward you. Scoop some of the cabbage mixture onto the wrapper.
Roll the point facing you to the center of the egg roll.
Tuck in the corners, making sure that no filling is poking out.
Rolling away from you, keeping the roll fairly tight. If they aren't tight, then they will come apart when you are cooking them.
You will have this small point left. Using a small pastry brush or your finger, apply a small amount of water to the entire point, then finish rolling. The water will help it adhere to the rest of the egg roll, forming a seal.
At this point you are ready to cook them in a pan of hot oil. Drop them in, cooking until golden brown on both sides.
When I make egg rolls, I make the entire package or even two so that I can freeze the rest of them for later. Egg rolls aren't that hard to make, but can take a few extra minutes to get everything chopped up and ready to go. Having them in the freezer means that I can pull out what I need for dinner that night.
Dinner was lettuce wraps and egg rolls.
1 package of egg roll wrappers
2-3 cups of shredded cabbage
1-1 1/2 cups of shredded carrots
Optional: meat mixture
(ground turkey, ground pork, tofu crumbles, or chopped shrimp cooked with equal parts hoisin sauce and soy sauce and 1 tbs of ginger)
Combine all ingredients and scoop onto the center of an egg roll wrapper. Only pull out one wrapper at a time so they don't dry out.
Drop egg rolls into hot oil and cook until golden brown on both sides.