Welcome to the first installment of Food for Faceholes! The title comes from the usage of everything food related in this house, like my menu planning book and my Pinterest board. I will warn you in advance that this household has exactly zero “foodies”. We are not gourmet. We like things simple, midwestern, low on veggies, high on meat. We are picky eaters and proud of it.
That said, let’s get down to business.
You’re an idiot if you don’t like egg rolls. THERE, I SAID IT. Even me, the intensely defiant lettuce hater, loves these things that are 60% cabbage. My mom has been making these forever and I find them deliciously comforting.
The recipe originally called for a head of cabbage, but that’s a lot of work to blanch it and chop it and I’m lazy. Solution? Cabbage in a bag! Or coleslaw mix! With carrots! Why not! I do run it through a food processor with the green onions to chop it all even finer and that makes them easier to roll. Same with the pork – grind that meat up after it’s browned. (Bonus tip: I grind my taco meat for that Taco Bell like texture. Makes excellent nachos.) I only have one of these (Side note, holy hell I didn’t know they came in colors, I got it as a wedding gift and now, shit, I want the turquoise one) so it takes a few rounds to get it all done, but it’s worth it.
Usually when I make these, I double the recipe below. If I’m going to go through all this work, I’d rather do it once, spend a little more time, and then have the fruits of my labor in the freezer for months! These freeze great, just don’t fry them fully if you plan on freezing them. When you want ‘em, grab them from the frozen depths and pop them in the oven (I generally go 400º, but you could do whatever temp you may be using for the rest of your dinner) on a rack over a cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes and they will heat through and finish browning.
Egg RollsRecipe adapted from Leeann Chin Chinese Cookbook
Yield 16-18 regular sized egg rolls
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp soy sauce
dash of white pepper
1 bag of shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp five spice powder
1 package of egg rolls skins OR wonton wrappers
1 egg, beaten
Mix the first five ingredients and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Run the green onions and cabbage through a food processor if desired, finely chopping it. Brown the pork until no longer pink; grind if desired for even consistency and smaller pieces. Mix the pork, cabbage and green onions in the pan or wok, adding salt and five spice powder. Saute the mixture for a few minutes and then remove from the heat and cool.
Beat the egg in a small bowl and get ready to roll!
Place about 1/2 cup of mixture in the center of an egg roll skin. (If using wonton wrappers, 1 tablespoon will do). Fold one corner over the mixture, fold the sides in, brush the remaining corner with the egg and roll to seal*.
Repeat. Many times.
Heat oil in your preferred frying vessel to 350°. In batches, fry egg rolls until golden brown and crispy. Remember to only fry about 70% of the way if you plan on freezing.
.*Seriously, there are videos and turtorials out there that can demonstrate this better. I don’t know how to explain it clearly. But it ain’t hard, folks! **Original recipe also calls for dried black mushrooms and bean sprouts, so if you like that shit, add that shit.