|(Not the best photo. It was dark, and I took it in a hurry. Don't let that stop you from trying the recipe though!)|
Mini Egg Rolls
Mix in a bowl and set aside:
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
3 C cabbage
1/4-1/2 C carrots
Saute the shredded veggies with:
2 TB soy sauce
2 TB water
Cook thoroughly in a skillet:
1 lb ground pork
2 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 tsp garlic powder
Mix the veggie/pork mixture together in a bowl.
Place a dab of the pork/veggie mixture in the center of a won-ton wrapper. Place a dab of the flour paste on the top corner (this will be the "glue", keeping it together). Fold the side corners in toward the middle. Fold the bottom corner up toward the middle, rolling upward. Continue until you've used up the rest of the pork mixture.
Heat oil (about 1/4" in the pan) in a large frying pan to 375 degrees (medium-high heat). When the oil is hot enough to sizzle, quickly place the mini egg rolls in the pan. Cook until the side is golden brown, then turn over. When both sides are golden brown, remove from the pan onto a plate or shallow bowl that's lined with a paper towel (to absorb any grease).
Serve plain (yes, they're good enough to eat without sauce!) or with your favorite Asian dipping sauce.
They're also easy to freeze. I doubled this recipe and served half at Christmas time, and half at our Super Bowl party today. Once I filled the won-ton wrappers, I placed each mini egg roll on a baking sheet to flash freeze. Then I placed them in a FoodSaver bag, sucked out all the air, and put them in my freezer, Beauty (Yes, I've named my freezer!!). To quickly thaw, I put them in the microwave on defrost for a minute. Then I proceeded to heat up the oil, and cook them following the directions below. In just 5 minutes the egg rolls were ready to serve to guests. It doesn't get any easier than that!
My daughter's a vegetarian, so I used this same recipe and replaced the pork with GimmeLean ground "beef". There were several vegetarians at the party, who agreed these were worth making again!