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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spring Rolls, Egg Rolls, and Strawberry Blintzes

Suddenly I like to cook again.  Huh.  Weird.  We'll see how long this lasts.  

This morning I wanted some fresh spring rolls, but my family doesn't really like them.  So I decided to make egg rolls too, since they have about the same ingredients.  The blintzes were just a bonus since I had some extra egg roll wrappers.  Here are the recipes if you want to try them.  
(The fresh spring roll recipe and sauce is my moms and the egg roll and blintzes recipes are mine.)

Oh, and by the way the tamale recipe from the other day was just a conglomeration of the recipe on the back of the package and one I googled.  Here is the one I used.

Spring Rolls

1/2 lb. sausage, browned and drained.
Add and saute for about a minute:  Shredded carrots, finely chopped onion, cabbage, celery, mushrooms, and bean sprouts.
Remove from heat and add about 1/8 cup soy sauce.  Let the mixture cool for a few minutes.  It should look something like this:
This much filling made 16 large egg rolls.  

Soak some Maifun rice noodles in warm water for a few minutes until soft.  (You can get them at any grocery store.)
Now assemble:  Lay out an egg roll wrapper, spoon a couple of Tablespoons of mixture in the center, add some rice noodles, and roll like the pictures show on the back of the egg roll wrapper package.   
Then deep fry them.  Oops, didn't get a pictures of them fried.  Okay, they aren't exactly healthy, but they are yummy...  

Now the healthy ones:

Fresh Spring Rolls

Soak Rice Spring Roll wrappers one at a time for a minute or two, then fill with:
carrots, avocado, cucumber, cabbage, mushrooms, and green onions sliced in thin strips: 
Also add softened Maifun noodles, bean sprouts, and cilantro,

Then roll up sides and slice in 
half.  So healthy and yummy!

I dip them in homemade peanut sauce:  
peanut butter
soy sauce
rice vinegar
lots of fresh garlic

Or you can use soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or plum sauce.  

I could eat them all day.  

And the blintzes were just an experiment that turned out really well.  I took the extra egg roll wrappers and smeared on a little whipped cream cheese, some fresh sliced strawberries, and some semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Then rolled and fried like the egg rolls.  
We actually fried these first so they didn't taste like sausage and garlic.  They are a little bit tangy and sweet.  Better than I expected.  I should have rolled them in powdered sugar after to make them a little prettier, but forgot.  

So what got into me today?  No idea.  I'm not hearing any complaints from my family though.  And we have enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow.  Bonus!


Melissa said...

I am sitting here looking at the pictures - my mouth is salivating and my stomach growling! Not good at 10:30 at night. They look delicious! I am glad you took the time to take pictures and put detailed instructions - it helps a novice like me think I can actually try it on my own.

Debbie Murdock said...

OOOOO...yummy!! They also have this chile sweet stuff that is oh so good. And you can never go wrong with strawberries!