The Shady Porch: Homemade Egg Rolls Sure Beat Takeout!


Homemade Egg Rolls Sure Beat Takeout!

There is no reason to pay big $$ for take-out when you can make it better at home! Making your own egg rolls can be fun too! You can make an assembly party out of it with all the filling and rolling that must be done.

These egg rolls are crispy golden brown with a delicious filling of fresh cabbage and carrots and if you choose, you can also add, pork, chicken, or shrimp. Some folks won't even try Chinese food, however, if you can get them to eat an egg roll, they usually love 'em!
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Crispy delicious egg roll dinner!

Homemade Pork Egg Rolls  

1 1/2 lbs ground pork (we also had some leftover pork tenderloin we shredded and added to the mix)
1 1/2 t. ground ginger
3 t. chopped garlic or 1 1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 head of cabbage - chopped
3 carrots - minced or shredded
3 T. flour
2-3 T. water (enough to make smooth flour paste)
24 egg roll wrappers (thawed to room temperature)*
approx. 5-6 cups of oil for frying (we used vegetable oil)
 *(I read somewhere that frozen wrappers make better egg rolls than the wrappers found in the deli section of the store).

In skillet or wok, fry the ground pork with the ginger and garlic, until brown.  Drain and set aside.

Homemade Egg Rolls recipe cabbage dinner chicken pork shrimp
Seasoned pork, cabbage, carrot filling
In food processor or using a hand grater, chop 1/2 head of cabbage and 3 carrots (I used 9 baby carrots). Add the cabbage/carrot mix to the seasoned pork, mix well. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix 3 T. flour and enough water to make a paste. Add water gradually, while stirring to prevent lumps. Set aside.

In another large pot, heat oil to about 350°F. 
While oil is heating, assemble your egg rolls. I prefer to have all of the egg rolls wrapped before I begin frying them. Do not stack the egg rolls unless you put wax paper between the layers so they don't stick together. 

Wrapper & filling ready to roll!
Rolling the egg rolls: Be sure the filling is completely drained of excess liquids that might have developed. Lay out one wrapper with a corner pointed toward you. Place about 1/3 to 1/4 cup of filling on the wrapper, spread it out a little. Take a little of the flour glue and spread it around the edges and fold the corner over the filling. Seal the edges. Tuck left and right corners in toward the center and continue to roll.

Continue to roll, and tuck the sides. When you get to the end, add a little flour glue and seal. Repeat the process until all of your egg rolls are tightly wrapped and sealed. Makes about 24 egg rolls. We fried 12 and froze the rest for another dinner!
Takes about a minute and a half to fry.
When the oil is ready, add each egg roll one at a time, carefully. We fried about 6-8 at a time. Fry until golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Serve with favorite sauces for dipping. We like soy sauce but they're great plain too!

Homemade Egg Rolls recipe cabbage dinner chicken pork shrimp
Serving Up! Would you like that with soy sauce?
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