Friday, November 2, 2012
Football Party & Homemade Egg Rolls
One of the "most requested" recipes I make for Sunday football is my homemade egg rolls. They seem intimidating but actually are very easy - they just take time. They are also pretty inexpensive to make for a crowd. I sometimes make big batches and freeze the extras to send with my hubby to deer camp. They reheat well on a baking sheet in the oven.
To make about 20 egg rolls , you will need one package of egg roll wrappers, one medium to large head of cabbage, one large yellow onion and one roll of ground sausage. So at my grocery all of that would add up to about $10 - pretty good deal I think. Any ground meat works well but we prefer to use hot ground sausage as it gives these a special little kick. They won't be too spicy for the kids though because the cabbage will balance the heat of the sausage.
First you need to make the filling. I sometimes do this the night before because it really needs time to cool before you roll or the wrappers start to gum and tear from the steam. Start with a large skillet on high heat and brown your sausage - make sure to break it into smaller pieces often - you want it very crumbly so just small bits appear throughout your filling. While the meat is browning, I take the head of cabbage and slice it in thin strips and then chop into short pieces as well. This keeps it from being stringy and all coming out of the egg roll at once when you take a bite. Once the meat is browned (you want that nice dark brown crispy appearance for the best flavor) start adding your cabbage and onion as you chop it. Do not cover your skillet - you want the steam to be released as it cooks so it doesn't get soggy - there should be no need to drain. Stir every couple of minutes making sure to scrape the bottom. Add salt and pepper to season your cabbage. Dice the onion into very small pieces and add that too. Cook until the cabbage and onion are cooked soft and starting to brown a bit and there is no access liquid left in the skillet. Remove from the heat and cool uncovered.
Once you make these they will be a popular request so be prepared!
Posted by April S.