Monday, March 18, 2013

Rosie Makes Egg Rolls For Her Little Hawthornelets.


The Hawthornes love Asian cuisine.

It's Egg Roll time at the Hawthornes!

Found a pound of ground pork, reduced.

I sprinkled freshly ground salt and pepper over the pork,
added maybe 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
and about a teaspoon of sesame oil.
Go easy on the sesame oil.
A little bit goes a long way.

Your hands are 2 of your best kitchen tools.
Use them.
Mix the pork and seasonings.

I chopped 1/2 an onion and  ...

...  sauteed that with the pork.
After taste-testing,
I got one of my frozen cubes of ginger,
nuked it for about 20 seconds,
squeezed the juice over the pork,
then minced the ginger and added it to the pan.

Pour mixture into a bowl and let cool.

Filling for my egg rolls:
Cabbage, shredded
Radicchio, shredded
Carrot, julienned
Scallions, sliced lengthwise in narrow strips
Radishes, matchsticked
Garlic, minced
Sprouts, sprouted

Add in cabbage to the cooled pork.

Radicchio in.




Mix well.

Dipping Sauce.
I made a quick dipping sauce:
2 TB Tamari Sauce
2 TB rice vinegar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 - 1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small cube of ginger, juiced and minced

Now comes the fun part.
Place pork mixture in the center of egg roll.

Top with sprouts and other fillings.

Brush water along the edges.

And tightly roll.

Pull the sides over
 so it looks like an envelope if you squint.

 And continue rolling.

Heat oil to 325° to 350°.

Hold ALT down and type in 0-1-7-6
and you get a degree symbol.
I never knew that.

Ladle the hot oil over the tops of the egg rolls.
Make lovely blisters!
Fry until nicely browned.

Drain on paper towels.

Serve with dipping sauce,
duck sauce, and a hot mustard sauce.
Doesn't get much better than this.
I love a good egg roll.
And I can't find one on the Outer Banks
unless I make it myself.

This is a sad state of affairs.

Here's a heads up for you:
At the Food Lion shopping center in Nags Head, 
there WAS a Chinese restaurant.
It's closed now.
What's happening with that?
Chinese restaurants on the Outer Banks
are open 365 days a year.
I call them China Macs.
And this one was next to a Subway, Pizzazz Pizza, and Food Lion.
I don't understand.

Not that it matters.
I prefer my egg rolls.

I  flove my egg rolls.

Who wouldn't?

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