Saturday, August 7, 2010

Vegie Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour dipping sauce

Let's just say that my husband has a new obsession!!! Which is very cool because before we met his idea of dinner was Combos and Mt.Dew! Two really do become one!
Chinese is such a treat, but sometimes scary ingredients and most of the time kind of pricey. These will save you money and you know exactly what is going into them! So take some time to try these out and you will be hooked too...

* Fill a pot half up with oil. Just enough to cover the egg roll when it's in. Begin to heat frying oil on Medium High heat. Put then end of a wooden spoon in to check if oil is hot yet. If it is hot, bubbles will quickly appear around the wooden spoon end.*
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper (or any seasoning you want on the filling)
Any desired vegies chopped tiny- could also add finely chopped chicken
Brocoli Slaw
Egg Roll Wraps
These ingredients can both be found on the produce
wall in the grocer store.


Saute Vegies in Olive oil. Add the slaw and allow to soften. Remove from heat and set aside. Lay out one egg roll wrapper on a diagonal. In the shape of a diamond. Spoon some of the vegie mixture across. Fold the bottom corner up and then wet the outside edges with water. Fold sides in and then roll up to the top. The water will glue the edges closed. Drop into hot oil and fry until the wrap is golden brown. Remove to baking rack with paper towels underneath to soak up dripping oil.

You can make the sauce before, during or after you make the egg rolls. Depends on your level of multi-tasking!

For the sauce:
1/2 cups unbleached sugar
1 cup of pineapple juice- canned pineapple in it's own juice works good.
2 TBSP honey
2 TBSP ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
3 TBSP cornstarch stirred into 1/4 cup of warm water

Combine the sugar and pineapple juice over medium heat. Stirring often. Once it has come together and is smooth, add the other ingredients except the cornstarch mixture. Keep the heat on medium so it doesn't boil too quickly and turn into some sort of strange candy! When it begins to boil whisk in cornstarch until it thickens. Stir for another minute and set aside. This is where you should carefully taste it and determine if the sweet/sour ratio is to your liking. I think each person prefers it a little differently. Add a drop more vinegar or sugar to make it your own.