Egg Rolls with Sweet and Sour Sauce

The following is a guest post from Candice of Ragamuffin Design

Candice says:

I know the term tapas is typically reserved for Spanish food, but I use it to describe meals made of appetizers. It’s just easier than making up my own word. I enjoy late night get-togethers and one of my favorite menu items is egg rolls! In fact, its my most requested! So, I usually go “tapas” style with the egg rolls and include crab wonton’s and dessert pineapple wonton’s. Served with homemade sweet and sour sauce and pineapple glaze. I’ll let you decided what you dip in what. Here is how i prepare my egg rolls and sweet and sour sauce:
Egg roll wrappers(and wontons) can be found in your produce department. If you know where to find tofu look there. A pack should be plenty for one recipe of my egg roll filling.

Egg Roll Filling:

  • 1lb ground beef: a heaping pound is better ;)
  • can of bean sprouts (found in “international” section)
  • grated carrots, about 2 large. (i actually prefer the already shredded carrots. more texture)
Here is the most important tip about seasoning your mixture…
SALT
SALT! I use kosher and believe me, putting it in a cute vintage dish makes it taste better. It does! Just salt and pepper the meat to taste. Add carrots and bean sprouts. Taste your filling before wrapping because if it isn’t seasoned before it’s wrapped up it’s not gonna taste good afterwards!
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Before you start wrapping make a quick cornstarch and water paste. This keeps it together! You are going to drop a spoonful near one corner of the wrapper leaving a little room to make your first roll. Pull the corner over the filling and on the corners to the left and right add a dab of paste and tuck each one into the middle. Then you just roll it up…putting a dab of paste on the final corner. Voila.
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Keep each finished egg roll on a sheet of wax paper to avoid sticking. When you’re finished turn your oil(use peanut oil if possible. less greasy) to about medium heat. While that is heating up it’s time to make your sweet and sour sauce.
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Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vinegar(white or rice)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 T. Ketchup(shut up!)
  • 1T. cornstarch
In a saucepan add the 1st three ingredients and turn to medium high heat. meanwhile whisk the fool out of the ketchup(shut up!) and cornstarch. I don’t want any lumps, people! Return to your sugar mixture and stir until dissolved. Add the ketchup mixture and whisk until smooth. Let this come to a boil. It’s going to thicken and rise quite a bit so don’t be scared. Once it gets to this point it’s pretty much done. You can turn it off and let cool. Sometimes I add finely cut red pepper.
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Once your peanut oil is ready drop a few in at a time. Keep an eye on them because they can cook quickly! Drain on paper towels and maybe add a bit of SALT from your cute vintage dish!
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Candice and all of her cute vintage dishes can be found at Ragamuffin Design.

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Comments

  1. says

    YUM! Thank you for a new filling recipe. I make this for my kidlets. I use 1 lb. ground meat (any you like) & a package of broccoli slaw (slightly cooked so my kids can eat it easily)

    There is usually a bit of left-over filling so I add it to pre-cooked brown rice and scrambled eggs. Refried Rice!

    A winter fav around here. ;-)

  2. says

    I'm here for the ketchup. :) We make these, regularly, but I still buy my sweet/spicy sauce. Thanks for giving me a new sauce to try.. (btw, Whole Foods 365 Organic Ketchup, sans HFCS, has made me a bigger believer!)
    ~Heidi

  3. Carly says

    They really do taste as fabulous as they look… I have had a few (or a few hundred)!! Hope mine can turn out as great as yours; I really am going to try and make them myself sometime!

  4. says

    Oh my, this blog is filled with such comfort food. I really like this one and hope to try it soon. Thanks for visiting my blog. Be sure to click the "follow" button for updates and keeping in touch often!

  5. Rachael says

    Since I'm a vegetarian I will try to see if I can use crumbles with this. If it tastes as good as these pictures look I'm all set!