Monday, September 27, 2010

How To Make Egg Rolls

My Italian heritage gets a lot of attention. Most of the kids in my family were given Italian names. Francesca, Gina, Frankie Valentine...One child was given a Hebrew name...Ethan. After giving birth to 4 children my mom was finally able to give a child a non-Italian name. She picked Ethan. Cute right? The poor child got ridiculed! My dad got in the habit of calling Ethan, "Ethan Tyler Joseph Johnson Smith Guerrieri." When Ethan went off to kindergarten the teacher asked him his name. Ethan responded, "Ethan Tyler Joseph Johnson Smith Guerrieri." The poor child got in trouble and my dad had to go in to school and explain that Ethan wasn't trying to be smart...he just didn't know his real name.
Here he is with his hater blockers on... I don't really know what that means...

Here he is without his hater blockers...And yes, he dresses even more ridiculous then this on a regular basis.

Anyway, I did inherit my love for tofu from my mom's side. I grew up eating it. I think it's delicious. Some of you may think tofu is disgusting, if you do, it's probably because you haven't tried it seasoned right. I'll have my mom make you some tofu. My mom also liked to make this green gunky soup. It was disgusting (sorry mom!). But don't worry. This post isn't on green gunky soup. It's on Tofu Egg Rolls!

It's super easy and fun and makes you feel fancy as an egg roll can make you feel.
Are you ready to try?

This is what you need...

Tofu Egg Rolls

1 package of firm tofu
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2-3 teaspoons of chili garlic sauce
2 cups of finely chopped cabbage or the angel hair cabbage that comes in a prepackaged bag.
1 cup bean sprouts (1/4 lb)
4 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrots (or more if you want)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 package of Nasoya Egg Roll Wrappers

Crumble tofu in a large skillet over high heat. Add minced ginger and chili garlic sauce. Stir fry until lightly brown (3-4 minutes).  Add cabbage, bean sprouts, onions and carrots, cook for 2-3 minutes. Mix in soy sauce.

Line the egg roll wrapper diagonally toward you. Add a heaping tablespoon to the center.

Pull bottom corner up over the filling.

 Fold the side corners over top.

Like an envelope.

 Roll the bottom up.

 Wet the top corner and fold down

 Wetting the wrapper makes it stick together.

Place egg rolls on a greased baking sheet. Spray olive oil generously over top the egg rolls. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Flip egg rolls over and bake for another 8-10 minutes.

Serve hot with sweet and sour sauce, soy sauce, or...

Peanut Dipping Sauce (From Iowa Girl Eats)

2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons peanut butter
1 Tablespoon hot water
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce

 Bradley and I ate outside. It is starting to get really nice here in the evenings and mornings. A couple more weeks and it will be perfect! I'm ready to turn off my A/C!


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