Saturday, January 5, 2013

egg rolls!

The other day Lucy asked me what my Chinese name was.
She was shocked to find out that I don't have one.
So I gave myself one.


Actually, Crazy Mei.

I think it's fitting, don't you?

And here's what I, Crazy Mei, am going to show you how to make

Egg Rolls!

But first let me make a quick confession to you.
Well,'s not a confession, really.
Because I make no apologies for what I'm about to tell you.

I used some of my Christmas money to buy a fryer.
Oh yes I did.

Just look at her!

I told you I was eliminating processed foods, not FUN foods.

So here we go with our egg rolls!

Buy a whole cabbage.
And take a really cool photo of it, with your reflection in the toaster behind it.
I amuse myself often.

Shred it up.
And shred up a couple carrots.
If you don't have a food processor/shredder...then I guess you'll have to buy
it pre-shredded.  But remember, that's more costly.
(No need to cook the cabbage ahead of time.)

Throw it all in a bowl.
AND add about one cup of unseasoned browned ground pork.
(I set aside some of my pork I ground up for my sausage I made the other day.)
We must always be thinking ahead, girls!

I also added a dash of salt
and a couple dashes of Chinese Five-Spice.

Put it on your egg-roll wraps.
No, I didn't make these.
Baby-steps, people.
Most grocery stores sell them. 
(They're usually in the produce section by the tofu.)

Brush with egg so that it all sticks together.

Then drop them into your brand new fryer!
Or you could do this on the stove.
Or I suppose you could even brush your egg rolls with some oil,
and bake them in a hot oven.

And looky-looky!!
They're delicious.

And don't forget about the sweet and sour sauce.

Yep, you can make that right there in your kitchen, too.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

3/4 cup white sugar (I'm going to try honey next time. Much healthier!)
1/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoon cornstarch

Mix all together in a saucepan, bring to a boil and whisk until thickened.
Remove from heat.
All done!

Egg Rolls

1 cup cooked ground sausage
3 cups shredded cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots
dash of salt
dash or two of Chinese Five-Spice
*These measurements are all approximate!
I just made it up as I went along. 

Sincerely Yours,
Crazy Mei


Madeleine said...


I will do this today for our GOTCHA day!!!!

Karin said...

Looks yummy and I am way too lazy to do that because I don't have a food processor. And I will definitely not be spending Christmas money on one. :)

Barbara said...

Is one of your parents related to the Energizer Bunny? Guess I'm just too lazy too! However, you're setting a good example that many of us should heed. Maybe soon!

Anonymous said...

Just an idea, you can use water to seal the wrappers too and you can do so much with the filling. My kids love it when I add chicken. We've also added bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, and even slivered almonds in the past.

Chris said...

add some eggs and bean thread noodles to the filling. I add oyster sauce (but that's processed) we like the consistency the noodles add to the filling.

Chris said...

we brush ours w/ flour and water (cheaper)
I'm saving my Christmas money for an update to my 'office'

Vicky said...

That looks really good. Do they sell the wraps and spice at a regular grocery store?

I think I want to try these for the girls.

Jean said...

You are a cooking wonder crazy Mei!!
And yes, I wish we were neighbors! CUZ I would have a lot of fun and my whole family would eat a lot better!

Carol A said...

Quick you cook the pork before adding it to the cabbage?? Or do you cook the cabbage with the pork?? I am trying these today...they sound so good!!
Carol Andersopn

Lori said...

I cooked the pork beforehand, but not the cabbage.

I will go back and clarify that in my post, thank you!

Carol A said... do not need to was my stupidity....when I reread the recipe, it clearly stated "browned pork." I just made them for lunch...I baked them instead of frying them. Our store did not have the Chinese spice, so I used ginger and garlic powder. They were good!! The sweet and sour sauce was great also. Thank you for sharing!!
Carol Anderson

Janet said...

You need to start a site like Pioneer Woman!! What would we call you?
We eat eggrolls from a box bought at Sams=0.

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