Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

South West or Tex Mex Egg Rolls are featured appetizers at many well known restaurant chains.  It’s one of my favorites at Chili’s and Cheesecake Factory where I order them all every time we choose to dine at one of them.  I know they’re considered appetizers but most of the time I order them as my main course, that way I  get a whole plate of them to myself!

I’ve actually seen them frozen and ready to fry at several grocery stores.  They’re marketed as the “original” Chili’s or Cheesecake Factory Egg Rolls.  They also carry a hefty price tag which I’m not willing to pay for something I still have to fry!

But I can definitely make these yummy crunchy rolls of Tex Mex goodness at home.  It’s super easy!  I usually make a big batch and freeze some for later, they freeze very well.

Now there are 2 versions of this Egg Roll, one uses actual Egg Roll wrapper usually found at any Asian Market, and the other rolls the filling in flour tortillas.  The former makes for a delicate crispy egg roll as the wrapper is a thin pastry just like the egg rolls you’ll find at most Asian restaurants.  The latter has a different look and crunch as the tortilla is a much thicker wrapper.  Either way they’re delicious!

I use the frozen grilled chicken strips to make my egg rolls, but you can make your one cooked chicken to use in this recipe.  This recipe makes a large pot, whatever I don’t roll into egg rolls I make into bowls by serving it over a bowl of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

To freeze roll the filling in egg roll wrapper or tortillas and place in freezer bags.  Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

These egg rolls are delicious dipped in a Creamy Avocado Sauce or topped with Pico De Gallo.  The recipe for the sauce is included at the bottom of the egg roll recipe.

South West Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Green Bell Pepper, diced

1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel.

1 Can Black Beans, drained

1 Can Corn Kernels, drained

1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin, adjust to taste

1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder, adjust to taste

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese

1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas

Oil for frying

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in large pan.

Saute onions about 1 minute or until they start to turn translucent.

Add garlic and continue to saute.

Add peppers and cook until peppers start to get a bit soft.

Add Chicken, beans, and corn.

Add in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Salt.  Mix until well combined.

Add Tomatoes and cook until any liquid in the pan starts to thicken.

Add Cilantro and cook until it starts to wilt.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts.

Set aside and prepare your wrappers.

Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of your wrapper and spread into a line across.

Roll the filling in the wrapper burrito style.

Heat about 2″ of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer if you have one.

Fry rolls in oil until golden brown.

Cut each roll in half diagonally and serve hot with Avocado Dipping Sauce.

Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1 Ripe Avocado mashed

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Shrimp Shiu Mai

Shrimp Shiu Mai

Last month I was  craving dim sum or steamed dumplings and going out to my favorite Chinese restaurant that still had dim sum carts was out of the question.  The virus thing you know.

So after searching for frozen dumplings that would hit the spot I decided that I had to DIY my own.  It’s tedious, frozen ones are so much easier.  But I wanted shrimp dumplings, not chicken and shrimp or pork and shrimp, just shrimp.  So armed with my bamboo steamer and wanton wrappers I set off to make shrimp shiu mai. And they were delicious!

You can find all the ingredients at any Asian market, they’re pretty basic.

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Shrimp Shiu Mai

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Fresh Ginger, finely grated

1 Tsp Garlic, minced

1/2 Lb. Raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 Cup Water Chestnuts (canned)

1 Egg white

1 Tsp. Soy Sauce

1/2 Tsp. Sesame Oil

1/2 Tsp. Rice Wine Vinegar

20 pcs. Wanton or dumpling wrappers

Directions:

Put garlic, ginger, and shrimp in a food processor.

Pulse until shrimp is broken up.

Add water chestnuts and pulse to chop.

Add egg white, soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar.  Pulse to fully combine.

Place 1 Tbs. shrimp filling on to the center of each wrapper.

With damp fingertips (dampen with water) moisten the edge of wrapper.

Pinch wrapper together into small folds.

Work around the filling so in the end the filling is still visible.

Line bamboo steamer with  parchment paper and place dumplings inside.  Allow some space between dumplings so they don’t stick together.

Steam over boiling water for about 7-8 minutes or until  filling is cooked.

Serve with preferred dipping sauce like soy sauce or seasoned rice vinegar.

 


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Pickled Green Tomatoes

Pickled Green Tomatoes

My husband always talks about how his mother used to pickle green tomatoes when he was growing up in the Middle East.  He said pickled green tomatoes are delicious.

I’m sure they.  It’s also a great way to use the loads of tomatoes we grown in our backyard.  So here’s how we pickle green tomatoes.  First off you’ll want to make sure you pick them while they’re green.  It doesn’t really matter what type of tomato, we use cherry tomatoes as well as the large varieties, just as long as they’re still green and not ripe.

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Pickled Green Tomatoes

Supplies:

Mason Jars with Lids – I use the 64 oz. jars but you can use any size you like

Large Stock Pot – I use my Le Creuset 20 Qt. Stock Pot

Tongs or Jar Lifters

Baking Sheet

Ingredients:

Green Tomatoes – cut cherry tomatoes in half, large tomatoes can be cut in half or quarters

2 Large Jalapeno Peppers cut in half  (optional)

4 Small hot peppers whole (optional)

1 Lemon – quartered

2 Cups White Vinegar

2 Cups Water

1/4 Cup Salt

Procedure:

Wash and dry Green tomatoes and peppers – set aside.

Wash jars and lids with soap and water.

Boil a large pot of water.

Submerge jars and lids in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Remove jars and lids from water and drain.

Place jars upside down on paper towels and let dry.

When jars are dry place them right side up on baking sheet.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place jars in oven for 10 minutes. (Not lids).

Turn off oven but leave jars inside.

Boil water, vinegar, and salt in pot and boil until salt dissolves.  Turn off heat.

Remove jar or jars from oven and arrange tomatoes, peppers, and lemon inside quickly.  Jars and water mixture must both be  hot.

Pour liquid over tomatoes.

Cover with plastic wrap and let cool down.

When they have cooled down put lids on and store in a cool dark place for about 6 weeks for tomatoes to pickle.

Once you’ve opened the jar store in the fridge.  I will keep for about 2 months.

Use them however you use pickles.

 


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Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

When you’re looking for something comforting and carb-y, nothing fits the bill like a good carbonara. This version adds a bit of protein by way of sautéed chicken breasts, making it the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner. No fettuccine on hand? Spaghetti, bucatini, linguine, or capellini would all be great instead. Happy slurping!

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YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 25 MINS
INGREDIENTS

12 oz. fettuccine
4 slices bacon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 large eggs, beaten
3/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
1/3 c. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and return to pot.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until bacon is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and drain half the fat in skillet.

3. Add chicken to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Season generously with salt and pepper and cook, flipping halfway through, until no longer pink, 10 minutes.

4. Reduce heat to low and return bacon to skillet. Toss, then add cooked pasta and toss until combined.

5. In a small bowl, beat together eggs, Parmesan, and parsley and season with salt and pepper.

6. Pour egg mixture over pasta and toss until coated, then add a couple tablespoons pasta water until creamy. (Add more pasta water by the tablespoonful as necessary.)

Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve immediately.


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Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

Asian restaurants specializing in Korean Fried Chicken seem to be popular these days.  Bonchon Chicken, a franchise from South Korea has opened over 100 restaurants around the country.

So what is Korean Fried Chicken and how does it differ from other fried chicken?  Korean Fried Chicken or KFC as it’s known to some is chicken that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.  But what sets it apart is that sticky sweet and spicy sauce it’s dipped in.  It really is delicious!

If one were to travel to South Korea you’d find many fast food joints dedicated to this dish; each one touting their own special sauce.  But traveling to South Korea, or just about anywhere right now, doesn’t seem to be a realistic option for many of us.  So as I’ve been sharing some of my favorite foods from all over the world.  In short bringing home the flavors and memories of my travels.  Today I’ll share a recipe for Korean Fried Chicken, my family says it tastes just like the real stuff!

This recipe takes a bit more effort to make and probably a trip to the Asian Market for a couple of the ingredients, but believe me it’s well worth the effort.  In an absolute pinch if you can’t find Goochujang Paste, the Korean Chili Paste, you can substitute Sriracha chili sauce or a Thai Chili Paste, it will be close but not the same.

The recipe is divided in 4 stages; the marinade, the coating, the sauce, and the garnish.  You can make the sauce ahead of time and reheat just before serving.  To maintain the crispiness chicken should be served as soon as it’s fried, it looses the crispness as it cools.  I prefer to use boneless skinless chicken thighs, but boneless skinless breasts can be used as well.

Korean Fried Chicken

Ingredients:
The Marinade:

6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs cut into bite size chunks

1 Cup Buttermilk

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. White Pepper

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

The Coating:

1 1/2 Cup flour

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Black Pepper

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Smoked Paprika

1 Tsp. Chili Flakes

Oil for frying

The Sauce:

2 Tbs. Gochujang Paste

2 Tbs. Honey

4 Tbs. Brown Sugar

4 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Tbs. Minced Garlic

2 Tsp. Minced Giner

1 Tbs. Vegetable Oil

1 Tbs. Sesame Oil

Garnish:

1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 Tbs. White Sesame Seeds

1 Tbs. Black Sesame Seeds

1/2 Small onion thinly sliced

Directions:

Mix Marinade ingredients together and pour into a Ziplock bag.

Add chicken and coat with the marinade.

Place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour.

Heat a large pan of vegetable oil, make sure you have about 2 inches of oil in the pan.

Mix the coating in a bowl.

Lift pieces of chicken from the marinade and let the excess drip off.

Drop into the hot oil until it’s cooked.  Coating should be deep golden brown and if you cut a piece of chicken in half the meat should not be pink.

Drain cooked pieces of chicken on paper towels and keep warm until all the chicken has been fried and the sauce is done.

Place all the sauce ingredients into a saucepan and stir.

Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

Place cooked chicken into a large bowl, pour sauce over it and gently tossed until all chicken pieces are coated with sauce.

Move to serving dish and garnish with cilantro, onions, and sesame seeds.

Served with steamed white rice and Stir Fried Baby Bok Choi this dish is amazing!

 

 

 

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