Egg Rolls = Best Friend

Filipino Egg Rolls
How was your Super Bowl weekend?
Ours was good, no one we wanted to root for so instead we rooted for some good food and good commercials.
Glad we had the food.

This weekend I also attempted to make my dear friend Rebecca’s Egg Rolls.

Ah but these are not the Chinese egg rolls that you find in your local restaurant. Nooooo sir, these are Filipino egg rolls and there is a difference.

First, they taste better.

Period.

Second, they are much thinner making them even more crispy and just yummy.

The first time I was ever introduced to the world of Filipino egg rolls was December 1996 at Rebecca and her young, charming husband Bernie’s annual Christmas Party.
They were so good that I think I may have even shoved some in my purse for later.
Well, it was Rebecca’s mistake making these for the party because for the past 15 years we have been kinda pesky about said egg rolls.

                           “Rebecca, would you mind making these for my birthday party?”

“Umm, Rebecca, could you just center my entire bridal shower AROUND the egg rolls??”
“Uhhhh, can I have some for a birthday present…no need for a Target gift card, just egg rolls please??”
In fact, I have two pictures of Rebecca at events making the notorious egg rolls:
Rebecca frying her egg rolls     At my bridal shower
Rebecca making her famous egg rolls
At baby shower #2
In fact, she held baby shower #1 but made it a breakfast shower. (to get out ofme asking for egg rolls, more than likely)
Rebecca and Kari 1999
Baby Shower #1
January 2000
what shoes were we wearing and what is up with my hair??
 
Rebecca and Kari 2007
Baby Shower #2
October 2007

Five years ago, Rebecca sat me and my mom down and taught us how to make egg rolls in my kitchen. It was so much fun but I think we spent too much time laughing and talking because I didn’t remember how to make them. Even withthe recipe.

So this past weekend I decided to tackle the egg roll issue at hand and gasp destroy make them myself.

 

Egg roll assembly
After cooking the meat and veggies (I prepped them the day before so they would be cold to add), I lined up the meat in the spring roll wrapper.
Making Filipino Egg Rolls
And rolled the egg rolls up….
Egg Rolls
And here is the finished product before frying!
And here they are all fried and ready to eat.
Deep Fried Egg Rolls
I am so proud of myself for attempting this! I have always loved to cook but I would call myself a cautious cook meaning I don’t always try new things but the things I do cook are good and tried/true recipes. I think if you cook every day of the week (like me), you tend not to try new things because you are tired of cooking at the end of the week.
One of my new years resolutions was to try a new dish once a month.
So I think I am off to a great start in 2011!

But I think I may still have to ask Rebecca for my birthday egg rolls…..nobody does it better than her.

Head here for a printable Egg Roll recipe card.

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