I decided to have a Christmas party with a White Elephant gift exchange, so I wanted to make a lot of yummy and different appetizers! You get tired of the same old dips and crock pot foods at these gatherings so I decided to branch out a little and serve some tasty foods you don’t tend to see very often. I ended up finding myself looking at the Martha Stewart recipes (she’s one of those people I wish I didn’t like, but I can’t help but love everything she makes!). These spring rolls were seriously gone as soon as they were set on the table! I was lucky enough to have a piece before it was all gone and it was so good! Next time I make these, I’ll be sure to leave a few pieces for myself 🙂
To get started, heat a small amount of oil on the pan and cook the sausage and break up into crumbles, cook until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion, cook until soft, then add the celery, carrot, garlic, and fish sauce. Cook until soft about 2 minutes. Add the cabbage, snap peas, and shrimp until it’s pink and cooked through (about another 2 minutes.) Add the pork and salt and pepper. Set aside off heat and let cool for a bit for easier rolling.
Take your wrappers and if they are a bigger size you can pre-cut them, or you can do what I did and cut the spring rolls after they’re cooked.
Whisk the yolk and water in a small bowl. Place one wrapper on a cutting board or flat surface and take one wrapper with a corner facing you. Keep the rest of the wrappers covered with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out. Place a tbsp or so of the filling in the middle of a wrapper and fold the bottom corner over the filling and fold the sides in halfway. Roll the wrapper to form a tight cylinder, leaving the top corner exposed. Brush the top corner with the egg wash and press to seal. Cover with a damp kitchen towel. Repeat until done.
Martha’s recipe calls for frying, but I chose the healthier route by baking.
To fry: heat 1/2 inch of oil in a deep skillet until it reaches 350°. Fry in batches until golden brown about 2-3 minutes rolling each side. Add more oil if needed, drain on paper towels.
To bake: Turn oven on 425°. Bake on baking sheets turning once halfway through baking. Bake until golden brown on all sides, about 30 minutes.
Serve with Sweet Chili Sauce, you can buy this in the international section at local grocery stores.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more as needed and for frying (or not needed if baking)
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1/2 cup minced onion
- 1/4 cup minced celery
- 1/4 cup finely grated carrot
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/2 cup grated cabbage (3 ounces)
- 1/2 cup sugar snap peas (2 ounces), thinly sliced
- 1/2 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined, thinly sliced crosswise
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 10 spring-roll wrappers (8-inch square)
- 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon water