Chinese Food for Christmas & a Recipe: Crispy Veggie Egg Rolls

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Chinese Food for Christmas | Freckled Italian

After an incredibly busy past few months, I'm really enjoying a slow holiday season and have been planning a super low-key Christmas at home with my little family. I've always loved the idea of doing something non-traditional for Christmas dinner (my family has been known to do seafood on Christmas Eve), and if you know me at all you know my love for Chinese food knows no bounds.

We could always go super easy and order takeout, but I started thinking it might be fun to make our own as a family, so I put together a simple menu of chicken chow mein, beef and broccoli, and some delicious crispy egg rolls to get the whole thing started. Stop by the La Crema blog today to get the two entree recipes, but keep reading here to learn how to make your own egg rolls! (And don't forget to put a few bottles of La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay in the fridge to top it all off.)

Crispy Veggie Egg Rolls | Freckled Italian

Ingredients: 

  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 10 ounces of mushrooms, sliced (I like regular ol' button mushrooms but you could use shiitake)
  • About half of a small cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped 
  • 1-2 handfuls of fresh bean sprouts (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Spring roll or egg roll wrappers
  • Cooking oil (olive or canola), for sautéing veggies and frying the rolls

Instructions: 

  1. In a large pan, sauté garlic, ginger, and green onions together in a little oil for 1-2 minutes. Add the carrots and mushrooms and sauté for another 4-5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are browned slightly.
  2. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil, stirring well to combine. Add the cabbage and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the cabbage has wilted slightly. Remove the entire mixture from the pan and set aside.
  3. To assemble the egg rolls, take a wrapper and lay it down flat. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the veggie mixture onto the wrapper and begin to roll from one side, tucking the edges in as you wrap the roll up. Use a little water on your fingers to seal the whole thing. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.
  4. Add more oil to the pan and heat over medium-high heat. Fry each egg roll for 1-2 minutes per side, or until the wrappers are golden-brown. Serve immediately with your favorite spicy Asian dipping sauce (there's a spicy peanut one at Trader Joe's that I like) or a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, and hot chili oil. 
Chinese Food for Christmas | Freckled Italian

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, and delicious holiday this year.