Chinese Egg Rolls -Time Consuming but SOO worth it.

yield: Makes about 24

active time: 1 3/4 hr

total time: 2 1/4 hr

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 4 cups peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 bunches scallions (about 10), white and pale green parts cut into 2-inch lengths, then cut lengthwise into very thin matchsticks (2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into very thin matchsticks (2 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into very thin matchsticks (1 cup)
  • 8 large fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps sliced 1/4 inch thick (3 cups)
  • 1 lb medium shrimp in shell (31 to 35 per lb), peeled, deveined, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 lb Chinese roast pork (char siu) or leftover roast pork, cut into 2-inch lengths, then cut lengthwise into very thin matchsticks
  • 1 (1-lb) package Asian egg roll or spring roll wrappers
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Special equipment: a deep-fat thermometer
  • Accompaniments: Asian sweet chile sauce; Chinese mustard

Make filling: Stir together oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and salt in a small bowl until sugar and salt are dissolved.

Heat a dry 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add 2 tablespoons peanut oil, swirling skillet to coat. Stir-fry ginger, garlic, and scallions until scallions are wilted, about 1 minute. Add celery, carrots, and mushrooms and stir-fry until vegetables are softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Push vegetables toward edge of skillet, then add shrimp to center and stir-fry until shrimp are just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add pork and oyster sauce mixture and stir together all ingredients in skillet until combined. Season with salt and transfer to a large shallow bowl. Cool, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Make egg rolls: Gently peel apart wrappers to separate if necessary (wrappers may not be perfectly square).

Put 1 wrapper on a work surface, arranging wrapper with a corner nearest you and keeping remaining wrappers covered with plastic wrap. Stir filling, then spread a scant 1/4 cup filling horizontally across center of wrapper to form a 4-inch log. Fold bottom corner over filling, then fold in side corners. Brush top corner with egg and roll up wrapper tightly to enclose filling, sealing roll closed with top corner. Transfer roll, seam side down, to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Make more egg rolls in same manner, transferring to baking sheet as formed (you may have some filling left over).

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 250°F. Line a large colander with paper towels. Heat 1 inch peanut oil in a 5- to 6-quart wide heavy pot until it registers 350°F on thermometer, then fry 4 or 5 egg rolls (don’t crowd pot), turning with a slotted spoon, until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer with slotted spoon to colander and drain rolls upright 2 to 3 minutes, then keep warm on a rack set on a large baking sheet in oven. Fry remaining egg rolls in batches, transferring to colander and then to rack in oven.

Note: I added some cabbage to this recipe because I like the taste of cabbage. It turned out superb.

What may be one of God’s true fineries

 

If you have ever seen okra, it looks like an angry pea pod or even a fuzzy bean. When cut open it is sticky and kinda weird. However this vegetable is unique because in my opinion it can be prepared only one real way. *mind you this is the only way I have ever had it*…Fry it. Fried foods are my weakness. However since we have once lonely okra plant in the garden, it begs to be fried. Here is a recipe that I made tonight and I eat as I type this….amazing…

Ingredients

Directions

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or Dutch oven to 350 degrees F. (You may not need to use this much oil; do not fill the pan more than halfway up the sides with oil.)

In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, garlic,  pepper,  and cayenne pepper. Dip okra in buttermilk and then dredge in cornmeal-flour mixture to coat well. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and cook until golden brown. (It may be necessary to fry the okra in batches.) Remove from oil, drain on paper towels, and then serve immediately.

Paula Deen, thank you so much.