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Baked Chinese Spring Rolls

Crispy and light spring roll wrappers filled with tender shrimp, pork, ginger, garlic, fresh herbs and spices and baked to perfection with a zangy ginger tamari dipping sauce.
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizers/ Snacks, Cardiac Friendly, Chinese Cuisine, Chinese New Year, Lactose Free
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 16
Calories: 224kcal
Author: HWC Magazine

Ingredients

Baked Chinese Egg Rolls

  • 16 Spring Roll pastry sheets approximately as it depends on how much filing you are using and the size of your spring roll wrappers)
  • 2 tablespoon canola oil (reserve one to baste spring rolls before baking)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and grated fresh
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 2 cups cabbage sliced and chopped
  • 1 Carrot peeled and grated
  • 1.5 cups mung beans (Bean Sprouts) fresh cut in thirds
  • ½ pound shrimp raw, shelled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoon shao xing wine or sherry
  • 2-3 tablespoon tamari (soy) sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ cup green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1-2 tablespoon cornstarch (to make a cornstarch slurry to help the egg rolls seal)

Ginger Tamari Dipping Sauce

  • 3 tablespoon tamari (soy) sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated fresh
  • chili Optional- bird chili sliced thin, if you like a little heat
  • 1 teaspoon green onions finely chopped

Instructions

  • Take the spring roll wrappers out of the freezer and allow to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes or place in the refrigerator to unthaw for about 2 hours. Keep sealed and do not open package or otherwise they will dry out.
  • In your wok/frying pan add 1 tablespoon of oil (reserve 1 tablespoon of oil for later to brush the spring rolls before baking) Add garlic and ginger until fry until aromatic (if you like it spicy add chili peppers). Add the pork and cook until no longer pink but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add cabbage , carrot, bean sprouts and/or any veggies you like and fry for a minute and then add the shrimp and cook just until pink. Add shoaxing wine (cooking sherry), tamari (soya sauce) to taste, white pepper, sesame oil and green onions and mix well. Drain in colander to remove the moisture and press down to remove the excess juice from the mixture. Set aside.
  • Remove the spring roll wrappers from the package. Carefully remove slowly and carefully peel away one spring roll wrapper and lie on your clean working surface. Place the rest of the unused spring roll wrappers under a damp clean cloth so they do not dry out (very important step). Preheat your oven to 190 degrees C (or 375 degrees F)
  • Place the spring roll wrapper with one of the pointed edges towards you, like a diamond. With a brush or your finger paint the outsides with the cornstarch slurry to help the spring roll stick. Place one tablespoon of delicious pork, shrimp and veggie filling on to the pointed edge and then fold over the flap away from you and press tight. Fold in the sides and keep the spring roll tight as you gently squeeze and roll away from you. Brush another thin layer of cornstarch slurry on the back half and continue to roll tightly until sealed. Place seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue the same process with the remaining spring rolls wrappers and filling. (Don't worry if the first few spring rolls you try to roll look like a disaster. Practice makes perfect and you have about another 15 spring roll attempts to get it right)
  • Brush the spring rolls gently on both sides with a little canola oil. Bake seam side down for about 10 minutes. After the first 10 minutes turn the spring rolls over and brush on a little more oil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Make the dipping sauce. In a small bowl add tamari (soya) sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, green onion and if you like it hot a little chopped bird chili. Mix well and serve as a dipping sauce for spring rolls.
  • Eat and enjoy!

Notes

Makes 16 Spring rolls
The only item that is a must have is the spring roll wrapper. These can be found in the freezer section of your market. During my last visit to the States I found these in both Krogers and Meijers in the frozen food section. However, in other areas of the world you may have to visit an Asian Super market to get this item. I used Doll Spring Roll pastry wrappers that are made in Hong Kong. You need to store the spring roll wrappers in the freezer until you are ready to use. You can either thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator over 2 hours. It is super important that once you open up the spring roll wrappers, you need to cover the ones you are not using with a clean wet cloth to prevent the spring rolls from drying out. Trust me this step is very important.
The one main point that I cannot reinforce enough is that you must drain and remove as much of liquid moisture from the cooked filling as possible before putting it into the spring roll wrappers as this keeps your spring rolls crispy and delicious when baked.
These delicious baked spring rolls can be assembled together up to 3 hours in advance and then just pop in the oven when your guests arrive. In addition, the spring rolls could be assembled and then frozen without baking them and then just take them from the freezer to the oven to be baked on the day you want to eat them. (However, you will need to increase your baking time by about 10-15 minutes)
Rolling a spring rolls is quite easy. Think of it as rolling up a tortilla or maybe do you remember bringing home your newborn home from the hospital and wrapping them snug as a little bug so they slept through the night? This is the same concept. You want to wrap your little spring rolls tight so they do not come apart during the baking process and of course you get style points with all of your family and friends.
Place the spring roll on a clean surface and face it towards you like a diamond. Paint in a layer of the cornstarch slurry around the edges of the spring roll.
Place a heaping tablespoon of the delicious filling on the side and then fold over the edges and start to roll up.
Make one last brush with the cornstarch slurry on the end and roll up. Now it is just as easy as that...! Just need to bake and eat!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.5g | Protein: 11.7g | Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 1.2g