Wednesday, March 21

Chinese style MeatRolls

Meat rolls are extremely good for midday snacks. If made in large batches they store well, reheat nicely, and can even be frozen if desired.

This will make 10-12 rolls
Full time: 20 minutes
You will need:

1 package rice paper
1 small head baby Bok Choy, diced fine
1 lb. ground turkey (or pork)
2 tbsp dried cilantro
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground white pepper

Let us begin:

In a large bowl mix ground meat with all spices except cilantro

I mix for a few minutes, it is hard to see if everything is fully being incorporated so I came up with this little trick...

Now add in cilantro and mix again, look for the little green pieces to evenly disperse, if you do this 2 step mixing then your sure to have an even taste

Now add in Bok Choy and mix just to incorporate

Set a silicone mat next to where you will be working for finished rolls

Use another one to work on, rice paper likes to stick to most other surfaces

Pour about 1/2" of water into a shallow plate and let's begin rolling

The rice paper will be very stiff and bumpy, to prepare it for rolling: submerge in warm water and hold down for 15-30 seconds.

Carefully remove with two hands to silicone mat, place 1/3 cup mixture on rice paper, near the lower half

Gently roll from bottom up, roll tight, air bubble will make oil splatter later

When you reach the 3/4 way mark tuck in sides

Continue roll to finish

Move to your finished roll mat. Repeat until you are out of meat

Let rolls set for 1-2 hours in refrigerator to drain of excess water

Now bring 1" cooking oil to 350 in a sauté pan over medium high heat

Gently place rolls in heat and cook for 3-5 minutes per side until lightly golden. You will want to fry these on 4 sides to get meat evenly cooked and color even through out roll

Move cooked rolls to drip rack while frying remaining rolls, once done serve immediately.

If freezing allow to cool completely, then store in air tight container for up to 60 days. To heat bake in 400 oven for 15-20 minutes