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Egg Rolls a la Ida Gardner (P, TNT)
Source: Ida Gardner
Serves: 5-6

Egg Roll Skins: Use your favorite blintz leaf recipe.

2 cup coarsely chopped zucchini
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 cup chopped cabbage
handful of fresh bean sprouts
cooking spray
1 tsp. soy sauce
black pepper to taste
sugar to taste

Sauté the zucchini, onion, mushrooms, cabbage, and bean sprouts in the cooking spray in a large skillet over medium heat for 4-6 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, pepper, and sugar to taste.

Take 1 blintz leaf at a time and place it on a flat surface.

Spread about 2 tbsp. of the filling on the leaf in a long-ish mound, leaving a 1/2" border. Fold the top over the filling, then fold both sides over the filling. Roll up like a jellyroll, seam side down. Seal with a bit of water.

Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, coat with the cooking spray, and carefully place the egg rolls in the skillet. Fry until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Poster's Notes:
The first time I ever prepared this recipe was not long after I was married. My husband and I had invited friends for Erev Shabbat dinner. I had bought a whole chicken at the butcher's and then didn't know how to cut it up. I asked my husband--the veterinarian--to cut up the chicken in pieces. David agreed to do it, but he insisted that I stay out of the kitchen since I was [am?] too bossy when I was in there cooking. I left the room, and 30 minutes later, David was still busy in the kitchen. I called in to see how things were going, as I was sure it couldn't possibly take that long to cut up a chicken. David told me to keep out, so I did. After another 15 minutes, with my anxiety level over preparing the food and cleaning up in time for Shabbat was rising higher and higher, I sneaked into the kitchen, and ... Sure enough, David had cut up the chicken...but I flipped out at seeing tiny chunks and slivers of chicken, David's response was, "You said you wanted 'pieces,' not 'parts!'" I quickly called my mother, the food maven, and she suggested making chow mein and egg rolls. Hence, the egg roll recipe, and one unusual Shabbat meal.

P.S. The chicken soup I'd prepared became egg-drop soup in keeping with the "theme" for that evening.

Posted by Sandy Loeffler

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A