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Monday, June 9, 2014

Jalapeño Popper Bacon-Wrapped Spring-Rolls

Everything is better in spring roll form. 
So remember when I said all I wanted to eat was jalapeno-popper based foods? This has not changed in any noticeable way. 

Long-time readers (Hi Dad!) may remember that this blog was originally entitled Fry Baby Fry and was supposed to be about my (mis)adventures in deep frying foods. Then I got chubbly after moving to Sask and decided that deep frying meals was probably not a good lifestyle choice as my metabolism was not content to stay as it had been for the first 25 years of my life. Middle age. Bummer. 

But that does not mean that I don't bust out ye old Fry Boy on occasion. Most recently on a rainy Sunday when my fiancee was lying abed and proclaimed that his life would be perfect if he had a feast of jalapenos. I was fiddling around in the kitchen anyway and thought, hey - why not, let's take the jalapeno wontons a step further. And wrap some of them in bacon. 

You're welcome EARTH.

These are essentially the exact same thing, only in spring roll form. I highly recommend them as they can also be baked (boo!/yay!). These are not a make ahead food as they tend to get soggy after spending a night in the fridge, but I highly recommend them for your next tex-mex fiesta or superbowl Sunday.

jalapenos! Sliced length wise into pieces about 1 cm wide. 
cream cheese! Sliced into pieces approximately the same length and width as your jalapenos. 
cheddar/mozza/monterey jack/cheeeeeese! Sliced into pieces also the same length and width of your jalapenos (do you see where this is going?)
diced cilantro and/or green onion
spring roll wrappers! (found in the frozen section of your grocery store OR near the tofu), thawed if frozen. 
an oil suitable for frying such as canola or peanut

the amounts will vary depending on how many spring rolls you set out to make. 

other things you will need:
a deep fryer/wok/baking tray
tons for deep frying/turning your baking spring rolls
paper towels for resting your spring rolls upon. 
a small dish filled with water for dipping your finger in
a cutting board and knife

  1. Assemble your ingredients. This whole process goes super quickly if you prep your ingredients and churn these out like a Ford assembly line (RIP Detroit). 
  2. If you're deep frying, pre-heat your deep fryer to about 375 degrees. 
  3. Place your spring roll wrappers in front of you, on a diagonal so they look like a diamond  <>
  4. About 1/3 of the way up your spring roll (from the bottom up), place a few jalapeno sticks, a stick of cream cheese, a stick of cheese, and a sprinkle of cilantro and green onion.  
  5. Flip the bottom corner up, then the left and right sides in, and roll up like .... like a spring roll. Seal the top seam with a finger (preferably yours) which you have dampened in some water. 
  6. If you're using bacon, simply twine your bacon around the spring roll from one end to the other. It should stick to the wrapper, but if necessary you can secure with tooth picks. Just remember to remove them prior to eating. 
  7. Repeat until your run out of ingredients, wrappers, or will to live. 
  8. In batches suitable to the size of your fryer, pop these in and fry for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. 

Available in bacon and non-bacon varieties. 

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