Makeshift Eggrolls/Lumpia

 

    One day as I was sitting in my living room I had a sudden craving for some lumpia.   Sounds crazy doesn’t it?  Why lumpia I don’t know, but I could just about taste the rolled delicacy, lightly crisped on the outside with the warm inner filling, as it crunched between my teeth. Naturally, I decided to try my hand at making lumpia or something like it since I was sure to be lacking some of the ingredients.   Anyway, the final recipe tasted pretty good and resembled little taquitos.   Some time later I decided to try the recipe again.  This time, however, I had flour instead of corn tortillas.  It was a great improvement.  Unlike corn tortillas, flour tortillas don’t absorb a lot of oil.  The result was a nicely shaped, lightly browned, squashed tubular shaped victual that was slightly crisped on the outside.  It would have made any pastry chef proud...I know I was!!!

Ingredients:

Large Flour Tortillas Lettuce (shredded)
Onion (grated) Soy Sauce
Carrot (grated or finely diced) Cooking Oil about a 1/4 cup

Instructions:

Lightly brown onion in large skillet.
Add carrot and cook until the carrots are softened.
Add the lettuce and douse with a few tablespoons of soy sauce.
Mix well until the lettuce is well coated and limp.  Adding more soy sauce if necessary.
Cover and cook on medium heat until the lettuce is brown and stringy.
In another skillet place a 1/4 cup oil, or enough to cover the bottom.
Heat the oil to frying temperature. (It will sizzle and pop if you add a very small drop of water)

2 ways to roll ‘em:

Lay a couple tablespoons of the mix about 2 inches from the side edge of the tortilla.  Fold that edge over onto the mix and roll up the tortilla.  There will be two open ends.

Or

Lay a couple tablespoons about 2 inches from side edge and bottom edge.  Fold up bottom edge. Fold over side edge and continue rolling up the tortilla. 

Place tortilla in the hot oil and fry until browned on one side then turn over and brown on the other side.  Depending on the way you roll it, there may be more than 2 sides.  Place on paper towel or bag to remove excess oil.

After they’ve cooled some enjoy!!! 

 

 

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