This catering job was FUN! A lot of hard work, but really, really FUN!! This was for a graduation party, and the theme was Hawaiian. Now you KNOW I love and appreciate a good theme, and after some communication, we finally agreed on a menu consisting of sticky chicken drumsticks, garlic mashed potatoes, Hawaiian crispy spring rolls, teriyaki meatballs, and a fruit-and-cheese display that ROCKED. The Hubster built the pineapple stand for the tree in the center of the display, and I am SUPER proud of it!
A HUGE hit were the Hawaiian crispy spring rolls, and though they weren't a cinch to make on a large scale for 100 people, they are not hard to make and worth the effort if it's for family dinner or an appetizer to entertain.
So I invite you to join me in my kitchen, and let's bring the Hawaiian islands to YOURS!!
HAWAIIAN CRISPY SPRING ROLLS
1/2 red pepper, sliced paper thin
2 carrots, grated
8 bamboo shoots, sliced paper thin
green or savoy cabbage, about a half-head, shredded
1 cup bean sprouts (fresh or canned - if canned, drained)
1 cup rice noodles, soaking in warm water
2 tbs oyster sauce
2 tbs soy sauce
10 spring roll wrappers
1 egg, beaten
1/2 pkg unsweetened shredded coconut
Heat enough canola oil in the bottom of a deep pan or wok to cover the bottom, and on medium-high heat for about a minute-and-a-half. Add all your vegetables and cook everything together until they are soft, but al denté. Strain noodles and add those to the vegetable mix, and then add oyster sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix well and remove from the heat, and pour into a bowl. Place a spring roll wrapper in front of you, with one corner toward you so that it looks like a diamond. Brush the edges of the wrapper with the beaten egg. Add about a tablespoon or two of the filling in the bottom part of the wrapper in a thin log-like shape, being careful not to touch the edges. Leave about 1/2 inch at the bottom. Sprinkle with a bit of the shredded coconut. Lift the wrapper over the top and tuck it in under the filling. Fold over the left side, and then the right side and roll it up to form a tube-like little package. Brush a little more egg along the top part and seal the roll. Repeat this process until all your rolls are full and ready to be cooked. Place a pan over medium-high heat, and sprinkle with enough canola oil to cover the bottom and about an inch up the sides. Wait until the oil is hot - about two-to-three minutes - and then deep fry the egg rolls until they are lightly brown on one side, turning and lightly browning on the other side. Drain them on paper towels or a cooling rack with paper towel underneath for your roll to stay extra-crispy.
NOTES: Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, or for these in particular, make it a spicy pineapple sauce!