Secret Recipe Club: Southwestern Spring Rolls

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I have been excited about the Secret Recipe Club ever since I read about it on Feast on the Cheap (one of my all time favorite blogs).  After reading about it, I knew I wanted to participate.  I’ve been looking for a club of some sort like Daring Cooks, only I’m not to  daring.  However I love a good secret.

What is the Secret Recipe Club?  It’s a lot like a Secret Santa.  Each month the participating bloggers (another cool thing…you don’t have to participate every month) get assigned another blog…secretly.  You select a recipe from that bloggers repertoire and make it and post it on reveal day.   Reveal day is so exciting, everyone blog hops and checks out what everyone has done, plus you find out who your Secret Recipe maker was.

This is my first month participating and I got assigned The Freshman Cook.  The Freshman Cook is a blog designed for the beginner cook.  You’ll find menu plans, grocery lists and basic cooking terminology and instructions.  I immediately perused the recipes and picked out Tiramisu Mousse.  Tiramisu is my favorite all time dessert and I was eager to try an easy mousse version.

But then I got to thinking, I said to myself “Giggles, you really aren’t a Freshman Cook, how can you review the site as an experienced cook?”  Then my eyes rested on my Baby boy, I wasn’t exactly a Freshman cook but he was.  Plus he’s a senior this year and needs to be ready for being out on his own (boohoo, sad mama).

The only thing is that my baby doesn’t care for tiramisu, tragic I know.  So I plug him into the computer and let him choose his own recipe, it only seemed right.  There were quite a few recipes that caught his eye but he finally settled on the Southwestern Spring Rolls.  He also doesn’t care for avocados, so we substituted the avocado sauce for a homemade taco sauce and have included both recipes so you can choose or make both.

My poor baby had reconstructive foot surgery to correct his Flintstone (flat) feet, which meant he was in crutches.  I had to set up everything for him and I did the frying.  Crutches + deep frying = accident waiting to happen.

The recipe ended up being absolutely delicious and the rolling instructions were great.  The kiddo did have a few comments though:  When he made the grocery list, there wasn’t an amount listed so that meant guessing..not to comfortable for the freshman.  He was also not sure how to slice the green onions, use the green part, slice thinly, etc.  And the same went for what size dice for the tomatoes.  He also would have liked to known how many spring rolls the recipe makes.  We ended up with 10 but I think if he was a little more frugal with the stuffing we would have got 12.

Warning photo overload alert!  I took pictures of my baby at every step…Mise en place for crutch boy.

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Although the recipe called for corn niblets, we had leftover corn on the cob, it seemed appropriate to cut the corn off and use it.

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We always grate our own cheese, for simplicity it is easier to purchase already shredded cheese like the original recipe called for.

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After minor deliberation, the baby boy sliced the green onions as thinly as his skills allowed.

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The assembly (not pictured the tomatoes).

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An added step.  My baby boy felt that he needed to pack/gather all stray ingredients together before rolling.l

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The fold over.

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Something doesn’t seem right so he referenced The Freshman Cook blog to see what is up.

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Now we have it right.

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The egg wash and continuing on.  At first my poor baby was thinking that this wasn’t any fun, but once he got the hang of it, he was proud of his work.

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His first few rolls, a bit fat and oddly shaped.

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He got a little lazy and I showed him how the next two turned out.

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Finally, he got the size and shape right.  Once it was all done, he was very proud of himself and decided that rolling the spring rolls was kind of fun.  He suggested that next time he invite his friends over for a little competition.  Isn’t that just like teenaged boys…men…to turn everything into a competition.

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Our recipe includes the amounts that we used to make 10, I believe if you double the ingredient list you would use the entire package of egg roll wrappers, which just might feed a couple of hungry freshman like boys.

Recipe

Southwestern Spring Rolls by The Freshman Cook

Spring Rolls

  • 10 to 12 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 16 oz. can refried beans
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onion (tops included)
  • 1 cup corn niblets
  • 1 cup small diced tomatoes
  • 4 oz. cheese, grated
  • Canola oil for deep frying
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water (egg wash)

Preheat frying oil to 350F.  For the spring rolls, lay out one egg roll wrapper, place some grated cheese in the bottom top with approximately two tablespoons of refried beans, sprinkle on about 1 tbsp., each of corn, tomatoes and green onions.

Fold in the sides of the egg roll wrapper, then fold up the bottom.  Brush the top of the wrapper with a little of the egg wash then fold over to seal the spring roll.  Brush entire roll with the egg wash.  Deep fry the spring rolls two at a time for 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with avocado or taco sauce.

Avocado Sauce

  • 1 smashed Avocado
    1/4 cup Mayo
    1/4 cup Sour Cream
    1 tablespoon Buttermilk
    1 1/2 teaspoons White Vinegar
    Dash Salt
    1/8 teaspoon Dried parsley
    1/8 teaspoon Onion Powder
    Dash Dried Dill Weed
    Hot Sauce to Taste
    Garlic Powder

Put every ingredient in a bowl and mix well.
Smash the avocado.

Taco Sauce (the best you’ll ever have…)

  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce (look for a sugar free brand)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4tsp. cayenne

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan, simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool before serving.

 

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26 Responses to Secret Recipe Club: Southwestern Spring Rolls

  1. Noelle @Opera Singer in the Kitchen August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Wow, what a great version! The sauces sound delicious too!

  2. Trisha August 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    The filling sounds great. I think I’ll try this out the next time I make spring rolls!

  3. Oma Lea August 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Our Baby Boy is doing great! What an interesting version for spring rolls. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Melissa August 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    These look delicous!

  5. Stephanie August 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    What a great idea! I’ll have to check out the blog to send on to my young counsins. I also love the fact that you recruited an actual freshman cook to do the recipe testing for you. Great fun to read.

    I’m going to have to try those using rice paper wrappers for fresh spring rolls.

    • Giggles August 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      Stephanie, I think that using rice paper wrappers are a great idea..and healthier!

  6. Stephanie@PlainChicken.com August 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Those look great! They would be perfect for tailgating this weekend.

  7. Delishhh August 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    WOW – impressive. These looks fabulous and love your blog!

  8. The Café Sucré Farine August 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi Rhonda!
    Love your first SRC blog! You did a great job, such a fun perspective! I had fun with your recipe for the scones! Have a great day!

  9. Kimberly August 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    These sound delicious!

  10. Karen August 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    He did a great job! I had to laugh that men have to turn everything into a competition. So true!

  11. Lisa~~ August 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    Love it, great recipe and wonderful post.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

    • Giggles August 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

      Lisa, I’ll definitely check it out, on my way now!

  12. Kita August 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    haha, my full grown boyfriend would try to make a competition out of it as long as he didnt have to touch any raw ingredients. He is a baby about those things. Great SRC post!

  13. Janet August 29, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    YUM! Good job, little brother! So…where do I buy egg roll papers?

  14. Katie Skiff August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    Yummy, can he come cook here tonight?

  15. Manu August 29, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Ohhh these are GOOD! Looking forward for my girls to be big enough to make me dinner!!! LOL :-)
    Amazing recipe!

  16. Teri@thefreshmancook August 30, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Hi Rhonda,
    Thanks so much for making my southwestern egg rolls for The Secret Recipe Club, or I should say, thank you to your son. I ‘m glad he enjoyed the experience. I read everything you had to say, and I agree that I need to be more descriptive when giving directions, and I think I will give the amounts in the grocery list. After all, I have the amounts with me when I go to the store! I think it’s a great idea to make a competition out of making the egg rolls! As the mother of one son, I learned quickly, when he was young, that everything is a competition ! Thanks again. BTW~ You have a great blog!

  17. veronica gantley August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Those egg rolls look so crunchy and good. You picked a great recipe for your SRC.

  18. Donna August 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Wow – southwest meets Asia. Fabuloso!

  19. Kitchen Butterfly August 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    I love the idea of the secret recipe club. I’m glad you set your son a task….for his own good which he both enjoyed making and eating….and yep, the boys contest is just typical but a great idea. LOL

  20. Kitchen Belleicious August 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    They Look AmAZING! I wish we were having them for dinner tonight. Wow, I love the southwestern flavors. Perfectly cooked too!

  21. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz August 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I am impressed, this looks so good and I am very hungry all of a sudden. SRC rules.

  22. Gloria August 31, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    Very cool! What a great experience for your son. I love that he wants to do it again and have a competition with his friends. You might just have a future foodie on your hands now that he’s gotten his hand dirty.

    Your taco sauce recipe sounds great!

  23. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking August 31, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Love the post and that you enlisted the help of your son. How cool is that?! He did a great job, crutches and all. The recipe looks great, will have to try it.

  24. marla September 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    What a fabulous idea for spring rolls. Love the Southwestern twist. Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post for September :) http://su.pr/1Sizv9
    Also: I would love if you added this and any other links to my “Happy Post” today. http://su.pr/1bZ8fp

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