Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ethan's Pizza Rolls

This recipe idea hit Ethan like a brick. Like woke him up in the middle of the night. He was hit by a brick in his sleep. Such a terrible way to get an idea. This was a brick telling him that an egg roll wrapper can house all sorts of delicious things. He didn't waste any time trying it out. And we enjoyed. And so did our neighbor who just happened to drop by at the exact right moment. Don't you wish you were my neighbor? In the words of the brilliant Usher, "Yeah".

The title of this recipe was up for debate. What is your vote?

Ethan's Pizza Rolls

Ethan's Mozzaroni Rolls

Italian Egg Rolls

I decided on Ethan's Pizza Rolls, cuz it's ma'blog and all. I can dictate what things are called, right? Ethan begged to differ. I said we should call these Ethan's Pizza Rolls. But he really liked Ethan's Mozzaroni Rolls, but that was a little too Rachael Ray for me. And Italian Egg Rolls was definitely a no-go. That just sounds gross. So Ethan's Pizza Rolls it is.

So what are these? An egg roll wrapper filled with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese. And then some little gems of pepperoni and Italian sausage. All of those things are put in a pretty little pile in an egg roll wrapper and then deep-fried until crisp and golden. What about something to dip with? Anything fried needs a dip for a friend. Use whatever your and yours would prefer. Marinara, alfredo or a mix of both. We did a quick rose sauce. Marinara sauce mixed with heavy cream, garlic and Parmesan cheese.

1 lb bulk Italian sausage
1/2 lb pepperoni, cut into small pieces
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz ricotta cheese
A few cups marinara sauce (store-bought or homemade)
1 package egg roll wrappers
Vegetable oil for frying

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add sausage. Cook, breaking up with the back of a wooden spoon, until cooked through. Pour onto a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Set aside.

Fill a small bowl with water. On one egg roll wrapper, add a 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese. Add a few pieces of pepperoni and a tablespoon of cooked sausage. Add a tablespoon of marinara sauce over the top of everything. Roll the egg roll wrapper by pulling up the bottom corner, then folding over the two sides and then rolling over to the top. Dip your finger in the water and run it along the top corner and them fold the whole roll over and gently press to seal. Set aside and repeat until all of the sausage is gone.

Heat oil to 375 degrees. Fry each roll until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Serve with marinara, alfredo or rose sauce for dipping.

Yields about 20 pizza rolls.

Rookie's Notes
: Here is how you roll up these little babies.



errin julkunen-pedersen said...

not a fryer...never have been, never will be. a little bit for health, a lot for the laziness of not knowing what the hell to do with the oil afterwards.

long story short: what's your take on baking these bad boys? doable? recommendations? my pregnantness yearns for them...

Whitney B said...

Oh how you completely just made food porn that makes me droll! These look so delicious I am going to run to the store and get everything I need to taste there greatness. Thanks Whitney!

Rebecca said...

I have to agree that pizza rolls is the superior choice of name.

Looks delicious...can't wait to try this out.

Marie said...

I've made manicotti with egg roll wrappers before and then baked it, so I am thinking that baking these might work too. However, I don't know what you would bake them at/on. These sound great though, any thoughts Whitney?

Jelli Bean said...

I have tried before to make pizza rolls, oven-style. Let me tell you that it is not the most fantastic way to go about it. I can´t wait to try again, and I guess I will succumb to frying, as much as I hate to fry. Thanks for sharing.

rookie cookie said...

@errin - You can bake these. Follow the method on this blog:

Ingrid said...

Ethan, can we say brillant!? Yes, we can!

Ethan said...

You're too kind!

Cheryl Fowers said...

I'm so trying this! They look delish!

Sparks said...

Who is the gracious wizard that put those four pictures into one happy images?