Confession: My sister and I love California Pizza Kitchen. Judge if you must, but I’m just saying… when we go on a little weekend trip to shop in a bigger city we usually eat at a California Pizza Kitchen. If at all possible. It’s just… a thing.
One thing I love is their southwestern egg rolls. I love how they have avocado in them-yum! The only thing I would change is I wish they were vegetarian-so, of course, I decided to try to make my own.
I don’t want to toot my own horn too much-because that’s not very becoming. But. I have to say… I really did it this time. These were so good. So good. They could easily be a fun meal, not just an appetizer. I ate, like, four. So I’m pretty sure that’s a meal.
Ok, it was four and half.
I will definitely be making these again-next time I might try to make some kind of spicy ranch sauce to go with them. So if you have any good sauce recipe suggestions for these send them my way. Please.
Southwestern Egg Rolls, makes around a dozen.
Needed: egg roll wrappers, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 yellow onion, 1 can black beans, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, salt+pepper to taste, 1-2 ripe avocados and oil for frying (I used vegetable oil).
In a small pot sauté the finely chopped onion in oil until it begins to soften. Add in the drained beans, spices, salt and pepper and cook until hot. Taste and see if you want to add more spices or salt. Turn off the heat and stir in the cilantro.
Fill your egg roll wrappers with the bean filling plus 2 small slices of avocado. I wrapped mine in the traditional egg roll style, using the directions on the package. You do as you will. As you are wrapping these heat 2 inches of oil in a large pot or dutch oven until it’s around 350 F. I used a cooking thermometer to check the temperature of my oil, but you don’t have to. Just adjust your oil as you cook so you don’t burn them. Fry a few at a time for 2 minutes, flip and continue to cook for another minute or two. Remove them to a plate lined with paper towels. Serve hot.