Keeping with the newfound obsession I have, I scoured various Disney blogs and the Disney website in search of 'eatspirational' recipes. One recipe that was routinely reviewed and intrigued me was the cheeseburger spring roll. You can locate these by hopping over to the Spring Roll Cart in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland once parks re-open.
I like burgers (yes vegan burgers are DELISH!) and I like spring rolls so I naturally wanted to try my hand at recreating the perfect at-home, 'Instagram-able' photo of the crunchy snack.
The first ingredient I searched high and low for posed an issue. No matter how many apps I searched, spring roll wrappers were sold out everywhere. And yes, you can make spring roll wrappers at home but that is going beyond the limit of what my work at home persona wants to reach!
I finally thought I secured some at a local AG but when the delivery arrived, the shopper informed me that the product was sold out and she replaced with Nagoya Egg Roll wrappers (*tear*). Now in possession of the Egg Roll Wrappers, there was no way I wasn't going to sub them out in place of the spring roll wrapper. Thankfully, the Nagoya wrappers are vegan and I took this as a sign to move forward.
I am so glad I made these, even with the Egg Roll Wrapper! They were delightfully crunchy and flavorful. The taste is reminiscent of something straight from a fair [or a theme park ;)], lightly filling and highly satisfying.The aroma as I prepared this even prompted the omnivorous nay-sayers to request a non-vegan version - to which I obliged.
Since I subbed out the wrappers I decided to freeze the Egg Roll wrappers after reading frozen spring roll wrappers turn out crunchier. I am not 100% sure if this is true because I did not get a first hand experience but I did notice a crunchier egg roll when finished.
These fun snacky treats do not take a lot of time or skill to prepare. To reheat, I just popped in the oven until heated through (350 for about 12 mins).
The rating on these bad boys is a whopping 4 Mickeys! And 10 out of 10 I will make these again. In fact, I have located spring roll wrappers online and ordered them to make them again in VERY near future.
- Nagoya Egg Roll Wrappers (Spring Roll would be ideal)
-2 Cups Ground Crumbles (I used Gardein Beefless Ground)/Ground Beef (non-vegan version)*
-1 Cup Cheese*/Vegan Cheese (I used So Delicious Cheddar Shreds)
-1/2 finely diced onion
-3 TBP vegetable broth
-3 TBP Ketchup
-1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (I get the vegan version from Whole Foods)
-Salt & Pepper to taste
-bowl of water (to seal the wrappers)
-1 TBP oil + enough oil for frying
Add 1 TBP oil to a pan on medium heat and toss in diced onion. Sautee until soft but onions will still be white. (I don't like onion texture so I make what I like to refer to as 'melt onions'. You can skip the next step and omit the broth if you like 'onion-yness'). Once softened, add the broth and stir the onions frequently to keep from browning. Once the broth evaporates the onions will be so tender they will melt into whatever you cook. At this point add the crumbles (of beef*). Cook until heated through, about 3-5 mins (for the beef you will need to brown). Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and stir, cooking for another 3 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can even add season blends like steakhouse or burger seasoning instead if desired. Set aside until cool enough to handle.
Prepare your wrappers on a clean and dry surface like a cutting board or your quarantine clean counter. Using a spoon, scoop out 2 parts crumble or beef* to 1 part cheese filling. Only place in the center in an elongated fashion (there are several egg roll and spring roll tutorials online if you need help with this). Roll the wrapper and seal with wet fingers (dipped in the bowl of water).
Heat the oil until it reaches 325° (I use peanut oil but vegetable or other oil suitable for deep frying can be used). Drop the egg rolls slowly with a spider spoon and fry until golden. Remove from oil and drain. Serve immediately. (Can be reheated; see above).
Let me know if you try the recipe and what you think if you have had this in the park!