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Crispy Pork Spring Rolls

Photo: Kiyoshi Togashi; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Serves 26 (serving size: 1 roll)
Serve with spicy Sriracha sauce or sweet red chili sauce. You can assemble spring rolls and freeze them until you're ready to cook and serve.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups peanut oil
  • 1 ounce bean thread noodles
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 stalk peeled fresh lemongrass, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (such as Huy Fong chile paste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 1/2 cups grated carrot (about 3 medium)
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 26 frozen square spring roll pastry wrappers, thawed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 108
  • fat 5.5 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 4.6 g
  • carbohydrate 10.5 g
  • fiber 0.3 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 98 mg
  • calcium 10 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place peanut oil in a large Dutch oven or deep fryer. Clip a candy/frying thermometer to the side of pot; heat oil to 385°.

  2. Place noodles in a bowl, and pour enough boiling water over to cover by 1 inch. Let stand 20 minutes; drain well. Cut noodles with scissors into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.

  3. Combine shallots, garlic, and lemongrass in a food processor, and process until finely chopped. Add mushrooms; pulse until finely chopped. Add sesame oil and next 4 ingredients (through ginger); process until well combined. Combine noodles, mushroom mixture, carrot, and pork in a large bowl, stirring until well blended.

  4. Working with 1 spring roll pastry at a time (cover the remaining wrappers with a damp towel so they don't dry out), place the wrapper on a smooth work surface in a diamond pattern, with a corner edge pointing up and another pointing down. Place about 2 tablespoons pork mixture in the middle of pastry. Brush top point of pastry with water. Fold sides of pastry over filling; roll up jelly-roll fashion, starting from bottom. Gently press seam to seal. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry and ­filling to form 26 rolls.

  5. Working in batches, place 5 spring rolls in 385° oil; fry 7 minutes or until golden and crisp, turning as necessary. Make sure oil temperature does not drop below 375°. Remove rolls with a slotted spoon; drain on a rack over paper towels. Return oil to 385°. Repeat the procedure with remaining spring rolls and oil, making sure oil temperature does not drop below 375°. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

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