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Pineapple Pork Egg Roll
Pineapple Pork Egg Rolls are made with ground pork, Thai chili peppers and fresh baby spinach, This may sound like an odd combination of flavors but it really isn’t. The combination of sweet from the pineapple, spicy from the peppers and freshness from the ginger makes for an unforgettable egg roll. One thing we like here at Turnips 2 Tangerines is a good egg roll! Another favorite of ours are the Vietnamese style spring rolls, which are definitely on my culinary “to make” bucket list:)
Chili Dipping Sauce
For this recipe we purchased a simple chili sweet and sour dipping sauce. Feel free to dip your egg rolls into your favorite bottled sauce or make your own. An easy dipping sauce can be made up of soy sauce, fresh ginger, chilies, green onions and sugar. I’ve found with Asian style cooking, the simplistic sauces are the best. Another favorite sauce is hot mustard dipping sauce, which is personally my favorite. My hubby prefers dipping his egg rolls into soy sauce.
Chinese Dishes at a Glance
If you have ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant, you are well aware of how many Chinese dishes there are. It can take an hour to read the whole thing! Below is a rather sad list of Chinese dishes we’ve made here on Turnips 2 Tangerines. I just it’s safe to say we definitely need to make more Chinese dishes! Pineapple Pork Egg Rolls will get you started on your culinary journey to discover Chinese recipes.
Egg Rolls: Egg Rolls are small, stuffed deep-fried Chinese pastries which are served as appetizers. Paper-thin egg roll wrappers are folded around a savory filling of shredded vegetables and meat.
Stir-Fry: This cooking technique is at the heart of Chinese Cuisine. Using a wok or skillet, ingredients are cooked by rapidly stirring and tossing then in hot oil over high heat for a short period of time.
Wonton: These bite-size, deep-fried dumplings can be boiled or steamed. Paper-thin wonton skins are filled with a mixture of meat, seafood and/or vegetables.
Cantonese: The city of Canton, now called Kwangchow, in southeastern China just north of Hong Kong. Gives its name to dishes of the region. Among them are sweet and sour dishes and stir fries.
Spicy and Fruity
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 Thai chili peppers, optional
- 2 limes
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained and diced
- 1 9 oz bag fresh baby spinach
- 15 egg roll wrappers, you can find egg roll wrappers in the Asian produce section
- cilantro optional
- dipping sauce of your choice
In a wok or large skillet, drizzle oil over high heat. Add the garlic and ginger. Fry just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the pork and cook, stirring often, until pork is heated through. Stir in the chilies, cook for one minute, then add lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in the pineapple pieces and spinach.
Cook until heated through and leaves begin to wilt, taste for seasoning. Remove from heat and let cool.
Spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of pork mixture on the bottom third of one egg roll wrapper, fold sides toward center, top with a few cilantro leaves, fold the sides of your egg roll wrapper over filling and roll tightly. Keep remaining wrappers covered with a damp paper towel until ready to use. Place seam side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Spray tops of egg rolls with cooking spray.
Bake at 425º for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cool slightly. Serve with Chili Dipping Sauce.
We thought you might like these Chinese inspired dishes: Pork Egg Rolls with Orange Sauce, Sweet n Sour Chicken and Shrimp Egg Rolls with Sweet Sour Sauce. For this recipe we used egg roll wrappers from JSL Foods.