Loaded Baked Potato Egg Rolls

I came up with a genius idea the other day, well at least to me I thought it was genius. There were a couple of things that steered me this to making this awesome batch of egg rolls; one being I was totally in the mood for egg rolls, and the other is that I had a package of Nueske’s bacon calling my name as I was looking at some potatoes I needed to use up on the counter. It’s funny how that works, but it’s also funny how flipping amazing these were. As my wife and kids were running errands this past weekend, I decided to make a batch of these and see if there were any takers when they returned. Let’s just say there were takers, and I had wished I had made double the egg rolls.

Loaded Baked Potato Egg Rolls Recipe
Loaded Baked Potato Egg Rolls Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite egg roll wrappers
  • 2 whole russet potatoes, cubed and cooked until fork tender, drained
  • 6 slices of your favorite bacon, cooked, and chopped
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of chives, finely diced
  • Sour cream, optional
  • 3 cups of canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water

These made 6 egg rolls, so increase everything if you are needing more. I highly recommend more.

Start by having everything prepared. When you are ready to build your egg rolls, heat your oil in a sauce pan, large enough to fit a few egg rolls, to medium heat. You will want the oil to come up to around 350 degrees. During this time, make the egg rolls.

I used two sheets of egg roll wrappers per egg roll. Why, I have no idea, but they worked out. I think I had a fear that the potatoes were still a bit wet after I drained them and I thought they may tear or open in the oil. Regardless, feel it out and use 1 or 2 should you desire.

How to make loaded baked potato egg rolls
How to make loaded baked potato egg rolls

If you are not familiar with how to roll an egg roll, refer to the following instructions. Take about a quarter cup of the potatoes, and lay them along the middle. Top with a bit of cheese and bacon crumbles, fold over the sides, and continue to roll. When you have a bit of the point left, brush on some of the egg wash, and finish to seal. If you are using a second wrapper, lay the egg roll on top, and fold, and seal. Repeat with the remaining egg rolls.

Once the oil is ready, carefully add a few egg rolls at a time, and cook, turning carefully until the wrappers are a nice, golden brown. Remove and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining egg rolls.

These are ready to eat as is, but I took mine and placed them on a fajita skillet, covered with a bit more cheese, and bacon, and placed them in the oven until the cheese was melted.

Drizzle with sour cream and chives, and get to it. I’ll be honest, I took down two of these, and when my wife and kids came home, not only were they excited by the idea (they love egg rolls), they tore into them like it was nobody’s business. My kid even requested to warm one up the following morning for breakfast. So if you love loaded potato skins, you are going to loved these loaded baked potato egg rolls! Hope you enjoy.

Loaded Baked Potato Egg Rolls
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Recipe type: Appetizers
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Your favorite egg roll wrappers
  • 2 whole russet potatoes, cubed and cooked until fork tender, drained
  • 6 slices of your favorite bacon, cooked, and chopped
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup of chives, finely diced
  • Sour cream, optional
  • 3 cups of canola oil
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tbsp water
Instructions
  1. These made 6 egg rolls, so increase everything if you are needing more. I highly recommend more.
  2. Start by having everything prepared. When you are ready to build your egg rolls, heat your oil in a sauce pan, large enough to fit a few egg rolls, to medium heat. You will want the oil to come up to around 350 degrees. During this time, make the egg rolls.
  3. I used two sheets of egg roll wrappers per egg roll. Why, I have no idea, but they worked out. I think I had a fear that the potatoes were still a bit wet after I drained them and I thought they may tear or open in the oil. Regardless, feel it out and use 1 or 2 should you desire.
  4. If you are not familiar with how to roll an egg roll, refer to the following instructions. Take about a quarter cup of the potatoes, and lay them along the middle. Top with a bit of cheese and bacon crumbles, fold over the sides, and continue to roll. When you have a bit of the point left, brush on some of the egg wash, and finish to seal. If you are using a second wrapper, lay the egg roll on top, and fold, and seal. Repeat with the remaining egg rolls.
  5. Once the oil is ready, carefully add a few egg rolls at a time, and cook, turning carefully until the wrappers are a nice, golden brown. Remove and place them on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining egg rolls.
  6. These are ready to eat as is, but I took mine and placed them on a fajita skillet, covered with a bit more cheese, and bacon, and placed them in the oven until the cheese was melted.

 

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Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles

Let’s face it, it’s pickle season. Everywhere I turn it seems as though a jar of pickles are out, whether for snacking on, or as a side companion to a grilled burger, or better yet a bloody mary. For the last few weeks I have been making quick pickles, and I typically snack on one when I get home from work. The thing I love about making these quick pickles is that you can really make them however you want, and this past batch was really one inspired by a quick trip to my local farmer’s market. Kirby pickles were everywhere, and they caught my attention. I picked up a batch, along with some banana peppers, dill, and garlic, and hence where this pickle recipe came from.

Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles
Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 kirby pickles, sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1 whole banana pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup of fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups of vinegar
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt

Start by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the stove, and let the pickling liquid cool. As it cools, toss in the dill, garlic, and banana peppers.

To a large mason jar, add in the halved kirby pickles. pour in all of the pickling mixture to cover the pickles, and cover with the lid.

Garlic Dill Pickles
Garlic Dill Pickles

Let these sit for a couple of days to let all of the flavors meld, then dig into them as you would any other pickle. These things are great. You get a bit of the dill, the garlic, and a subtle heat from the peppers. A perfect use farmers market ingredients, and a super simple recipe to boot. Hope you enjoy!

Garlic Dill Spiced Pickles
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Recipe type: Pickles
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 6-8 kirby pickles, sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1 whole banana pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup of fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups of vinegar
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from the stove, and let the pickling liquid cool. As it cools, toss in the dill, garlic, and banana peppers.
  2. To a large mason jar, add in the halved kirby pickles. pour in all of the pickling mixture to cover the pickles, and cover with the lid.
  3. Let these sit for a couple of days to let all of the flavors meld, then dig into them as you would any other pickle.

 

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Korean Style Zucchini

Gochujang has become my new best friend. If you are not familiar with gochujan, it is essentially a Korean condiment that is a bit spicy, lightly fermented, and one that just has this sweet and savory taste that it just gets highly addicting. Gochujang is commonly used in Korean recipes such as bibimbap and soups, and the thing I love about it is that it has just the right amount of spice that is perfectly balanced by this sweetness. Don’t judge me, but I always lick the spoon when I am using this condiment.

With that said, you have probably known for the last few weeks that I am continuing to harvest zucchini from our garden. This is when the idea sparked to make chicken lettuce wraps for the kids, and as the Koreans are known for having banchan (small dishes that accompany a meal), I figured making these Korean style zucchini. I fell in love with this, and I think you might as well.

Korean Style Zucchini
Korean Style Zucchini

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small to medium sized zucchini, cut into 1 inch coins, then quartered
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp Japanese Sushi Seasoning, often called Furikake (optional)

Simple, right? The only small challenge may be finding the gochujang paste, but you can probably find this in your Asian grocery store, or in the ‘ethnic’ aisle in your grocery store.

Korean Style Zucchini Ingredients
Korean Style Zucchini Ingredients

Start by heating a medium skillet on medium heat. Toss in the zucchini, as well as the gochujang. Give a good stir, and gently mash in the gochujang. Add the water to assist in making a thinner sauce. Continue cooking until the zucchini is heated through, and the sauce coats the zucchini. Toss in the furikake if you desire. This adds that additional distinct flavor that you would find in a standard sushi roll.

Korean Style Zucchini
Korean Style Zucchini

Serve as a side to any dish. The end result is the perfect crunch of the zucchini, and then the awesome punch from the gochujang. Trust me, this Korean condiment will have you thinking endlessly of what it can be used on, and this was only one of those ideas. Hope you enjoy!

Korean Style Zucchini
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Recipe type: Sides
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small to medium sized zucchini, cut into 1 inch coins, then quartered
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp Japanese Sushi Seasoning, often called Furikake (optional)
Instructions
  1. Start by heating a medium skillet on medium heat. Toss in the zucchini, as well as the gochujang. Give a good stir, and gently mash in the gochujang. Add the water to assist in making a thinner sauce. Continue cooking until the zucchini is heated through, and the sauce coats the zucchini. Toss in the furikake if you desire. This adds that additional distinct flavor that you would find in a standard sushi roll.
  2. Serve as a side to any dish.

 

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Kale Chips with Parmesan Cheese

Kale chips are one of those awesome snacks, that amazingly enough, that all of my kids eat. I’ve always been surprised that my kids love them, probably because it has the word chip in it, and trust me, my kids love chips. As I normally bake the standard curly kale, especially when it is on sale, I decided to try something different this time around. When I went to my farmer’s market last weekend and visit with my favorite farmer’s, they had a bunch of lacinto kale, commonly known as dinosaur kale, and it looked really good. When I asked them about the kale, they really came out with excitement and stated it was their favorite and that it was less bitter. I was sold, and that night I decided to make these baked kale chips with parmesan cheese as an appetizer for the family.

Kale Chips with Parmesan Cheese
Kale Chips with Parmesan Cheese

These were so good, and if you are not a kale fan I dare you to try them, that they were instantly gone. I kind of wished I would have bought two heads of the lacianto kale, but maybe I’ll do that this weekend instead.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of lacianto kale, rib removed from each leaf
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Simple stuff, and that’s what I love about these. The farmer’s had it right, these kale chips were slightly less bitter than the standard kale, and now I’m a total fan. I always thought that because the lacianto kale was a bit thicker that it would not make for a great kale chip, but now I know I was wrong the whole time, and that’s a darn shame.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

During this time, prepare your kale, and make sure you remove the leaves from the ribs. Place these into a bowl, and drizzle with olive oil and season with the salt. Use kitchen latex gloves for easier cleanup if you have them, and lightly toss the kale, ensuring that all of the leaves are lightly coated.

How to make kale and parmesan chips
How to make kale and parmesan chips

If you have parchment paper, go ahead and use it and line a baking sheet with it. If not, don’t worry. Line your kale leaves onto the sheet, being careful not to overlap them. You can bake these in batches.

Place them into the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, or so, until they are nice and lightly crisp. Once they are lightly crisp, take a bit of the parmesan cheese and sprinkle onto the kale chips.

Bake another few minutes, then remove from the oven and serve. Repeat with all remaining kale.

The kale itself was awesome. No kidding. I know everyone is tired of hearing about kale, but not only am I a fan, but I’m totally sold on this lacianto kale. These are a must make, especially with the grated, and lightly melted parmesan cheese. Hope you enjoy!

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