Bobby Flay would be proud.

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls (serves 8-10)
Inspired by a recipe found here.

I am obsessed with Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. I would eat anything as long as it’s paired with cumin or chipotle. Literally anything. Though I am in love with all things tortilla-wrapped, I thought it would be nice to diverge from my flour/corn based world of round, flat bread. I still wanted to maintain those great, spicy flavors of the Southwest, though. I found a recipe for baked southwestern egg rolls and jumped at the chance to make such an unusual treat. Let me tell you—they are absolutely amazing.  Gooey, cheesy, spicy, crunchy, sweet, hot… they are everything you could possibly want from a dish. Bryan said they are one of the best things he’s ever eaten (yay!) Though not pictured below, I also paired the egg rolls with a Cool Chipotle Sauce for another layer of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles, drained
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 package egg roll wrappers (about 24 total)

In a large bowl, combine everything but the egg roll wrappers.  Mix well to blend.  Lay an egg roll wrapper out on a work surface so that one of the corners is pointing toward you and place ¼ cup of the filling in the center.  Fold the tip closest to you up over the filling, roll a bit, then take the points pointing outward and fold them in toward the center.  Continue rolling into an egg roll shape until a small part of the remaining point is still free.  Dip a finger in water or beaten egg and lightly brush on the edges of the free corner.  Finish rolling and press to seal closed.  Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling.

Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.  Lightly oil a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Place the sealed egg rolls on the baking sheet seam side down and spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray.  Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly brown, turning halfway through baking. Pairs wonderfully with Cool Chipotle Sauce (recipe coming soon).

::Ashley

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