Wondering how to make crispy and delicious Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls?
This recipe is the answer you’ve been looking for!
If you’re left wondering what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers look no further!!
Forget the standard reheating routine – we’re about to take your leftover game to a whole new level.
Imagine the savory goodness of shredded turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes all bundled up in a crispy egg roll wrapper.
Leftover cranberry sauce is the dipping condiment you’ll use for these easy homemade egg rolls!
It’s a flavor explosion you never knew you needed, lol!
Join me on this culinary adventure as I show you the step-by-step process of turning ordinary leftovers into extraordinary egg rolls.
Get ready to add a touch of fusion to your post-Thanksgiving feast!
Ingredients in This Thanksgiving Egg Rolls Recipe
Let’s raid the fridge and get creative with those Thanksgiving leftovers!
First up, grab that leftover turkey!
Shred it like a boss – the star of our show.
Now, scoop out that cold stuffing you were about to nuke. Yep, we’re giving it a new lease on life.
And oh, don’t forget those mashed potatoes lurking in the corner, they’re about to become the creamy dream in our egg rolls.
Next, snatch that cranberry sauce – sweet, tangy goodness in every bite.
Now, the secret weapon – egg roll wrappers.
Swing by the store if you don’t have these magic sheets. You’ll find egg roll wrappers in the fresh veggie refrigerated section of the grocery store!
Lastly, a bottle of cooking oil for that golden, crispy finish.
That’s it – the leftover squad is ready for an epic transformation!
Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, egg roll wrappers, and a splash of cooking oil – let the leftover party begin!
Substitute Ingredients You Can Use in This Recipe
Got a missing ingredient or just want to shake things up a bit?
No worries, we’re all about flexibility here!
Swap out turkey for shredded chicken if that’s what’s chilling in your fridge – still poultry perfection.
If stuffing is MIA, hey, try some seasoned rice for that delightful crunch.
Mashed potatoes on vacation? Sweet potatoes or even cauliflower mash could be your new starchy sidekick.
Cranberry sauce decided to ghost you?
No biggie – a dollop of your favorite chutney or even a berry jam can step up to the plate.
Now, if egg roll wrappers are playing hard to get, tortillas can be the rebels in this recipe, giving you a Tex-Mex twist.
And in the oil department, feel free to experiment with an air fryer for a lighter touch.
Remember, it’s all about using what you’ve got and making these egg rolls your own!
Instructions for Making Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls
Alright, let’s dive into the kitchen adventure!
Grab those Thanksgiving leftovers – shredded turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes.
Mix them up in a bowl like you’re creating the ultimate leftovers dream team.
Lay out your egg roll wrappers, and drop a spoonful of the mixture in the center of each.
Wrapping the Rolls
Now, here comes the fun part – wrapping!
Fold in the sides, roll it up tight, and seal the deal with a touch of water.
Heat up some oil, drop those bundles in, and let them sizzle until golden brown.
Take them out, let them cool for a minute (or two if you can resist the temptation). I like to drain them on a couple of paper towels while they cool.
Voila – you’ve just transformed Thanksgiving leftovers into crispy, delicious egg rolls!
Serve them up with leftover gravy, cranberry sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce!
Get ready for a flavor explosion!
Tips for Making Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls
First up, when handling the egg roll wrappers, keep a damp cloth nearby to cover them – they dry out faster than you think.
Be generous with the filling, but don’t go overboard – we want perfectly wrapped, not overstuffed, egg rolls.
Sealing is key! Press those edges like you mean it to avoid any surprise leaks during frying.
Speaking of frying, maintain a steady oil temperature around 350°F (175°C). Too hot, and you’ll burn the rolls; too cold, and they’ll soak up too much oil. Fry in batches, don’t overcrowd the pan – each roll deserves its golden moment.
if you’re feeling health-conscious, give the air fryer a shot for a crispy finish with less oil.
Lastly, don’t forget the cooling step before diving in – those egg rolls retain heat like champs.
There you have it, your guide to turning leftovers into egg roll perfection!
What Pairs Well with Thanksgiving Leftovers Egg Rolls?
These Thanksgiving leftover egg rolls are already a flavor fiesta, but why not kick it up a notch with some tasty pairings?
Picture this: a side of homemade gravy for that extra oomph. The savory notes will dance in harmony with the crispy egg rolls.
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, a zesty cranberry dipping sauce can add a sweet and tangy punch to each bite.
Want to keep it simple? A classic sweet and sour sauce or a tangy mustard dip can be the perfect accomplice.
For a fresh contrast, serve these rolls alongside a crisp and refreshing coleslaw. The crunch of the veggies will complement the crispy exterior of the egg rolls, creating a delightful texture combo.
And of course, never underestimate the power of a good beverage – whether it’s a cold beer, a fruity white wine, or even a refreshing ginger ale, find the perfect sip to elevate your leftover egg roll experience.
Cheers to creative culinary pairings!
Storing and Reheating Leftover Egg Rolls
Storing and reheating leftover egg rolls is a breeze. Here’s the lowdown:
Allow the leftover egg rolls to cool completely to room temperature.
Place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap.
Store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. If you need to store them longer, consider freezing.
If you plan to freeze the egg rolls, it’s best to do so individually. Place them on a tray or plate in a single layer and freeze until solid.
Once frozen, transfer the egg rolls to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container. This prevents them from sticking together.
Label the container with the date to keep track of freshness.
They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
For refrigerated egg rolls, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Place the egg rolls on a baking sheet and heat for about 10-12 minutes, or until they’re heated through and crispy.
If reheating from frozen, you can bake them at 350°F (175°C) for 15-18 minutes. You might need to add a couple of extra minutes to ensure they are thoroughly heated.
While you can technically microwave leftover egg rolls, it may affect their crispiness. If using the microwave, do so in short bursts to avoid sogginess.
Now you’re armed with the knowledge to keep those Thanksgiving leftover egg rolls fresh and delightful, even after they’ve taken a little fridge or freezer nap!
And here’s the Recipe for my Zesty Homemade Cranberry Sauce!
Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
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- 2 cups turkey shredded
- 2 cups stuffing
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 12 Egg roll wrappers
- Cooking oil for frying
- Leftover cranberry sauce or gravy for dipping
- Prepare the Filling:
- In a mixing bowl, combine shredded turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Mix well until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
- Assemble the Egg Rolls:
- Lay an egg roll wrapper on a clean surface with one corner facing you (diamond shape).
- Place a spoonful of the leftover mixture in the center of the wrapper.
- Add a small dollop of cranberry sauce on top of the mixture.
- Fold the bottom corner over the filling, then fold in the sides.
- Moisten the top corner with water, then roll it up tightly to seal the egg roll.
- Seal the edges by pressing firmly with your fingers. Ensure there are no openings for the filling to escape during frying.
- Repeat the process for the remaining egg roll wrappers and filling.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or a large, deep skillet to 350°F (175°C).
- Carefully place the egg rolls in the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry until golden brown. This should take about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the egg rolls using a slotted spoon and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
- Allow the egg rolls to cool slightly before serving.
- You can serve them with leftover gravy, additional cranberry sauce, or your favorite dipping sauce.
- Feel free to customize this recipe based on your specific Thanksgiving leftovers and personal preferences. Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftover egg rolls!