2.02.2012

Mini Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls


I first encountered steak and cheese egg rolls at the Del Frisco's grand opening party back in April. As soon as I took a bite, I wondered how I had never encountered these before and how I could make them at home. Fast-forward to this past August when I started working at America's Test Kitchen. One of the recipes being developed and one of the first things I tasted in the test kitchen was Philly cheesesteaks. That recipe just came out in the March/April issue of Cook's Illustrated, and I knew I'd be able to adapt the thinly shaved steak and creamy cheese filling to make some Philly cheesesteak egg rolls. And of course, I had to take it one step farther, and I opted to make bite-size egg rolls that would be perfect for a party.


You should give yourself about three hours to make these. The very first thing you want to do is cut some skirt steak in large pieces and get them in the freezer. The meat needs to stay in the freezer for an hour so it will be firm enough to thinly shave. While it's in the freezer, you can finely dice your pepper and onion, sauté them, and set them aside.

When it comes time to shave the steak, you will feel as though your arm is going to fall off, but just remember it's worth it. Use a very sharp knife--I even sharpened mine halfway through shaving the meat because I felt that it wasn't cutting as well.

Preheat your oven while you shave the steak, and then cook the steak, mix the peppers and onions in with it, melt the cheese into it, and transfer it to a bowl. Then you'll need to form the egg rolls. This requires a little patience because the rolls are so small. I laid out 6 wonton wrappers at a time on a cutting board and scooped about 2 teaspoons of filling into each. Then I folded the sides in, wet them with a little water, pulled the top over and affixed it to the sides, pulled the bottom up, wet it, and sealed it. Think of it like wrapping a present but you pull the sides in first.

Instead of frying the egg rolls, I decided to bake them. Yes, they're a little healthier that way, but my main motivation was making sure they'd all be ready at the same time (as opposed to frying in batches) and that there wouldn't be a huge pot of oil to discard while trying to host a party. I thought the egg rolls still got nicely browned this way, and surprisingly, the filling stayed very moist and creamy and didn't dry out at all.

These would be the perfect addition to any Super Bowl party menu.



Mini Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls (inspired by Del Frisco's; filling adapted from Cook's Illustrated)
Makes 30

Ingredients

1 pound skirt steak, trimmed and sliced with grain into 3-inch wide pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 small onion, finely diced
1/2 large green pepper, finely diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
Salt and pepper
30 wonton wrappers

Preparation

Place steak pieces on plate in single layer and freeze for about 1 hour.


In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl. Wipe out skillet and set aside.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove meat from freezer and thinly shave steak pieces against the grain.


Place skillet over high heat, and heat vegetable oil until smoking. Add meat in a single layer, and cook without stirring for 4 minutes.



Stir meat together and then drain in colander.

Reduce heat to low, return meat to skillet, and stir in Parmesan and onion and pepper mixture.



Lay cheese slices over meat, and let melt for 2 minutes.


Stir cheese into meat until completely melted and thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Transfer mixture to bowl.

Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Set out a small bowl of water and a small bowl of olive oil. Place about 2 teaspoons of cheesesteak mixture in each wonton wrapper (I set out 6 at a time). Taking one wrapper at a time, fold sides up, dip finger in water and gently wet sides, pull top of wrapper over mixture toward you, wet edge of top of wrapper, pull bottom of wrapper up and press to seal.


Place egg rolls on prepared baking sheet and brush each one sparingly with olive oil.



Bake for 10 minutes, then flip egg rolls over using tongs.


Bake for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, until egg rolls are nicely browned on both sides. Transfer egg rolls to paper towel-lined plate to absorb any oil, and then arrange on serving platter.


Serve hot.


What kinds of mini egg rolls would you make?

27 comments:

  1. These are cute. Savin Bar + Kitchen does an egg roll of the day, and I have had a great pulled pork one in the past.

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  2. Emily @ A Cambridge StoryFebruary 02, 2012 8:10 AM

    I think Christopher is going to want to watch the game with your guys if these and the stromboli are involved! What a great idea - and love that it's baked!

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  3. FunandFearlessinBeantownFebruary 02, 2012 8:29 AM

    I LOVE that you recreated those amazing egg rolls! They were so good!

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  4. such a fun idea by Del Frisco's and even better that you made them your own!!

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  5. I love that these are baked, and so cute! I need to start cooking with wonton wrappers more...

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  6. What a great idea! I am not sure whether I should try to make these or the Stromboli - might have to do both!

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  7. oh boy, those look phenomenal!! i'd take those watching the game sunday :)

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  8. yum yum, I wish I was coming to your house for Superbowl!

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  9. Ohhh my goodness! I LOOOVE steak and cheese but the excess bread actually annoys me a bit. So these are FANTASTIC!

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  10. Wow. Very yum. Have to try these asap.

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  11. christinefreshlocalandbestFebruary 02, 2012 8:27 PM

    Oh this looks just awesome! I'm imagining these terrific cheese and meat filled egg rolls will take center stage at this weekend's Super Bowl.

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  12. these look like they're straight from a restaurant!

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  13. I can't wait to give these a try!! They look amazing!! :D

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  14. I know first hand how awesome that cheesesteak filling is, and I love it served this way! I rarely have the stomach for a big sub, but I'm sure I'd eat my fair share of these.

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  15. What a fun idea to put it in an eggroll!

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  16. These are SUCH a fun play on the traditional egg roll! I probably wouldn't tell people what was in them and then relish the look on their faces when they bit in. So tasty.

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  17. Oh man. I need these in my life!

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  18. Ryan still brings those philly things from Del Friscos up every now and then! I think these may do the trick to make him happy. These may have just made my Superbowl Snack menu!

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  19. I'm drooling, what a fabulous idea - they look outstanding and like they'd be a huge hit at a party - if there were any left for my guests anyway.... :)

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  20. I don't think I've ever made egg rolls! Yours look so neatly folded. I'm sure the flavors were superb!

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  21. these are so brilliant--such a fun party food! think you should shred the meat in a food processor to save time?

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  22. Thanks! And I wish! A food processor won't give the meat the right texture, unfortunately. (They tried it at work.)

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  23. I would honestly probably get the meat pre-shaved so I could save my arm muscles. These look like a great addition to any party menu.

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  24. I had ATK's philly cheesesteaks on my to-make list but these also look so fun. I like the idea of making the filling and then maybe making them 2 ways :)

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  25. I have made these for a few yrs now. I do it with ground beef and add shredded cabbage. Yummm!

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  26. Eileen Wofford MyersJuly 01, 2013 1:31 PM

    All you need now is Duck Sauce mixed with hot mustard to dip in :-)

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