Things have been busy busy busy this week. I promised my team I would bring in some lumpia, Filipino fried spring rolls, one last time before my last day. (Because yay! I am finally going to blog full time!) Since our annual Christmas gift exchange and potluck was today I woke up at 5:00am to fry them up.
Related: Last minute potluck dish: chili mac
After frying about 100 of them I realized that there may not be enough for my team of 23 and started to panic. I came up with a tasty solution. My Dad has a love of Velveeta and made up this version of lumpia filled with gooey cheese yummy-ness. They make a quick appetizer and always get rave reviews. And they are easy peasy melted cheesy (sorry couldn’t resist).
Easy Grilled Cheese Lumpia (aka “Spring rolls/egg rolls”)
All you need is a block of Velveeta, a package of spring roll wrappers (which can be purchased at any Asian Grocery store or in some regular grocery stores in the freezer section) and some oil for deep frying. Simply cut the cheese into little rectangles like below, roll them up, and fry them.
The trick to cooking them without making a mess is to make sure your oil is nice and HOT. Then drop them in for ten seconds and place them on paper towels. They may not look golden brown but the goal is to melt the cheese without it melting through the wrapper and seeping into the oil. When the cheese melts and burns into the oil it turns into sandy looking crusty things that clump on the rolls. If you look closely at the last picture, those dark granules are actually some cheese that escaped the wrapper. When a whole roll breaks in the oil all of the subsequent lumpia are covered in the burnt cheese. They are actually still tasty and edible…just ugly.
My mom tells me that my “filipino food” has a distinctly American twist. Keep coming back for more of my non-traditional takes on traditional dishes, like this amazing Instant Pot Pork Sinigang recipe. My sister has ordered me to put my recipes on my blog so she doesn’t have to call me to send them to her.
Let me know if you try these! Oh and if you have an “eating healthy/losing weight” New Year’s Resolution, you may not want to make these. You could make it in an air fryer but it won’t be as yummy. I had one (the one shown above with the bite taken out of it). It was the only low fat, low carb one in the bunch ;D
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