Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Avocado Egg Rolls w/ Sweet Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Whenever I go to The Cheesecake Factory, I ALWAYS order the avocado egg rolls. I've tried them at other restaurants, but nothing seems to compare. Finally, I decided to try making my own at home and they were AMAZING! By far, the most realistic copycat recipe I've ever tried...And the sauce might just be the best part. I can't wait to take them to a party as an appetizer!

Avocado Egg Rolls
Recipe adapted from:

(Yields 6 large rolls)

2 large avocados, peeled and diced
3 Tbs. sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
2 Tbs. minced red onion
1 tsp. fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
6 egg roll wrappers

In food processor, or by hand, finely dice tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.

Gently stir together avocado, salt, and tomato mixture. Distribute filling evenly in a line on bottom third of each egg roll wrapper.

Position a wrapper so a corner is pointing toward you; fold the bottom corner up over the filling. Fold side corners in and roll toward the top corner. Wet the edges of the top corner with a little water. Then fold top corner over and press to seal. Repeat with remaining wraps.

Heat 2-3 inches of oil to 350 degrees (I use a candy thermometer to maintain a consistent temperature, since its constantly changing). Cook egg rolls for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Slice rolls on the diagonal and serve hot with cilantro sauce.

Sweet Cilantro Dipping Sauce

1/4 c. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 c. Honey
1/2 c. chopped cashews
2/3 c. fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves
2 green onions
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground black pepper
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 C. Olive Oil

Put all ingredients except olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend until well pureed. Stream in olive oil. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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  1. What other food is good with the leftover cilantro dipping sauce (which is YUMMY!)

  2. Hmmm...If you have leftover sauce, it would probably be a great dipping sauce for taquitos or anything Mexican (as well as the obvious Asian foods).

    I've always wanted to try making my own cream cheese wontons to serve with it! Just place a dollop of whipped cream cheese inside of wonton wrappers, bring the corners together at the top (or fold into triangles and seal edges with a drop of water). Place wontons into hot oil and fry until crispy. So naughty, but SO good!

    A healthier option would be to serve it with Thai lettuce wraps. Have you ever had them at The Cheesecake Factory? Basically, you layer the following: butter lettuce leaves, slice grilled chicken, slivered carrots, diced cucumbers, bean sprouts, cooked ramen noodles (made without the seasoning packet), cilantro, chopped peanuts, sweet cilantro dipping sauce, and peanut sauce (if desired). They are so flavorful, healthy and WONDERFUL!

    If you come up with any other great combinations, let me know!

  3. This looks delicious!! Definitely going to try making it. My only concern is the cashews in the sauce. My husband is allergic, so is there something I could substitute for the cashews -- pine nuts, another nut, omit them, etc?

  4. I have been searching for this sauce!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! We had the sauce on grilled chicken tonight and it was excellent. I plan to put it on tacos, fried chicken fingers, grilled shrimp over pasta, fried calamari and more...

  5. So simple yet so delicious. I love avocado, and the crunchy egg roll wrap would push it over the top. Thanks...look forward to trying this!

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