Have you ever had nights where you just want to have snacks for dinner? It seems to be a re-occurring trend for us and these crispy and cheesy crab spring really hit the spot.
Lately we have been craving something crispy, savoury, and cheesy. Then a thought popped into my head. Cheese wontons! You know the kind you get at sushi restaurants?
….but something was still lacking. Cheese and crispy just wasn’t going to cut it tonight.
“Crab meat!?” Terry bellows.
Terry is a crab meat enthusiast. Not real crab meat, but crab sticks. You know those bright red and white imitation crab meat? The ones that are actually made with fish? and don’t have a single piece of crab meat in it? Yea those things. If he could eat it in a bowl with a spoon everyday for a year, I’m pretty sure he would.
Normally I’d be making all kinds of gross noises and making fun of him for eating that, but what he doesn’t know is it is my guilty pleasure as well — so I went along with it.
But why spring rolls instead of wontons? If this is even possible, I was actually all wonton’d-out with all the chips and fried wontons we have been having lately. Besides, spring rolls have a bit more substance to it and they are so fun to make!
The ingredients for this recipe can all be found at your local grocery store.
You may have some trouble finding the spring roll paper (I know I did), but grocery stores almost always have it, they just hide it well in the fridges/freezers.
You can substitute white vinegar with the rice vinegar if you don’t have it but white vinegar has a much stronger tang, so add a pinch of sugar to tone that down.
Chop up the crab, grate the mozzarella and finely dice the garlic and green onion and combine all the ingredients together. I like to hand shred the crab meat so they are in long stringy form, for more texture.
Tip #1 : Leave the cream cheese in room temperature an hour before making this. This makes the cheese softer and easier to mix all the ingredients in evenly.
When you are working with the spring roll papers, make sure they are covered with a damp cloth, or they will dry out. I find that pre-peeling a few at ahead of time makes the rolling flow a bit easier and faster.
Same goes with the wrapped spring rolls, if you don’t plan to fry them right away, cover them with a damp cloth or paper towel to keep it from drying out.
To seal the spring rolls you can use water, but not all spring roll papers are created equally so if you are finding that they are not staying sealed then you can also use an egg to seal it as well.
Deep fry them on 350F (176C) or medium heat if you are using the stove top for about 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
DIPPY DIP DIP?
These go fantastic with seafood sauce, sounds wierd but it works! Something to do with the crab meat being seafood! 😉
We also had these with sweet thai chilli sauce and the slightly spicy sweet sauce accompanied the cheesiness like magic!
I need more snack ideas for dinner! Let me know what you make or eat when you’re feeling like it’s going to be a snacky lunch/dinner type of day! and tag us with #pupswithchopsticks if you make this! We love hearing from you!
If you are looking for a crispy, savoury, cheesy seafoody snack then look no further! put This easy to make spring roll is a mus and a huge crowd pleaser!
- 15-20 spring roll paper
- 2 cups imitation crab meat (chopped or shredded)
- 250 g cream cheese (1 package)
- 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese
- 3-4 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2-3 stalks green onions (chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
Leave the cream cheese in room temperature for an hour to soften it up
Once the cream cheese is soft, mix in the mozzerella, worcestershire sauce, rice vinegar and sugar
Chop up or shred the crab meat and mix it into the cheese mixture
Mince the garlic and finely chop the green onions and add it into the cheese mixture
Carefully peel 2-3 spring roll sheets at a time, and keep it covered with a damp cloth or paper towel to prevent it from drying out
Working with 1 sheet at a time, put the sheet in front of you with a corner facing you
Add a few spoonfuls of crab and cheese mixture near the bottom of the paper (but away from all edges) into a log shape.
Start rolling from the bottom, then take 1 side from the left or right and fold it into the centre while rolling.
Then take the other side on the left or right side and fold it into the centre and continue to roll
Wet the top corner with water or egg (which will be the glue to seal the spring roll) and keep rolling until all the paper is sealed.
Put aside covered with a damp cloth or paper towel and continue making the rest of the spring rolls
Heat up the oil to 350F (176C), and fry them for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
If you are deep frying these on a stove top in a pot, use medium heat and keep a close eye on them, when they turn golden brown pull them out. They still continue to cook after they have been pulled out of the oil.
Volia! Enjoy these crispy bite sized little snacks!
- If your spring rolls don't stay sealed with water, you can use an egg to seal it
- Keep the spring roll papers and spring rolls covered with a damp cloth or paper towel so they don't dry out
- Leave the cream cheese out in room temperature for at least an hour to soften it up, this will make the mixing a lot easier.
- Optional Dipping Sauces : Seafood sauce or Sweet Thai Chilli Sauce!