Italian Egg Rolls

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  • Pin ItI was looking at my extra egg roll wrappers in the fridge the other day and  my creative juices started flowing. I took the basics from my manicotti recipe and came up with these yummy Italian egg rolls. Dunk these in your favorite pizza or marinara sauce for a fun dinner!

    Italian Egg Rolls
    Italian Egg Rolls

    1 lb ground turkey sausage
    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    10 oz box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
    1/4 t freshly ground nutmeg
    Salt and pepper
    1 15 oz container of part-skim ricotta cheese
    1/2 C freshly shredded Parmesan 
    1 C shredded mozzarella
    1 package egg roll wrappers
    1 egg, beaten (used for the “glue” on the egg rolls)
    Canola or vegetable oil for frying
    Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
    Marinara sauce, warmed

    Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and onion and cook for a few minutes. Add the garlic and spinach; stir and add nutmeg, salt and pepper. Sauté until sausage is cooked through. Remove from heat and cool. Stir in ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan.
    Heat the oil for frying in a skillet. Meanwhile, start filling your wrappers.

    Place about 1/4 cup of filling on a wrapper with a corner facing you. Use the beaten egg as the glue for the egg rolls and “paint” it on the top sides.
    Fold the bottom corner up and the side corners in.

     

    Roll up the egg roll and place on a baking sheet or plate. Repeat for all egg rolls. Place 3-4 egg rolls in the pan of oil at a time. It is important to not place too many in the pan at a time. Cook them for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with tongs and place them on a plate covered in paper towels to drain. Immediately sprinkle with grated Parmesan so it will stick. If cutting in half, allow to cool first.

     Heat the marinara sauce; serve.

    Funny tid bit: After I made this, I wanted to see if anyone had ever fried actual manicotti so I googled it. I came across this funny website:  This is why you’re fat.com. 
    The picture shown is actually fried hot dogs in manicotti shells, but it’s still so funny to me! Maybe I’ll try fried manicotti soon! :)