Cheese Sticks, Filipino Style
The prep time does not include the time for freezing the cheese sticks.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 12 cheese sticks
- 150 grams cheese (I recommend Pepper Jack)
- 3 to 4 squares spring rolls wrappers
- 1/4 cup sliced scallions
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cooking oil
- tomato sauce for dipping
Cut the cheese into fingers about 2-1/2"x1/2"x1/2". That's two-and-a-half inches long, half an inch wide and half an inch in depth.
Separate the spring roll wrappers. Cut each piece into quarters.
Place a piece of cheese at the center of a quarter of spring roll wrapper. Sprinkle in some scallions. Brush the sides of the wrapper with beaten egg. Roll as you would regular spring rolls (see illustrated step-by-step instructions for wrapping spring rolls).
Toss the wrapped cheese in flour. Spread on a tray and freeze for an hour.
Heat the cooking oil in a frying pan.
Over medium heat, fry the frozen spring rolls just long enough for the edges to brown. DO NOT wait for them to brown all over. The cheese filling is white so the wrapper will appear light even though it is already crisp. If you wait for the whole thing to brown uniformly, the cheese will melt, ooze out of the wrapping and into the oil.
Drain the fried cheese sticks on paper towels and serve with tomato sauce for dipping.