Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Pesto Pizza with Salami + Roasted Red Peppers.
And the colors of red and green continue…
Issues I tell ya.
SO, you know what I still continue to find incredibly uncomfortable after two+ years? Telling people about what it is I do. It’s like “Oh hey, I write a food blog and I spend all day cooking. Yes, all day.” It’s the weirdest most awkward thing.
What is even worse is when my mom tells people…in front of me. It’s typical mom stuff that all teenagers dread. Only thing is, I am no longer a teen (WHAT?? how is this possible?) and it still gets me every time. But really, my mom is the worst of the worst. I mean, she’s the best, but she is also the best at talking about her kids, and oh my gosh, I am so embarrassed about it. My little brother, he loves it. Me? Not so much. I don’t care how much success I have (or don’t have…she tends to exaggerate things) I am just not into people talking me up or talking about me period. PLUS, you just get these blank stairs like. “huh, you write a food blog? And that’s all you do? Can we trade places?”.
Maybe someday I will come up with a none awkward way to inform people of what I do, but at my current age of twenty-one my shyness and insecurities still shine through.
So basically, I am an awkward mess when talking about um, me. Fun, right?
The only reason I bring this all up is because Asher had a new friend over the other day and the kids dad got the low down from my mom. Uncomfortable. My cheeks were redder than Santa’s coat. You see, I am still a kid at heart in some ways.
Also, you’ll know I am feeling nervous/embarrassed immediately. I have cheeks that flush at a moment’s notice. It’s quite a talent actually.
And now that we have all realized what a basket case I am, let me tell you about some egg rolls with sweet chile pomegranate sauce – before I completely lose you all!
If you have never made homemade egg rolls, now is the time to do so. There is something about December that makes me think Chinese food and I have this feeling I am not alone. Again, I have no idea why I have this feeling, but I do. It seems that I like to make egg rolls in December. I did it last year and I am pretty sure I did it the year before too. This year though, I put my own spin on them. Typical me, I can’t let anything be.
Please do not get freaked out that I put brussels sprouts in these instead of cabbage. See, brussels sprouts are really just mini cabbages, but with more flavor. Flavor I personally cannot get enough of. So good.
I kind of added a ton of mushrooms too because lately I’ve been addicted to those as well. I guess these are good things to be addicted to. Health food.
AND you can either fry or bake these. I fried them because I am turning into a frier (SCARY). Don’t know why, but I am into it lately. BUT baked are just as delicious. AND you can also use leftover turkey for these instead of the chicken. Just toss the cooked turkey with the marinade ingredients and cook in a skillet until caramelized. I actually did this on Thanksgiving. Worked awesome!
You can’t make these though without the sauce. The sauce is so good. You really do need it, you do, you do. It’s spicy, but the sweetness of the pomegranates balances all the spiciness. Oh, and the pomegranates. These are actually a SERIOUS addiction. I still have more recipes coming your way involving pomegranates. Don’t get sick of them. Please, please, please.
And ok, aren’t these the perfect holiday appetizer/snack/dinner? I love the colors and the flavors keep you coming back for more. Pretty sure this is another recipe I will be making when the family arrives for Christmas…which is in T-minus ten (I need to Christmas shop! Santa shouldn’t be the only one with elves. Really!)
Thinking these will be the perfect “late-night everyone’s maybe had a few drinks (except me because I am so lame and still haven’t even used my new ID at the liquor store yet), let’s talk all night and eat up all the egg rolls with extra dipping sauce” kind of recipe. Yup, perfect for that. I can already see my cousins Abby + Maggie smiling and getting excited.
It’s gonna be good.
Oh, and if I could keep your attention for hours, I’d tell you this ridiculous story about the day I made these, but maybe I will save that for tomorrow.
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In the meantime, you should totally make these.
These were amazingly delicious! A kid ate all the Pom arils before I could make the sauce. Sigh. C’est la vie. The final product was still delicious and beautiful so I let him live. I will make this again the next time the desire to fry hits me. But I’ll hide the pomegranates. Thanks for the recipe! Love your site.
I have a dumb question. How do you shred Brusse sprouts? Food processor? Hand grater? Knife?
Any of those options will work. I just use my knife, but a food processor will be much faster. Hope you love these!
not only are these spectauclar (and that pom sauce is a dream) but would LOVE some step by step photos. I know, they’re annoying and a pain, but these are SO perfectly crafted I’d love to see the whole process 🙂
These look so delicious, I love brussel sprouts, never thought to put them in an egg roll. What a great idea!
The colors and that chile-pom sauce!! These are the best looking egg rolls I’ve eve seen! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
That looks so good and I bet it taste delicious. I really enjoy seen all your creations.
I really love this.
Thank you so much!
These look so good Tiehgan, love the colors too! Great photos!
From one major blusher to another, I feel your pain. I’m told it’s charming, but I’m not so sure. 😉 Love this recipe, I’d basically eat anything in egg roll form!
Same here..not so sure!
I love pomegranates, especially this time of year! And I could drink that sauce. Seriously yumm!
Thanks so much!
You seriously outdo yourself with every recipe! These sound so amazing, the texture in your photos of the eggrolls is gorgeous! And that pomegranate dipping sauce is perfection! : )
These egg rolls look insane! I’ve never made my own but now I want to. I feel the same about the blogging thing. It took me months to tell my colleagues at work that I am a food blogger but also because I don’t blog full time I just tend to not tell people. I know-silly. You are not alone, Tieghan.
Thanks so much and glad to know it is not just me!
You seriously blow me away every day! These are amazing. My cheeks turn really red, too, which is weird since I grew up performing, but it’s different when people are talking about YOU and not your character. My mother-in-law is the worst (best) at telling people about me! 😉
THANK YOU! Hope you are having great week!
Do you know if you could freeze these pre-baking? I love the late night idea, but my late nights usually mean I don’t have the dexterity to put together egg rolls. 🙂
Hey Sarah, you can freeze these, just make sure to freeze them first on a sheet pan so none of the rolls are touching. Than just transfer them to a freezer safe bag. Hope you love these and let me know if you have any other questions.
Can’t fault mom, she’s proud of you–and validly so. But yes, I know what you mean, Matt’s mom is always bragging about us and that I just want to crawl into a hole.
The eggrolls – nice job!!
Haha! You too are totally something to be bragging about for sure though! 🙂 But I love the crawling in a hole idea, that is me!
I’m way past my teen years, and I still can’t handle it when my mom talks about me to others. I think that may be one of those things you don’t grow out of. And high-fives for being an insta-blusher…I’m the same way – even my neck turns red. Emotions on sleeve (or neck), I tell ya…emotions on sleeve. Anyway, these eggrolls are straight up killing me, and it’s making me want to fry allll the foods! UGH, beautiful girl!
Thanks Julia! 🙂
Nice to be insta-blushers together!