These delicious crispy fried homemade egg rolls are made with leftover chopped smoked BBQ brisket, cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, and diced jalapenos. The crispy fried exterior is the perfect complement to the soft and savory brisket filling. These egg rolls are bursting with flavor, and make the perfect party appetizer.
What I love about egg rolls is that you can do so much with those fantastic little wrappers. From traditional Asian egg rolls to all kinds of ideas inspired by everything from Tex-Mex dishes to the flavors of Big Macs and even dessert fillings, you can stuff almost anything into an egg roll wrapper and fry or bake it. That crispy exterior just seems to go with everything. That’s on perfect display with these egg rolls. They’re full of smoked brisket and a creamy, spicy jalapeno popper filling.
Homemade Egg Rolls
These delicious egg rolls start with leftover chopped brisket that I combine with cream cheese, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese – essentially jalapeno popper filling. Then, I roll the filling up in egg roll wrappers and fry them until golden brown and crispy on the outside and hot and melty on the inside. When it’s all done, I have a plateful of crispy, beefy, spicy brisket jalapeno popper egg rolls that are quick, easy, and delicious!
Why You’ll Love This Homemade Egg Roll Recipe
- The rich, smoky flavor of the brisket is a perfect match with the cream cheese, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese.
- Along with the cream cheese, the cheddar cheese adds a creaminess and nice texture to the egg rolls, and the jalapenos adds a bit of heat that enhances the overall flavor of the egg rolls.
- Leftover brisket is a hearty and flavorful meat that can be used in a variety of meals and it is a great way to use leftover brisket.
Homemade Egg Roll Ingredients
You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this egg roll recipe. Everything you need is either in your kitchen or a quick trip to the grocery store away.
- Leftover smoked chopped brisket
- Cream cheese, room temperature
- Diced pickled jalapenos
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Egg roll wrappers
- Vegetable oil, for frying
How to Make Homemade Egg Rolls
Making these egg rolls is a snap. You simply do a quick mix, roll, and fry. That’s all there is to it! You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in no time.
Step 1: Make the Filling
Beat the cream cheese for 2 to 3 minutes until smooth in a medium bowl. Add the chopped brisket, jalapenos, and cheese and stir until combined.
Step 2: Fill the Wrappers
Add a heaping tablespoon of brisket mixture to the center of the egg roll wrapper. Then, wet the edges of the wrapper with water and bring the two sides over the mixture. Then, roll up the egg roll from one end to the other until fully wrapped. Repeat with the remaining egg roll wrappers and filling.
Step 3: Fry
Heat the oil to 375 degrees on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Then add a few egg rolls at a time and fry until golden brown on all sides. Transfer the fried egg rolls to a plate lined with paper towels until all the egg rolls are fried. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
- Don’t crowd your pan when frying the egg rolls. Overcrowding the pan lowers the oil temperature, resulting in soggy egg rolls instead of crispy egg rolls.
- Fully soften your cream cheese to ensure the filling is fully mixed.
- When wetting the edges of the egg roll wrappers, moisten them slightly. Don’t drown them.
- You can use flaked crab or cocktail shrimp for a spicy seafood popper egg roll recipe.
- Use shredded leftover chicken or pork for this recipe.
- For fewer calories and less fat, bake the egg rolls instead of frying them.
What to Serve with Homemade Egg Rolls
These egg rolls are full of the flavors of jalapeno popper filling and brisket. They’re perfect with all of your other favorite appetizers and are delicious when dipped in sauces like BBQ, ranch, ketchup, or any of your other favorites.
Egg rolls come out perfectly in the air fryer. Cook them for 6 minutes at 400 degrees, then flip and cook for another 6 minutes.
The popular consensus is that the precursor of modern egg rolls was first seen in a 1917 Chinese American cookbook. The dish was called “Dan Gun” which translates to “egg roll”. The dish called for vegetables and meat wrapped up in an egg and then cut into slices.
Egg rolls freeze very well and will last for up to 3 months when stored correctly.
Homemade egg rolls reheat very well in the air fryer. Reheating egg rolls in the air fryer heats them up quickly and ensures a crispy texture.
Egg rolls can be rolled one of two ways:
Add the filling to the center of the egg roll wrapper. Then fold the ends over. Bring the sides over the filling until wrapped.
You can also fold one side of the egg roll over the filling in the center, then bring the ends over the center. Finally, fold the other side over.
How to Store and Reheat Leftover Egg Rolls
Refrigerate the egg rolls for up to 3 days in an airtight container. For longer storage, freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
To reheat the egg rolls, place them in the air fryer and cook for 1 to 3 minutes at 350. You can also reheat them in the oven by baking them at 350 degrees on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Try These Delicious BBQ Brisket Egg Rolls Today
This leftover brisket easy egg roll recipe is so delicious and easy to make. With a creamy, spicy jalapeno popper filling combined with chopped brisket wrapped up in golden, crispy egg roll wrapper, they’re just about the best thing you’ll ever eat. Serve these for snacks, a fun lunch or dinner, or bring a big batch to your next party. Wherever you serve them, they’re going to be a hit.
More Delicious Leftover Brisket Recipes You’ll Enjoy
This Oven Baked Beef Brisket is the perfect recipe to enjoy, then have leftover brisket for all the delicious recipes listed above.
Homemade Egg Rolls
- In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add chopped brisket, jalapenos, and cheese. Stir until combined.
- Heat oil over medium high heat to 375°.
- Add a heaping tablespoon of brisket mixture into the center of the egg roll wrapper.
- Wet the edges of the wrapper with water.
- Bring the two sides over the mixture, then start rolling it up from one end all the way to the other end to seal.
- Continue until all the mixture is used and repeat with remaining egg rolls.
- Place a few egg rolls at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides.
- Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels until all the egg rolls are cooked.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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