Egg Roll (Deconstructed)

I was reading a post on Reddit about cabbage. Someone was asking what can you do with it besides make coleslaw. Many reditors responded that roasting it is a good way to go. One post suggested making a ‘egg roll in a bowl’, which got me thinking. I had half of a head of cabbage in the fridge, so I went to the store and bought some ground pork. We had everything else we needed already.

I thought that it would be cool to toast some wontons as a topping and, although I did not have a recipe, I mixed up some ingredients with the ground pork to make an Asian flavor. I took photos along the way, but I failed to take a final photo of the finished product, so you are going to have to trust me that it looked terrific and tasted great as well. Here is the recipe:


1/2 head cabbage
12 wonton wrappers
avocado oil
kosher salt
1/4 pound ground pork
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 inch ginger, peeled, finely chopped
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili oil
1 teaspoon sweet bean paste (or brown sugar)
1 green onion, chopped


1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Remove core from cabbage and slice into one inch thick slices.

3. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.

4. Place cabbage on a sheet pan, covered with non-stick aluminum foil.

5. Slice wanton wrappers into 1/2 inch, wide slices and separate.

6. Place wontons on a sheet pan covered with non-stick aluminum foil.

7. Sprinkle wontons with oil, a pinch of salt and toss to distribute.

8. Combine pork, garlic, ginger, green onion, soy sauce, chili oil, and bean paste in a bowl. Using chopsticks mix together to a uniform consistency.


9. Add a bit of oil to a non-stick pan and saute pork mixture until browned about 5 minutes. Keep warm.


10. Place both sheet pans in the oven and set timer for 15 minutes. Remove wontons when brown.


11. Keep cabbage in oven until it is lightly browned and softened, about another 10 minutes more.


12. Combine everything in to a large bowl and toss, addition soy sauce, chili oil, and sesame oil to taste.

13. Distribute into individual serving bowls and top with toasted wontons.

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