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       Title: MELROSE AVENUE SPRING ROLLS
  Categories: Appetizers, Oriental
       Yield: 12 servings
  
     1/2 lb Chorizo sausage
            - or any other spicy sausage
       1 oz Rice sticks
       6    Dried Chinese blk. mushrooms
       2 c  Shredded green cabbage
       2 c  Bean sprouts
       1 c  Julienned carrots
       2    Green onions; minced
       2 tb Dry sherry
       1 tb Oyster sauce
       1 tb Oriental sesame oil
       1 ts Chinese chili sauce
     1/2 ts Sugar
       3    Garlic cloves
            - finely minced
       2 tb Cornstarch
       2 tb Cooking oil; PLUS:
       3 c  Cooking oil
      12    Spring roll skins
       2    Eggs; beaten
            Dipping sauce of your choice
      20    Bibb lettuce leaves
  
   ADVANCE PREPARATION: If the sausage is in links, slit
   the casing and squeeze the meat out.  Place the
   sausage meat in a small frying pan or wok.  Cook over
   low heat until thoroughly cooked and the fat is
   rendered, about 15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.
   Transfer to a sieve and press the meat with the back
   of a spoon to eliminate all fat.  If the sausage meat
   is still in lumps, chop finely. Soak the rice sticks
   in hot water for 20 minutes.  Drain and cut into
   2-inch lengths.  Soak the mushrooms in hot water until
   soft, about 20 minutes.  Discard the stems and shred
   the caps. Combine the sausage, mushrooms, rice sticks,
   cabbage, bean sprouts, carrots, and green onions.
   Separately combine the sherry, oyster sauce, sesame
   oil, chili sauce, sugar, and garlic.  Combine the
   cornstarch with an equal amount of cold water and set
   aside. Place a 12-inch skillet or wok over high heat.
   When hot, add 2 tablespoons cooking oil; when the oil
   becomes hot, add the sausage mixture.  Stir-fry until
   the vegetables are brightly colored, about 2 minutes,
   then add the sauce.  Stir-fry until the vegetables
   just begin to wilt, about 1 minute more.  Add a little
   of the cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce, then
   transfer to a bowl.  Cool to room temperature, and
   then place in the freezer until thoroughly chilled,
   about 1 hour. Separate the spring roll skins.
   Position each spring roll so one of the corners is
   pointing at you.  Place about 1/2 cup of the filling
   in the bottom third of the skin and then form the
   filling into a cylinder, stretching between the side
   corners.  Bring the corner nearest you over the center
   of the filling and then tuck the tip under the
   filling.  Roll the spring roll a turn.  Brush the two
   side corners one-third over the top of the cylinder.
   Now finish rolling the spring roll into a cylinder.
   Place on a small tray as you complete the rest of the
   spring rolls. Store, unstacked and uncovered, in the
   refrigerator.  (These can be done a day ahead.)
   LAST-MINUTE COOKING: Place 3 cups of cooking oil in a
   12-inch skillet and heat over high heat.  When the oil
   reaches 370 F (bubbles will escape from the end of a
   wooden spoon when placed into the oil for 10 seconds),
   fry the spring rolls in 3 batches, cooking them on
   both sides until light golden, about 3 minutes.  Drain
   on a wire rack. Heat the oil again, this time until it
   reaches 400 F.  Fry the spring rolls a second time in
   2 batches until they are dark golden, about 1 minute.
   Drain.  The second frying makes the spring rolls
   crispier. Serve spring rolls whole or cut in half,
   with one or more dipping sauces. Guest should wrap a
   spring roll in a lettuce leaf, dip it in sauce, and
   enjoy. Serves: 8 to 12 as an appetizer
  
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