Being a private chef can have its challenges. One of them is constantly coming up with creative dishes to impress your clients. I’m fortunate in that my 3 clients enjoy more casual food, making it a bit easier; however, I do host fancier events now and than that require more upscale meals. I recently had a dinner which was centered around Asian food and being that the client was a foodie, I had to wow them with each course. The appetizers and main course are not a problem but the dessert can pose some struggles. Asians don’t have as much dessert choices as Americans do and enjoy lighter sweets, which can be a bit of a challenge. I racked my brain for a creative but not too unfamiliar dessert and came up with these fabulous banana egg rolls with salted caramel sauce. Serve it a la mode as I did and you will be wanting another!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
If you ever made egg rolls before, these banana egg rolls are exactly, if not easier, to prepare than savory ones. The filling doesn’t have to be cooked which saves a lot of time!
I’ve experimented with chopping the banana and leaving it whole but found the egg rolls tastier when chopped. The filling almost becomes gooey as it fries as opposed to leaving it whole and having a giant banana in the center.
When rolling the egg rolls, fold in the centers first.
Wet the edges with water to help seal the egg roll. Roll from the bottom up and seal.
I like to freeze the egg rolls for at least 30 minutes to help them keep their shape while being fried. Make sure to leave space in between the egg rolls when freezing or they will get stuck together. Feel free to fry right away, but be sure to handle them delicately.
Prepare the caramel, drizzle them on the hot egg rolls and dive right in. When I presented this dessert at the event, they absolutely loved it. One of them declared that she was going to kick me because it was so good (a compliment I suppose?). I enjoyed my serving with vanilla ice cream or to go all out, have them with vanilla ice cream swirled with caramel!
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