Foodiva's Kitchen: Crazy Cooking Challenge - Mashed Potato Spring Rolls

Monday, November 7, 2011

Crazy Cooking Challenge - Mashed Potato Spring Rolls

Sometimes we will hit the target but miss the self. At other times we will miss the target but hit the self. Our purpose, though, is to hit the target as the self and hope that the sharp sound of arrow penetrating paper will awaken us from the so-called 'dream of life' and give us real insight into the ultimate state of being.
~ Hideharu Onuma sensei, Japanese Kyudo archery

It seemed like I had simply disappeared over the past week or so, but in reality, I am still here. Just holding off on blogging while tending to my (rather neglected) life. That's the trouble with passion sometimes, you can get so thoroughly consumed by it at the expense of everything else in your life. Okay, when I write "you", who I'm really talking about is myself. I went off to tend to my garden because the weeds had started to overrun my beautiful patches and it was time to pull them out and discard them. Yes, metaphorically speaking :-).


So to start off this week, I'm back for another Crazy Cooking Challenge, this time sharing a recipe from Momofuku for 2 blog. Tina of Mom's Crazy Cooking, as host of the challenge declared this month's theme to be "Mashed Potatoes" and I, what a breeze! Well, I couldn't be more wrong because there are thousands (if not more) mashed potato recipes out there and it proved really hard to decide which one to showcase for this post. 

In the end, I settled for this Mashed Potato Spring Rolls recipe posted by Steph of Momofuku for 2. In case you haven't come across her blog, this is a woman who has cooked and eaten her way through all of David Chang's Momofuku Cookbook and this recipe was adapted out of that book. Steph has no official association with the Momofuku brand, chain or David Chang, but she'a a huge Momofuku fan and enjoys cooking their recipes at home for her and her husband (who's the 'for 2' person).

I, on the other hand, chose this recipe not because it was created by food Sifu, Chang but due to a variety of other reasons which I shall list here:
1. It contains mashed potato (right on theme).
2. It includes bread (we all know carb on carb = sinful, but oh-so-irresistible!).
3. There is frying involved (I know, it's starting to sound bad but bear with me).
4. There is 'spring roll' in the recipe title (although I just realized that mine looked more pop-tartlike than cylindrical).
5. It contains some heat and a green vegetable (which to me negate 1-3 above).

In case you're wondering, yes, it does taste as lovely as it looks....great as a snack or appetizers. Although after you've finished two, you probably won't want to eat anything else because of the thought that it'll take roughly 200 hours on the treadmill to work all this off! 

For a mashed potato overload, head over to the blogs listed in the linky below. Go on, show them some love and oh, don't forget to vote for your favorites.

Mashed Potato Spring Rolls
(recipe from Momofuku For 2)
Serves: 2

4 slices white bread
1/4 cup mashed potato
2 green beans, cooked and sliced in two
pinch shichimi togarashi
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg yolk

oil for frying
sriracha for dipping

1. Trim the crusts from the bread and using a rolling pin, roll out each bread slice to a thin 3-by-5-inch rectangle.
2. In a bowl, combine the mashed potatoes and togarashi; season with salt and pepper. 
3. Brush the edges of 4 bread rectangles with the egg yolk mixture. Shape 1 tablespoon of the potato mixture into a log along a long edge of a rectangle, leaving 1/2 inch on each end. Top with half a green bean. Tightly roll up the bread to form a cylinder; press the ends together to seal. Repeat with the remaining bread and potato mixture.
4. In a skillet, heat the oil on medium high. Add half of the rolls and fry, turning occasionally, until well-browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels. Repeat with the remaining rolls. Serve with sriracha.


Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

These are so lovely and yummy. Crust on the outside with the soft potato inside. I would love to try this too!

Lilly said...

I love the idea of making spring rolls with bread and mash potatoes! Only thing missing is some bacon in the middle =)
Unfortunately with my coming holiday I need to cut out all carbs (to start with) and focus on veggies and non carb food more. Only to be able to consume more on my holiday hihih.

PS: great video!

'Le ricette dell'Amore Vero' di Claudia Annie said...

gnammmm che superdelizia questa ricetta! io amo moltissimo le patate! complimenti, un bacio :)

Aarthi said...

This looks really good..Mouthwatering dear..Thanks for the recipe .will try soon..

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Erin said...

Oh my heavens! This looks absolutely wonderful! great twist on mashed potatoes!!!

Cher said...

How fun!
Don't stress - sometimes we even have to disappear for a while to clean our houses... Ok, maybe not for that :-)

Tina said...

I knew you would come up with something totally unique and delicious. Potatoes in spring rolls-I have never eaten them but they do sound like a good way to enjoy potatoes. Thanks for sharing this one-delicious!

Ei said...

That sounds great, in the vein of a potato croquet. MMMM. You can never go wrong with potatoes.

Lisa~~ said...

Very delicious and different sounding, love the recipe.

If you haven't already I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

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BigBearswife said...

oo look at those spring roll! yum! Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!

kayla said...

Love it, very inspiring!! That's awesome that you looked outside the box!! Hope you come check out my Mashed Potato recipe, #30!!

Anonymous said...

What a creative way to serve mashed potatoes!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

Love these. Your video make it all look so easy! Great choice!

Jey @ The Jey of Cooking said...

These look divine! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be trying them soon!

Miz Helen said...

Your Potatoes look beautiful. Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
Miz Helen

Jennifer said...

I want some!

Jen #14
Jenny's Cookbook

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

I have also been 'tending my garden' this past 10 days. But you made up for it big time with these great mashed potato spring rolls. I would love to go to one of Chang's restaurant one day.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I love potatoes in any form and this is such a creative way to eat it. I clicked "liked" on your photo. I admire you for taking challenge despite of your busy schedule... I am too lazy to challenge myself. =P

ButterYum said...

Oh my goodness... they look AMAZING! I've never heard of David Change or his restaurants, but I'm in!! I made a fried mashed potato selection too -
hope you'll stop by and see my Deep-Fried mozzarella Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls.


wok with ray said...

I love the idea on how you made the mashed potato springrolls -- it's crazy but it works. And of course, I love the video. Glad to see you back, Maya! :)

Michael Toa said...

Fried bread and potatoes? What is not to like?! They look delicious Maya. Carbohydrates are one of my many weaknesses.

Spicie Foodie said...

Hi Maya, It's great to have you back. Also glad to hear that you took take of those weeds in your garden :)
I read your post in my reader last night and all day today I couldn't stop thinking about them. Carbs on carbs now that's my weakness. I'm so going to make these!
Cute video too :)

Victoria said...

What a great theme for a challenge! I love mashed potatoes, and it's so great to see them used in such fun and unique ways. These "spring rolls" look quite sinful, but totally worth it. Hope all is well, I've been MIA for a while. Life has gotten in the way of blogging, but I'm still alive and kicking :)

Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} said...

these look like a great finger food or appetizer. crisp on the outside, soft inside and delicious all the way! mmm

Gina said...

This is carb overload and right up my mashed potato alley! So glad you cleaned out those weeds so you can get back to the fun stuff. Why oh why does real life have to get in the way of blogging? He he, hope things are going better for you this week.

Trix said...

I hear you, gal - I have some big old weeds in my garden too ... lol. You have upon my weaknesses here as well. Apparently my mom ate mixing bowls full of mashed potatoes when she was pregnant with me, so I come by it honestly! But I agree: certainly the green vegetable negates all those carbs??

Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

What a recipe. These look scrumptious! Yum!

Lora said...

How fun are these? So creative and they look delish.

Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie said...

Wow! Talk about mouthwatering! Those look amazing!

Balvinder ( Neetu) said...

That looks yummy and crunchy!

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