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Cheesy Pickle Egg Rolls {a la The Toasted Frog}

Cheesy Pickle Eggrolls

Cheesy Pickle Eggrolls

We have a cute little restaurant here up North that is more fine dining than regular feeding trough.  They have an appetizer they call fried cheesy pickles that is quite popular.  It’s basically a dill pickle spear and a slice of havarti, wrapped in an egg roll wrapper and deep fried.  Dipped in a sauce, it is heavenly.

There are other restaurants that have imitated the appetizer in the area and in the state as well.  I wasn’t the first to try to copy this treat.  I wouldn’t have have guessed the cheese used was havarti, but the menu gave it away.  It can made with mozzarella as well, but havarti is a bit more creamy when melted.

For my first attempt I used havarti, and we loved them.  But the second try I used mozzarella string cheese, already the shape I needed.  They turned out great, and the SOTT gals loved them at the next birthday party.  Even hubby adored them when I made the rest up when I got home.  But we both agreed the havarti had been better.  It’s a richer cheese that melts nicer.

Only 4 ingredients

Only 4 ingredients

The cheesy fried pickles are an incredibly simple appetizer.  Drain the dill pickle spears well, drying them with paper toweling.  Slice the havarti into long sticks about 1 inch by 4 or 5 inches; about as long as the dill spear.  Open the egg roll wrappers and make sure the rest stay covered by a damp cloth while you’re rolling the egg rolls.

Lay the pickle over the cheese in the center

Lay the pickle over the cheese in the center

Take a sheet of egg roll and in the center lay the cheese, then the pickle spear on top.

Fold over one side

Fold over one side

Fold over one side, then fold over each end.

Fold over each end

Fold over each end

Use a small dish of water, dip two fingers into the water and moisten the remaining point of the egg roll, then roll up tightly.  Done!

Set aside, making sure they don't touch

Set aside, making sure they don’t touch

Do this for as many egg rolls as you wish, placing them on a plate without touching each other.  With tongs, lower them one at a time into the heated oil and fry on each side about a minute.  Remove from oil and place on paper toweling.  Keep warm in the oven if you’re making a large batch.  I use about two inches of oil in the pan and turn them once.  Keep the burner on medium low once the oil is hot so the egg rolls brown slowly.

Fry 2 at a time in a small saucepan or a deep fryer

Fry 2 at a time in a small saucepan or a deep fryer

When you’ve fried all of the rolls, slice them on the bias, arrange them around a plate and place a small dish of dipping sauce on the plate.  A nice honey mustard dip is what we use; the recipe is below as well as the egg roll recipe.

Turn to evenly brown them

Turn to evenly brown them

I usually use plain dill spears but you could vary and use kosher or spicy spears for a change.  They are excellent served with a nice drink or  beer.  Their salt, cheesy goodness is a perfect treat for happy hour.

Cheesy Pickle Eggrolls

Cheesy Pickle Eggrolls

Cheesy Pickle Eggrolls

1 jar dill pickle spears, drained and blotted
Havarti cheese
Package egg roll wrappers
oil for frying

Dry the pickles and cut cheese sticks about 1″ wide and the same length as the pickle spears.

Place an egg roll wrapper on a flat surface.  Layer the cheese, then the pickle spear on top, across the center at an angle.  Folde one side over, then both ends over.  Dipping two fingers in some water, moisten the remaining flap of the wrapper, then roll up.  Set aside on a plate.

When you’ve made as many egg rolls as you wish, heat oil in a small sauce pan or a deep fryer.  Use tongs and fry one roll at a time, turning if necessary until evenly browned.  Keep warm in oven on a plate until all egg rolls are fried.

Cut each on a bias and arrange with a dish of honey mustard (recipe below) on a serving platter.

Cheesy pickle rolls with honey mustard sauce

Cheesy pickle rolls with honey mustard sauce

Honey mustard dip:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Combine and serve with egg rolls.  Makes 3/4 cup.

inspired by The Toasted Frog RestaurantTiara Logo

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24 thoughts on “Cheesy Pickle Egg Rolls {a la The Toasted Frog}

    • Thanks so much! It’s great to hear from someone nearby who has the same 2 seasons we have: hot and cold. Stop by again soon, I’m eager to check out your blog as well!

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    • I’ve never tried it myself but I’ve read of people having good results by baking regular eggrolls. I’d brush them with regular or olive oil. Butter tends to burn too fast.
      I’d do a quick search for “baked eggrolls” and see how people are handling them. It’s pretty much the same thing.
      Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to hear if you tried it and how it turned out!

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    • Great idea, the heat would be a welcome touch! The pickles are strongly flavored enough that they wouldn’t get lost in the heat. The actual sauce served at the restaurant is very different, we just like honey mustard for dipping.

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  1. A couple Christmases ago, we made mini ones using own ton wrappers and it made them about bite size. Perfect for snacking. 🙂
    Soooo tasty.

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    • I need to try that! I made mini egg rolls at Christmas last year and the grandkids went crazy over them. They’d love mini pickles and cheese. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. 1/2 ranch 1/2 siracha is amazing with these. Gives it a spicy kick that goes great with it and you can add more or less siracha depending on your heat preference

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    • This is a more accurate sauce to what they serve with the pickles – I go to the Toasted Frog for just these at least once a week – I’m addicted! They call it si’ranch’a – a combination of siracha and ranch. When we made it we didn’t have siracha so we used taco mild sauce, not as good but worked in a pinch!

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    • We’re addicted to honey mustard dips lately, but it’s an idea worth remembering! Sometimes a little heat makes flavors pop even more. Thanks for visiting!

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