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Baked Bacon Avocado Egg Rolls

Baked Bacon Avocado Egg Rolls
September 26, 2016

Baked Avocado Egg Rolls are a nutritious spin on the classic appetizer! Made with crispy bacon and creamy avocado then served with a Greek yogurt cilantro dipping sauce!

 

Are you fighting the urge to toss up all the Holiday decorations you can since its December? By all means it’s the time of all things jolly and cheerful!

 

Are you one of those people that want to embrace all things holiday, from 24/7 Pandora holiday music, to hot buttered rum coffee and endless amounts of cheer? Have no shame, the holiday season is in full swing, which means Michael Buble’s holiday station will be blaring as I sing along and plan my annual friends holiday soiree! As a foodie, this whole season I am giddy over the chance to spend hours in the kitchen whipping up batch after batch of holiday cookies for my next party. But even the most advanced cook should spend this time enjoying every moment, and less time stressing about the small details.

 

But my cup of tea is to entertain day in and day out during the holidays. The butterflies in my stomach start flapping their wings when I envision all the possibilities for putting on the perfect party.

 

Parties are meant to be enjoyed; not stressed about! Being organized and starting to plan early will be your savior. A checklist will go a long way; keeping everything that must be accomplished, a grocery list, supplies, and guest lists will ensure the all marks have been covered!

 

Keeping the menu simple will be the difference in a stressed out host and fun going host! After all, it is your party; you should be off mingling with guests, not slaving in the kitchen. One way I love keeping things simple is with one-bite appetizers or simple make-ahead dishes, such as these Baked Bacon Avocado Egg Rolls! Prep the filling then roll and set-aside until ready to be baked! Then just simply bake before the guests arrive to have a delicious and filling appetizer that the guests will love!

 

Other party tips that keep me sane during prime party planning season are shopping early and utilizing my freezer! Think about making foods ahead of time that freeze well – think pie crusts, cookie dough, rolls, soups, etc – then thaw right before the big day. Also setting out your utensils and dishware will assure you every dish as they place on the dinner table. A sane host is a happy host!

 

There is never a week that goes by that Hass avocados do not show their face around our house! Generally, they make their way into my husband’s outstanding guacamole. But for a party twist, I have been pairing them with bacon, cherry tomatoes and some spices and adding to egg roll wrappers to be baked up into a crispy and nutritious appetizer for our friends or just an afternoon spent watching football!

 

Now that the holidays are in full swing, a bit of planning and a few knock out recipes will ensure everyone, including yourself will enjoy every minute of that holiday party!

 

Egg Rolls:

  • 5 pieces turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 Hass avocados, diced
  • 3 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/4 small red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves (not packed), chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 10-12 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 egg white, beaten

 

Cilantro Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup non-fat, plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (not packed), chopped
  • Juice of lime
  • Salt and Pepper

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack, and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

 

In a mixing bowl, add avocados and slightly mash with a fork. Make sure to leave some chunks. Add tomato, red onion, cilantro, juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cumin. Mix gently.

 

Lay out one wrapper, brush egg mixture on two adjacent edges, spoon about 1/3-1/2 cup of the mixture onto the center. Fold the adjacent ends in. Tuck and roll egg roll wrappers over the filling. Continue to roll until almost to the corner edge. To seal them, place your finger in the egg white, (or water), and brush corners with the egg white and continue to roll to seal.

 

Place egg rolls on prepared baking rack. Spray each egg roll with non-stick cooking spray. Place egg rolls on baking pan and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven, and cool.

 

Meanwhile, to make dipping sauce, in a small bowl, combine the greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside until ready to serve.

 

*Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

 

*If you do not have wire rack to bake on, turn egg rolls half way through baking. This makes sure that both sides will be crispy!

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