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Shawarma Egg Rolls Are A Real Thing And Here’s The Recipe

shawarma egg rolls

If you don’t know what Shawarma is then you’re missing out on one of the most important Middle Eastern dishes you’ve never had. Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish comprised of either lamb, chicken, or beef that is prepared on a vertical rotating spit. A typical beef shawarma sandwich is served in a pita with gherkin pickles, turnips, parsley mix and a drizzle of tahini.

I’ve always been inspired by my Lebanese heritage and cuisine, considering that it was what I grew up with. So when Canada’s bad boy Josh Elkin came through the office this week, we grabbed some shawarma sandwiches in Little Arabia, located in the always sunny Southern California. As we were coming up with ideas for some new recipe videos, the thought of rolling up an entire shawarma sandwich inside an egg roll came to mind. Having an Asian girlfriend was my inspiration, but Josh had the know-how to make it possible.

On our way to the store we wisely consulted my Lebanese mother on how to get the the shawarma recipe just right. Although we don’t have a vertical spit for our shawarma, there’s still a way to to make our dreams come true using an oven and the right spices. Here’s the recipe below and check out the video for a detailed visual look.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 deep fryer or large pot
  • 1 basting brush
  • 3 liters of cooking oil
  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 plastic bag
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 pound of thin sliced flank steak
  • 1 cup of sliced pickled turnips
  • 1 cup of chopped gherkins
  • 1 cup of tahini paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup of red vinegar
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of shawarma spice
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 largely sliced onion with pedals separated
  • 1 cup of finely chopped parsley
  • ½ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sumac spice

Preheat the cooking oil to 375 degrees F.

Step 1

Slice the flank steak into small bits and add it to a plastic bag. Add the red vinegar, olive oil, minced garlic, onions, shawarma seasoning, lemon juice, and lemons and mix well. Put this in the fridge for about 2 hours (overnight is better).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Add the contents of the bag to a baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes or until the onions become wilted.

Step 3

Combine the parsley lemon juice and sumac in a small bowl and mix well.

Lay out one egg roll wrapper. Paint the perimeter of the egg roll wrapper with the beaten egg.

Step 4

Lay out some turnips in the center of the egg roll wrapper. Add the sliced pickles and some of the parsley mixture. Top it off with a few strips of the shawarma beef.

Step 5

Roll the wrapper from one corner to the next. Pull it back to create a cylinder.

Step 6

Fold in the two side corners of the wrapper over the cylinder and roll it up closed.

Place the egg roll into the hot oil and fry until golden brown and bubbly.

Step 7

Combine the tahini paste with water and 1 teaspoon of salt and mix until the tahini becomes a light, beige color. Season with more salt to desired taste.


How To Make BBQ Egg Rolls


When I was in college, this guy Nick from DudeFoods was one of my culinary heroes. There weren’t too many folks back then who could dream up a bacon-weave taco much less create one. Now working in the food industry, I actually got to know him and discovered he’s probably one of the sweetest guys around.

Speaking of sweet, the dude created some egg rolls stuffed with BBQ ribs and coleslaw.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • shredded rib meat
  • coleslaw
  • eggroll wrappers
  • water (for wash)
  • oil for frying
  • BBQ sauce for dipping

Here’s how to make it:

Take your rib meat and shred it as finely as you can.

Place a teaspoon full of meat at the center of the egg roll wrapper.

Add the coleslaw, about a little less than the meat portion.

Wet the edges of the egg roll wrapper. Wrap it.

Deep fry until golden brown.

Serve with BBQ sauce.


This Chef Took In-N-Out Burger And Transformed It Into Egg Rolls


It’s safe to say that any recipe will turn out amazing if it features some aspect of In-N-Out. Chef Josh Elkin, known for homemade Dunkaroos and Pizza Roses, combines the delicious fast food chain’s burgers with egg rolls.

Yep, egg rolls.

Here’s what you’ll need:


Order your favorite combo from the burger spot and take it back to the kitchen. On your way, pick up some egg roll wrappers from your nearest supermarket.

Also, an egg for the wash and oil for deep frying.

Here’s what to do:

Cut your In-N-Out burger into slices. Lay out the egg roll wrappers on a flat surface. Place a piece of your burger slice, along with fries and grilled onions, in the center of the wrapper. Throw on some egg wash around the edges and seal your egg roll.

Carefully, drop your egg rolls in a a pot of hot oil and fry until they’re a nice golden brown.

Once they’re ready, serve with some of In-N-Out’s spread for dipping. Check out our video for the recipe.


Bacon Mac and Cheese Egg Rolls


Recipe: Miss in the Kitchen


This California Restaurant Has Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls


No, you didn’t read the headline wrong. Yes, this restaurant does serve philly cheesesteaks egg rolls. Del Frisco’s Grille, recently held a soft opening in Irvine, Calif. this week. Located in the Irvine Spectrum (Orange County’s Tweenage Mecca), the new eatery is an extension of the Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.

The place doesn’t quite have that fine-dining feel. In fact, Del Frisco’s teeters on the edge of casual and dressy where one could eat comfortably in either a suit or shorts. Not sure what to make of it yet, but hey at least the food’s good. Also, there’s booze.

Though at the end of the day, do you really want to read some jerk’s opinion, or look at yummy photographs. Thought so.


Cheesesteak Egg Rolls


Made with beef and cheese, it has the consistency of a philly cheesesteak with the crunch of an egg roll. The egg rolls are served with a sweet & spicy chili sauce and honey mustard. Not mad about this at all. In fact, we’re surprised not many places have tried this union before. Solid combo. $13

Ahi Tacos


Tuna tartare served with avocado and a spicy citrus mayo sauce. The tacos are served with crispy fried wonton taco shells. A pretty light entry to the appetizer menu compared to the cheesesteak egg rolls. Maybe that’s why there’s four. $17.50

Crabcake Benedict


The crabcake benedict, poached eggs, toasted Focaccia, with a crab cake patty that’s pretty generous on the crab. Served with a cajun lobster sauce and garnished with a pair of asparagus spears. Savory and sweet in all the right places, it’s definitely a spin on the popular brunch item we’ve never seen before. Plus that yolk, though. Brunch item only. $17

Prime New York Strip


A 16-oz New York strip that seasoned with a dope rub and grilled gingerly. I won’t say much more, but this photo will speak for itself. It’s served with potatoes or something, I forget just looking at this beast. $43

The Adult Milkshake


What makes an adult milkshake, adult? No, it’s not the cherries made to look like bewbs. It’s the Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Creme de Cacao Chocolate Liqueur and vanilla ice cream. Yum. N/A



California Immigration Officer Bribed With Cash & Egg Rolls, Should Have Held Out for the Shrimp Fried Rice


It’s hard making decisions on an empty stomach. Take it from Southern California immigration officer Mai Nhu Nguyen, who was arrested last month for accepting bribes for $2,000 and 200 egg rolls – all without any shrimp fried rice to wash it down.

According to NBC Los Angeles, Nguyen accepted three separate bribes from immigrants — $2,000 for citizenship in June; $1,100 for a green card in 2011 and 200 egg rolls for citizenship, also in 2011. NBC reports that Nguyen had been working at the Santa Ana, Calif. U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service office for the past eight years and can face up to 15 years in federal prison for each count of bribery.

Of course the real travesty here is that Nguyen ever believed the cost of sharing this great nation of ours only amounted to 200 rolls. It’s gotta be, like, at least 500. Plus 50 packs of that sweet chili sauce. And 80 boxes of shrimp fried rice. Come on now, Mai, where’s your capitalist spirit?

H/T NBC LA + PicThx Shop Wisconsin Place


Breakfast Egg Rolls

Wait…tastes good normal…wait….let’s deep fry it…right? Nick? Right. Egg rolls are good by their lonesome, as is a scrambled egg breakfast, so why wouldn’t the two go fabulously together? Breakfast Egg Rolls — Imagine an egg roll wrapper, filled with scrambled eggs, shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped up maple syrup flavored breakfast sausages, diced red and green bell peppers.

Next up on the agenda? Bacon and hash browns egg roll? Maybe a syrupy french toast egg roll? My mind’s-a-racin’!


Epic Egg Roll [VIDEO]

It’s that time of the week where the boys of Epic Meal Time grace us with another witty, sour display of fatty-food-mayhem. This time around, they’ve created an eggroll the size of an XXLarge calzone. Peanut butter dumplings, general tao chicken, cantonese style chow mein, chicken fried rice are all rolled into some custom eggroll batter to give you easily the biggest eggroll in recent memory. Last check was that this eggroll will set you back with 176 grams of fat and 6,378 calories. *Sick Wock Move!*