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Gluten-Free Egg Rolls

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img_3080xEgg rolls, lumpia, spring rolls — whatever you call them, it means meat and/or vegetables wrapped and usually fried. Typical wrappers for egg rolls are made with wheat. But after watching Emeril use rice paper wrappers on Planet Green, I decided to try making egg rolls with them. The rice paper spring roll wrappers were a little more difficult to work with, but with a little practice they turned out even better than the traditional — lighter and crispier in texture.

Gluten-Free Egg Rolls


1/4 Cup soy sauce (Make sure it’s gluten-free!)
1/2 tsp dry ground mustard
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic salt
salt and pepper to season
1 lb. ground pork
20-24 Rice Paper/12″ Spring Roll Wrappers
2 – 3 Cups vegetables, julienne
peanut oil for frying


  1. img_3062xMix the soy sauce, mustard, ginger and garlic salt and pour into a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the vegetables and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the vegetables.
  2. Lightly season the pork with salt and pepper and place into the skillet. Using a spoon or spatula, break up the pork into small pieces. Cook about 10 minutes until the pink is almost gone. Then add the vegetables to the pork and stir together. Remove from the heat.
  3. Prepare the wrappers: Place about 1/4 cup of water onto a large plate. Now gently take a wrapper and submerge it into the water for about 15 seconds. Don’t leave it in too long or it will start to break up. You just need it to be pliable enough to work with. Remove the wrapper from the water and place on another clean plate.img_3069x
  4. Wrap it up: Place about 2 heaping tablespoons of the meat/vegetable filling onto the upper middle of the wrapper. Fold the top of the wrapper over the filling and then fold in each side. Now roll it up, making sure to tuck in the filling. Continue rolling until it is all tightly sealed. Set aside and continue with the remaining egg rolls. The wrappers can get sticky, so don’t stack the egg rolls.
  5. Pour about 1″ inch of oil into a large pot and heat over medium-high. Carefully place three or four egg rolls into the oil and turn each one as it starts to brown. It should only take a couple minutes to cook. Once they are browned on all sides, remove to a drying rack or a plate lined with paper towels.  img_3071xContinue cooking four egg rolls at a time until they are all cooked.

Additional Notes:

  • The wrappers can get sticky. So, don’t stack them up before frying. I didn’t have trouble with them sticking to the pot, but I did have trouble with the wrappers sticking to my tongs, so turn them carefully.
  • Serve with rice and a sweet-and-sour sauce for dipping. Delicious!
  • You may also want to try Emeril’s Honey-Mustard Dipping Sauce: Combine 1 TBSP Dijon mustard, 1 TBSP lemon juice, 1 TBSP honey. Then whisk in 1/4 Cup Canola oil.
  • If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Emeril Lagasse’s Emeril Green show, check it out:

If you’re looking for more gluten-free recipes, check out this week’s edition of What Can I Eat That’s Gluten Free? at The Gluten-Free Homemaker.

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Gluten-Free Cooking Spree – DC Metro

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311269014jpgWhat: The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness invites you to participate in the Gluten-Free Cooking Spree event that joins together the medical and lifestyle aspects of celiac disease to educate both doctors and chefs about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

  • Top chefs, doctors and reporters will be put on to teams of three. Each team will have one chef, one doctor and one reporter. Together, the doctor, chef and reporter will work to create the best gluten-free dish.
  • Attendees will sample the food cooked by the chefs and enjoy a large assortment of other gluten-free food options. Come hungry! All attendees will take home a fabulous goodie bag filled with treats from a variety of gluten-free vendors.
  • A three-person panel will judge the recipes and award a prize to the winning team.

When: Friday, May 01, 2009 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM (ET)

Where: Hyatt Regency-Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

More Details: This event was sold out in 2008, so early registration is encouraged.

Early Bird General Admission tickets purchased by April 15 are $50

General Admission tickets purchased after April 15 are $75

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Atomic Fireballs, Lemonheads, etc.

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In response to a question of the gluten content of their candies, the Ferrara Pan company emailed us the following:

“Below are Ferrara gluten free products. There is no wheat, oats, rye or
barley contained in the products below. You can enjoy them all.

Categories : Candy, Product Advisory
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Gluten-Free in Schools Seminar

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The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is holding an online seminar April 3, 10:30 PDT (1:30 pm EDT) on being Gluten-Free in Schools. Presenters will be:

  • Margaret Weiss Masiello, RD; Clinical Coordinator of Kogan Celiac Center
  • Beckee Moreland, GREAT Guide Coach
  • Nancy Baker, Director of Education – NFCA

This is a webinar, thus takes place online. Participants will log in to a specific website to watch the presentations and call a specific phone number to listen to it at the same time. The cost of the seminar is free, however you will be responsible for any phone charges you may incur.

Space is limited so be sure to register if you’re interested.

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Jelly Belly Candy

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I’ve always been a fan of Jelly Belly jellybeans. And once we started the gluten-free diet, I was happy to find out that they are gluten-free. But, I noticed some Jelly Belly candy online the other day that didn’t look gluten-free, so I decided to do some research. After contacting the company about their candies, I got the following response:

“The only products we manufacture that contain gluten are listed below. All other Jelly Belly products, including Jelly Belly Beans, are Gluten free.

The following items contain Gluten:
Chocolate Malt Balls
Christmas Chocolate Malt Balls
Christmas Deluxe Mix
Classic Candies Gift Box
Classic Licorice Gift Box
Deluxe Easter Mix
Deluxe Halloween Mix
Licorice Bridge Mix
Licorice Pastels
Speckled Chocolate Malted Eggs

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