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Make ahead spring rolls?

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  • monas Nov 19, 2012 07:59 PM
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I'm making spring rolls - paneer and (likely) chicken - for a party this weekend. Can I make them ahead of time? I'd love to be able to fill and seal them tomorrow, so frying is all I have to do on Saturday, but I'm not sure if that will work? I plan to use standard spring roll wrappers from the Asian foods aisle of our grocery store. I know when I'm filling, I have to keep the unused ones covered for fear of drying - will they dry out if I freeze them without frying? And I assume I should freeze them individually on a cookie sheet and ziplock bag them, but should I cover them on the cookie sheet with plastic wrap?

All advice and suggestions are very much appreciated!

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  1. I make them ahead, flash freezing them on parchment so that none of them are touching, and then use them as I need. They turn out great!

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    1. re: katecm

      Thank you! One more question - do you fry them frozen or thaw them first?

      1. re: monas

        Fry them from frozen. If defrosted they become saggy, and mishapened. They also tend to split.

        1. re: letsindulge

          Awesome - thank you!

          1. re: monas

            We pan fry ours then freeze. Then reheat in the oven, they turn out nice and crispy.