Remember my churros from Mexican Night? Well, there has also been an Italian night with tiramisu that never got photographed, a French night with hazelnut creme brulee that never made the blog, but finally with Asian night, my dessert has made the cut! I know these “spring rolls” aren’t anything close to what you’d actually find anywhere in Asia, but they’re a play off of one of our favorite desserts from P.F. Changs — fried banana spring rolls. I added the Nutella bit in simply because I wanted to, and it was a great choice! Whatever the theme of your dinner party, these spring rolls are a fun dessert that are sure to please and impress.
When I served these spring rolls for dessert, I had to literally argue with one of my friends to convince her that these were not in fact from the freezer aisle, but homemade by her master Asian chef host (me, duhh). Okay, maybe I’m no master, and maybe rolling spring rolls is actually really, really simple, but it was was fun to trick my friends into thinking I have mad skillz. Since these spring rolls can be perceived as deceivingly challenging, I’ve included a step-by-step tutorial to show you just how easy it is, and so you too can become a master spring-roller. Here we go:
See, wasn’t that easy?? Well, besides the fact that I impressed myself for assembling spring rolls that actually looked like spring rolls, I also got to celebrate conquering my fear of hot oil once again. A few months ago, I burnt my face with hot oil while frying donuts — some hot oil got on my finger, I moved my hand away, brought the slotted spoon with it, and flicked some oil onto my nose and cheek. Well, a few blisters, one dermatology appointment, and a tub of antibiotic cream later, I was healed and ready to get back into deep frying with some extra caution. (Oh, and those donuts were really tasty, but something about my face peeling off prevented me from ever taking pictures of them, here’s the recipe I used). Fortunately, these spring rolls went off without any second degree burns, many thanks to my protective eye wear and face mask I borrowed from clinic. Probably not completely necessary, but it certainly provided some evening entertainment for our guests.
I served my spring rolls with some White Chocolate Ginger ice cream and chocolate sauce — it was the perfect ending to our delicious Asian-themed dinner party!
Banana Nutella Spring Rolls
1 package refrigerated spring roll/egg roll wrappers (found near the faux-meats)
6 bananas, halved
1 cup Nutella
Peanut or canola oil for frying
- Trim bananas and unwrap spring roll wrappers.
- Follow instructions above for rolling bananas and Nutella into the wrappers, I put about 2 tbsp of Nutella in each (but we all agreed more would have been even better!).
- Heat 2″ of oil to 375 degrees and place about 3 spring rolls into the oil at a time, cooking for about 2 minutes or until they are nice and golden.
- Carefully, use a slotted spoon to remove spring rolls, shake off excess oil, and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm with ice cream and enjoy!