You'll find the original version of this delectable Roadhouse Grill signature item in the "starters" section of the menu. It's a variation on the popular fried cheese sticks appetizers with spicy jalapeno peppers in the middle, all wrapped in large spring roll wrappers before frying. The marinara sauce on the side is perfect for dipping this tasty cheesy tidbit. To save time -- and we all like that -- you can use any of your favorite marinara pasta
sauces (such as Ragu) for dipping so you won't have to whip it up from scratch.
8 thin slices monterey jack cheese
8 thin slices cheddar cheese
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
4 large spring roll wrappers
1 beaten egg
6 to 10 cups vegetable oil
On the side
Marinara (pasta) sauce
Slice the cheese real thin, add peppers and chives, roll
it all up and give it a good squeeze before wrapping
1. Use a sharp knife to make 8 thin slices each from the
end of standard-size hunks of cheddar and monterey jack cheeses.
2. Arrange 2 slices of cheddar and 2 slices of jack on your hand,
then sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of diced jalapeno on top of the
cheese. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of minced chives on next. Sandwich
the peppers and chives between the cheese and roll it all up.
Fold the cheese and squeeze it all together so that the peppers
and chives are well sealed into the middle of the cheeses.
3. Lay a spring roll wrapper with one corner pointing away from
you. Arrange the cheese lengthwise on the center of the wrapper.
4. Fold one of the side corners over the cheese filling. Brush a
little beaten egg on the tip of the other side corner and fold it
over the first corner so that it sticks. Brush some beaten egg on
the corner pointing away from you. Fold the bottom corner up and
over the filling. Roll the wrapper up, keeping it tight, until it
rolls over the top corner with the egg on it. It should stick.
Repeat with the remaining rolls, then cover them all and chill
for at least 30 minutes. This will be long enough to heat up the
oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees.
5. When the oil is hot, fry the rolls for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or
until the outside is golden brown. Drain the rolls on a rack or
paper towels for 2 minutes before serving with your favorite
marinara sauce on the side for dipping.