By love4culinary on April 23, 2003
Photo by Chef #742617000027
Photo by Chef #742617000027
"From www.TopSecretRecipes.com. This is a copycat recipe I found on the web, and it is EXCELLENT!!!"
Serving Size: 1 (197 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
"This is as close to the original as I can imagine. A few tweaks: tamarind paste is a lot easier to find. I used sprigs of saffron rather than powder. Obviously, you need more than one avocado, I use 6. The honey is what makes it thicker than CF's but I like it. I also don't warm in in the microwave. All the dry ingredients (esp the cashews) go in a food processor. Finally, I tried oriental egg roll wrappers (TYJ) which cook quicker and are crispier and only need water to "glue it" rather than egg. DELICIOUS"
"Wow, this was quite different from anything I've made. I really liked them and the sauce was great. I had won ton rolls so used them instead of eggrolls. I had little bites! I really enjoyed the flavor. There is no Cheesecake Factory in this part of N.C., but if I ever find one I will definetaly try the Avocado Eggrolls! Thanks for a delicious recipe."
"These came out just as I remember....super yummy. I did use 2 avocados and skipped the safran. P.S. Avocados are actually really good for you and considered a "healthy fat" aka monounsaturated that reduces bad cholesterol, good source of protein/potassium/Vita K & B plus fiber! And, I baked mine instead of frying and came out just as good."
"I have eaten at the Cheesecake factory many times solely to have the tamarind sauce for their avocado egg rolls. In my opinion, this tastes NOTHING like the recipe and I followed it to the T. I wasted a lot of money on ingredients not to mention my time."
"I would say this is the closest thing to the Cheesecake Factory Avocado egg roll out there. The only thing I would suggest is modifying the amount of dipping sauce since you end up with a lot left over. But on the other hand, that is just motivation to make more egg rolls."
"I have never tried these at the cheesecake factory so I have no idea how they compare. I thought these were good, but not great. My husband and I both thought they seemed like they were missing something. However, the sauce is AMAZING I almost didn't make it and I would have been missing out for sure!!"
"Delicious! Tasted just like the restaurant. Wish I would have remembered that they serve it with those fried rice noodles on top! I had a hard time finding the tamarind pulp and saffron. Finally ended up at a huge Asian market and had success. The tamarind pulp is in a bag in the freezer section. And we paid $10 for 1.2 grams of saffron. I would say it is equal to 4 "pinches". Pretty pricy. I have enough to make the sauce 3 more times though! I used 6 avocados, and I ended up with 8 eggrolls. I might have filled them more, but they seemed the right size. I was expecting a lot more eggrolls though, since the recipe calls for 1 avocado and it makes 3 eggrolls."
"I love the avacado eggrolls at cheese cake factory. But I must admit I find them to be a bit expensive. When I saw this recipe I was rather eager to try.
It took me longer to find the ingredients then it did for me to prep and cook this dish. Saffron is very expensive. Where I live, it is about $20 for 0.06 of an ounce. So I did substitute with a sprinkle of Goya Sazon "Azafran" seasoning which has a seasonioning blend with safron in it. Only about $3.00 for a box.
The next thing was the tamarind paste. I was not able to find it anywhere. Unfortunalty, I dont know of any asian or hispanic stores in my area within a 10 mile radius. So I did visit a west indian store which had "tamarind candy balls". Just curious, I looked at the ingredients which contained only "tamarind pulp and brown sugar". I figured I would try it.
To my surprised it was delicous! My hubby hates avacado but loved the sauce and wanted to have it with a steak.
I loved the avocado egg rollls. Making egg rolls takes practice but for my first try. They came out just like the pictures. Delicious!!! Thanks for posting this recipe."
"I live in a small town and could not find tamarid paste at my local mexican market, on a whim I went to an asian market and low and behold it was there...several types of it. Trader Joes also sells the saffron strings.Just thought I would share this for those of you struggling to find these ingredients. I cant wait to make these!"
"I had to write a post to respond to @BalugaWhale36
I live in Utah and had no problem at all finding these ingredients. Any Mexican market in the world will have tamarind, and having lived in LA I know if you didn't find any you didn't look very hard. We just decided to buy the tamarind pods and used the seeds to make our own pulp. You soak them in hot water with the shell on, then peel the shell and remove the pulp from the seed. Safron was too expensive so we just used ground tumeric. These ingredients are not hard to find though. The first time we made these everyone who ate them said they tasted just like the Cheese Cake Factory ones, and the same with the dipping sauce. It's kind of a time consuming recipe but very easy to make. We are going to experiment with making them in spring roll wrappers, so I will update to let you guys know how it worked. Also if you don't want to make the dipping sauce the egg rolls have very few ingredients and can be dipped in any of your favorite sauces."
"This is how adamant I am about letting the world know that these reviews are deceptive!! I am an avocado man! I have two avocado trees and pretty much put the stuff on everything. So once I had my first experience with avocado egg rolls I was in Love. I had them at BJ's restaurant and had to learn how to make them... that's what brought me here. Once I found this recipe I thought I was on my way to making my own delicious restaurant style egg rolls. BUT my optimism was short lived.
My problems all began with the ingredients. See I wanted to copy the recipe exactly as it appeared but these ingredients are impossible to find, and I live in Los Angeles where everything is abundant apparently except saffron and tamarind paste. I was left having to make substitution or to all together exclude certain ingredients. That was the worst of it, but it wasn't the end of my cooking troubles!!
After I started, I unfortunately came to the conclusion that the sauce I slaved over to make was NOT meeting the sweet criteria I had in mind. Instead I was left with a sour cilantro dipping sauce which seems more suited for a Mexican dish, such as carne asade or carnitas, instead of egg rolls.
But to say the least, the egg rolls themselves were a good start pointing and have set me on a journey of perfecting this recipe to make them taste just like BJ's egg rolls. Like I said I am an avocado man, and I will succeed in my kitchen journey! ... Stay posted for Baluga Updates!"
"These were awesome! I did not make the dipping sauce because I didn't have many of the main components on hand and I didn't want to substitute so many ingredients. But the avocado rolls by themselves were still really good, everyone liked them."
"I love the avocado egg rolls at BJ's and was looking for a similar recipe. I made these with tortillas instead of egg roll wrappers as I had them on hand, and also made a slapdash version of the sauce without the cashews, saffron and tamarind pulp. They were great, I look forward to trying them again with a few more ingredients thrown in and a sweeter honey sauce like BJ's serves."
"Great dish just one thing if you are not a fan of garlic don't add 2 cloves i added one clove the first time and it was great than i thought to make it better i would the second and it tasted too much like garlic so add one or none it still taste good"
"I left the tamarind pulp and the saffron out of the sauce and it was still AWESOME!!! These egg rolls are, by far, the most delicious thing I have ever eaten."
"This was great! Just like Cheesecake Factory. FYI - I didn't have saffron and didn't notice the difference. This makes a lot of dipping sauce too - I almost doubled it (because I love the sauce) but was glad that I didn't."
"Was the best one outside of Cheesecake Factory i have tasted. On another note please remember that a avocado is about 75% FAT That is where most of the fat is comming from not the deep frying. As long as your oil is hot enough it won't be absorbed into your food. Please do not bake theese......"
"A lot of people are writing about the fat/calorie content. I had the idea of putting the filling in a quesadilla with cheese and still using the dipping sauce. That cuts out the deep frying. There were mixed reviews on baking them. I do LOVE these at the CCF though."
"I had this at the cheesecake factory and loved it so much that I went online to search for the recipe. The recipe was exactly how I remember it tasting at the restaurant! I didn't use tamarind or saffrom for the dipping sauce because I didn't have those ingredients. Also, because I don't like to deep fry my food, I rubbed the egg roll with a little olive oil, put it in a 400 degree oven for 7 minutes, flipped it, and in the oven for another 5 minutes. Perfect!"