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2 tsp converted rice (instant rice)
5 oz smoked Spanish chorizo, cooked
10 oz black canned beans, drained
Half onion, diced
Half red pepper, diced
1 fresh jalapeno, minced
Half cup sweet kernel corn
1 garlic clove, minced
6 oz pepperjack cheese, shredded
10 egg roll wrappers (skins)
1 egg, beaten with a tsp water
oil for frying

Creamy cilantro dipping sauce:
10 oz Mexican style tomato sauce
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Half cup sour cream
1 garlic clove chopped

Cook rice according to package directions, using 1 teaspoon salt. Cool completely.

Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Let cool.

Stir together rice, sausage, black beans, and next 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon about 1/3 cup rice mixture in center of each egg roll wrapper top with cheese about 1 tablespoon. Fold top corner of wrapper over filling, tucking tip of corner under filling; fold left and right corners over filling. Lightly brush remaining corner with egg; tightly roll filled end toward the remaining corner, and gently press to seal.

Pour oil into heavy Dutch oven; heat to 375 degrees F. Fry egg rolls, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on wire rack over paper towels. Serve with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce. Garnish, if desired.

Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce: Mix all ingredients in food processor, until smooth.

Note: For a beautiful presentation, cut top from 1 large red bell pepper, reserving top; remove and discard seeds and membrane, leaving pepper intact. Arrange bell pepper on a serving plate, and fill with sauce.

Serves 10

Prepared by Christopher DeJohn