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Fried Stuffed Pastries - Nems

Published December 06, 2007        by Nicole

This recipe is way different than chocolate chip or design cookies. But well worth trying.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cooked diced pork, chicken or beef
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 lb. crab meat
  • 1/2 cup cooked vermicelli or fine noodles
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Fat for deep frying

Sift the flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Beat the egg yolk and water and add, tossing lightly until a ball of dough is formed. Chill 1 hour.

Chop together until very fine the meat, mushrooms, crab meat, vermicelli, egg, remaining salt, and pepper. Roll out the dough 1/4-inch thick and cut into 6-inch circles. Place some of the filling on one end, turn ends in and roll up like a jelly roll. Moisten edges with egg white or water to seal. Heat the fat to 365 degrees and fry 2 or 3 rolls at a time for 10 minutes, or until browned. Drain and keep warm while preparing the balance.