Avocado Club Egg Rolls – CPK Knock-Off Recipe

Avocado Club Egg Rolls – CPK Knock-Off Recipe

If you’ve been following me for a while it will not come as a surprise to you that CPK is one of my favorite chain restaurants of all time. We went there a lot as kids because everyone in the family loved something on the menu – and my sister and I were picky eaters so that was a big deal! So it was a sad day when CPK in downtown Chicago closed its doors (the rent was going up – ugh), so I have resorted to making my own avocado club egg rolls at home to get my fix of my favorite appetizer there.

I make mine in an air fryer, but if you don’t have one – this recipe has everything you need to make them in the oven.

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INGREDIENTS 

  • Egg roll wrappers (these can be found in the produce section at most grocery stores. It makes no sense but that’s where they are!)
  • 1 grilled chicken breast – diced
  • 1 large Roma tomato – seeded and diced
  • 2 strips of bacon – chopped or crumbled
  • Shredded cheese
  • 1/2 avocado – peeled and sliced or chopped
  • ranch dressing (to dip)
  • PAM cooking spray

TIME

It depends how big your air fryer is, but overall this whole process of cooking the chicken and then compiling the items, rolling the egg rolls, and frying them probably took an hour.

YIELD: 

4 egg rolls

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine filling ingredients – bacon, chicken, tomatoes, and cheese – in a bowl and stir to mix.
  2. Place the egg roll wrapper on a flat dry surface in a diamond shape – so one corner is pointing towards you. NOTE: the wrappers need to be in the fridge so the longer you leave them out the harder they are to work with and can tear so just be gentle with them when handling.
  3. Distribute about 1/4 cup of the filling into the middle of the egg roll wrapper placing chopped or sliced avocado on top.
  4. Fill a bowl with water – this will be for sealing your egg roll wrappers. Dip your fingers in the bowl and brush the outer edge of the wrapper before you start to roll.
  5. Rolling an egg roll is like rolling a mini burrito. Take the diamond point closest to your body and wrap that underneath the filling.
  6. Fold over the two sides on the right and left of your diamond and then roll the egg roll closed.
  7. Spray both sides of the egg roll in cooking spray.
  8. Place egg rolls in the air fryer. I usually do two at a time since I have a smaller air fryer.
  9. Air fryer should be set at 350 degrees and for 5 minutes per side. Make sure to flip in the middle so it’s nice and crispy on both sides.
  10. Cut diagonally and then serve with the ranch dressing.

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Chicago Restaurant Week Recommendations 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week Recommendations 2020

Chicago Restaurant Week used to be my favorite week of all the weeks in Chicago because I got to try a bunch of restaurants that I normally wouldn’t because money. Restaurants that normally would cost me $75pp would now only cost me $35 – what a deal. However, in the past years, Chicago Restaurant Week has changed and some restaurants have higher price points than others and it’s hard to figure out what is a good deal and what isn’t and ultimately what restaurants are worth visiting and which aren’t.

I put together my own list of restaurants that I think are worth the effort based on their menus and some based on bang for your buck.

Most Steakhouses

Steakhouses are usually my go-to pick for restaurant week since I know I am going to be getting a good deal especially if the cut of meat on the menu is a good one. This year, a friend and I are going to GT Prime for dinner because we’ve always wanted to try it. Here are some of my other steakhouse faves that I feel like have good offerings this year: Capital Grille, RPM Steak, Prime & Provisions, and Mastro’s Steakhouse.

Cabra

For $48 per person at Cabra, you get four courses with multiple dishes for each course which makes sense because it is a tapas restaurant. I’ve been here for lunch before and the food is just spectacular. Stephanie Izard can do no wrong IMO. Get the goat empanadas and the beef heart skewers.

Dos Urban Cantina 

I haven’t been here in years, but the meal I did have was sensational. The ceviche scallops at Dos Urban Cantina are to die for and their menu is actually really expensive. For only $36 this is a pretty great deal and they have the ceviche scallops on the menu.

Formento’s

Formento’s is one of my all-time favorite restaurants in my neighborhood. The meatballs alone are worth coming here for. Not only do they have a fantastic happy hour, but their Restaurant Week meal is just as great. This meal is also $48 per person but again you get four courses and it includes some of their best menu items like the bucatini, the meatballs, and the chocolate cake!

Galit

I got to try Galit, an amazing new Middle Eastern restaurant in Lakeview, earlier in 2019 and instantly fell in love. They have the actual best falafel I have ever tasted and their salatim plate (dips & pita) was the most amazing thing ever. Both of these things and many more are on their Restaurant Week menu. I highly recommend this place if you can get in and get their Israeli white. It’s sensational.

Bistro Campagne

Lincoln Square is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago and Bistro Campagne is one of my family’s favorite restaurants. This menu is only $36 and you can get all my favorite items on their menu: the mussels, steak frites, and pain perdu! If you want to try a new neighborhood, this is def not a menu to miss.

Lonesome Rose

A Logan Square hot spot, I loved my brunch I had here a few years ago. Lonesome Rose’s menu has some great choices – I love it when they give you lots of options to pick from and I would definitely go with the nachos.

Rooh

I am a big fan of this new-ish Indian restaurant Rooh in the West Loop. I went with some friends for a girl’s dinner and we loved everything we had. Their butter chicken (I know, I’m basic) was amazing and is on their Restaurant Week menu.

The Bristol

The Bristol is a classic Chicago farm-to-table restaurant and their menu offers four courses with lots to choose from and I know chicken isn’t usually the “thing” to order when out but their Amish style chicken really is to die for.