Christmas Eve Lumpia Party

I was invited to my first ever Christmas Eve Lumpia Party this year. Lumpia? For Christmas Eve? Why not? After all, what better way to celebrate the holiday season than friends gathering to play with food?

There are different types of lumpia. We made a Filipino style, fried lumpia with a pork based filling – ground pork, cabbage, green onions, garlic, egg, and seasonings.  I think this is the recipe that these lumpia were based on, but if not, it is very similar:


Some recipes call for the filling to be cooked, others not.







We cooked the filling.








Once you get all of the ingredients set up, it’s actually fairly easy to assemble the lumpia. You’ll need the prepared filling, separate the lumpia wrappers and be sure to keep them covered with a moist towel because they dry out easily. Be sure to have a moist towel to cover the rolled lumpia also.

Once you have everything in place, then start wrapping. To wrap, take one wrapper and place some filling on the corner, as shown below.

Now the lumpia are ready to cook.










Serve these with an assortment of sauces, such as Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Plum Sauce, or whatever sauce will pair nicely with the filling.


We also made some dessert lumpia – one with a honeyed mascarpone and blackberries, and one with bananas.




Honeyed Mascarpone Blackberry 


Banana with Cinnamon 










Then, as you could probably predict, we began to experiment. What else could we fill these with? We had some homemade fudge, so we wrapped up some with fudge and nuts, and a few with fudge and blackberries.

What a fun tradition! I am already looking forward to next year!


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