This morning as we were driving in the car, my youngest son looked at me and asked “cheese for the mouse?”. This is his way of asking if we are stopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club. You see, we go through a lot of American cheese in our house, anywhere from 1-2 pounds in a week. It’s one of his favorite things to eat. When it comes to American cheese we all prefer the same brand, one that happens to be gluten-free. That brand sells for about $6.99 in many grocery store delis. That price is one of the reasons I don’t buy my American cheese in the grocery store. I buy my American cheese at the deli counter in BJ’s, where it’s $3.99 per pound. Actually, I usually get all of our cold cuts at BJ’s. We use a lot of deli meat in our house and saving a couple of dollars on each pound really adds up. So, I assured my son that we were in fact getting cheese for the mouse and off we went.
Deli cheese and meat aren’t the only things that I buy at BJ’s. I also get our gallons of whole milk there for just under $3 per gallon. It’s as much as $4 per gallon in some grocery and convenience stores. And that isn’t all. There are other items that we use regularly that cost less at BJ’s. Bottled water, the single serving size. For about $4 I can get about 48 bottles of a name brand water, one that my oldest loves and drinks a lot of. Meats, particularly ground beef. I spend under $3 per pound for ground beef there. Their ground beef is lower in fat than ground beef for the same or higher price per pound in the local grocery stores. And string cheese. My youngest eats this like it’s going out of style.
Once we got home and I started putting the food away, I noticed that I had some egg roll wrappers in the fridge that had to be cooked. I decided to make some Ham And Mozzarella Egg Roll Sticks for me, hubby and our oldest. These yummy snacks are super easy to make. Aside from the egg roll wrappers, all you need is string cheese and sliced deli ham, both of which I’d just picked up at BJ’s. Here’s how I make them.
Ham And Mozzarella Egg Roll Sticks
- 12 egg roll wrappers
- 12 sticks of string cheese
- 6 slices of deli ham, sliced in half
- oil for frying
- favorite sauce (in case you like to dip your snacks – marinara as well as cheese both work well)
Pour oil into a deep skillet and turn to high. (I used a square Copper Chef pan for this recipe.)
While the oil heats up you’re going to assemble the snacks.
Lay out the egg roll wrappers.
Place a half of a slice of deli ham onto the egg roll wrapper.
Place a mozzarella stick on top of the ham.
Roll the ham and string cheese up snugly.
Tuck the ends over.
Using your finger, place a little warm water on all seams and ends and press to seal them.
Place the sticks into the hot oil.
Each stick should only take 1-2 minutes to cook. Use tongs to flip them over, if they stay submerged and you don’t flip them they tend to get overcooked.
Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel for a minute to get rid of some of the excess oil.
Serve as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.
We all have to eat. And many folks try to watch what they spend at the grocery sore, or at least be conscientious of it. You can save a good amount on grocery shopping if you buy certain items at BJ’s. In fact, BJ’s members can save up to 25% on groceries when prices are compared to those at the grocery store. Groceries isn’t all that BJ’s carries. They also carry health and beauty products, pet products, clothing, toys, gifts, baked goods, seasonal items, books, movies, technology and much more. And for those of you that enjoy a little nibble, if you go to BJ’s around lunchtime or on the weekend you will find food sampling stations on the corner of many aisles. I love to try new things so it’s a lot of fun for me.