On our cooking with Stacy and Tatum day we started off making Wonton Soup...
- 6 oz pork, not too lean and roughly chopped
- 2 oz peeled prawns finely chopped (we left this out because my girlies have a possible shrimp allergy - that's a story for another day...we added a bit more pork)
- 1 t light brown sugar
- 1 T Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
- 1 T soy sauce
- 1 t finely chopped scallions - the recipe calls them 'spring onions' - much prettier huh?
- 1 t finely chopped fresh root ginger
- 24 ready-made wonton wrappers
- 3 Cups stock
- 1 T soy sauce
- Finely chopped spring onions
or thinly sliced carrots...or those little dancing mushrooms from Disney's Fantasia...
...add what ever you would like!
You will notice as you are preparing this that your kitchen will begin to smell much like a Chinese kitchen might...fresh ginger...soy sauce...everything blends so nicely and just smells yummy.
While the girlies were working...Stacy and I were drinking tea and thinking....
We never miss an opportunity to share a cup of tea....
What else could we do with those wonton wrappers??? Hmmmm....
So we whipped up a bowl of crab filling and had the girlies fill and fry some of the wontons - for an appetizer of course!
Mix together -
1 can crab meat
2 T mayonnaise
2 T Parmesan cheese
2 t garlic (freshly chopped or in the jar from the store)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Then just put a dollop in each wonton wrapper, fold it up and fry in hot oil til slightly browned.
Now that the pork mixture has set a bit and all it's wonderful flavors have mixed - you are ready to make those wontons.
Forming the wontons isn't hard - I have some pictures below where me made yet another form of wontons...dessert wontons!
After you have formed all of your wontons put the broth in a large pot and add any other ingredients that you want to include. Bring the broth to a boil, add the wontons and cook for 10 - 15 minutes. Don't cook this too hard or the wontons will open up - just sayin'. Season with the remaining soy sauce and spring onions (I feel so fancy saying 'spring onions').
Get out some pretty bowls and you are ready to enjoy your Wonton Soup...
The next day still on a wonton high we decided to make a dessert wonton.
We fried them up and dusted them (well liberally sprinkled them) with powdered sugar...
I think you could just keep going from here...you could easily make a vegetarian wonton and use vegetable broth for the soup...what about cream cheese and pepper jelly in a fried wonton...or maybe blueberry filling for a dessert wonton...and then you could dip them in things....the possibilities are endless........
So, get out to the store and pick up some wonton wrappers and have at it...just let me know what new things you come up with!
PS There is some question about the proper spelling of wonton...and since I used the word so liberally here I thought it might warrant some looking into...
Dictionary.com says it can be spelled either way won ton or wonton, the spell check on this blog wants it to be spelled won ton and the cook book above and the wrapper package both say wonton...
As they say...."To each his own."