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Easy Won Ton Soup

Easy Won Ton Soup

Easy Won Ton Soup

When I was a kid going out for Chinese food with my family was always so special. The food wasn’t at all like the food we made at home. It always seemed so exotic to me. It was brought to the table in covered steel dishes on pedestals. You would take off the lids to see what treasure was in each one. Everything about it seemed magical to me. The first course would always be the Won Ton Soup. Brought in a big bowl, one of my parents would ladle some out to each of us. Such nice memories. I was defrosting my freezer recently and found some won ton wrappers. I decided to use some of them to make Won Ton Soup. I admit it will never be the same as the soup I ate in the Chinese restaurant years ago- but it will always make me think of those happy times with my family.

 Easy Won Ton Soup

24 Won ton wrappers

1 c. cooked chicken

1/4 c. minced celery

1 t. soy sauce

1 t. sesame oil

4 c. chicken stock

4 c. fresh spinach

Combine chicken with the celery, soy sauce and sesame oil. Place 1 teaspoon of the chicken mixture in the center of a won ton wrapper. Moisten edges and fold in half to form a triangle. Press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Heat stock and add the wrappers and spinach and cook until heat through and spinach is cooked, about 5 minutes. Serves 2-3.

Raspberry Chocolate Wonton Bundles

Raspberry Chocolate Bundles

Raspberry Chocolate Bundles

Still playing around with wontons and since I have some fresh raspberries I decided to use them together. I added chocolate, too. Once I filled all the bundles I baked them until golden brown, cooled them a little, and dusted with powdered sugar. These would be a cute dessert to make when fresh berries are available. I could see using blackberries or blueberries, too. They were quick to assemble, too.

Here is what I did.

I started by washing the raspberries and then putting them in a small bowl with some sugar. I rolled the raspberries around to coat them. I put a combination of chocolate chips- I had mini ones- and 3 raspberries in the center of each won ton wrapper. I’d say about a teaspoon of chips.

Place chocolate chips and 3 raspberries in the center of each wonton wrapper

Place chocolate chips and 3 raspberries in the center of each wonton wrapper

I used water to moisten the edges of the wrapper and brought 2 points together to form and triangle. Then I brought the other 2 points up to create a cute little bundle. I pressed all the edges together to minimize leaks. I put the little bundles on a baking sheet- lined with a silicone baking mat and sprayed them with some non-stick spray. I could have  brushed them with oil instead or even used nothing. I baked them in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. They were crispy and golden brown. They could have even cooked a minute or two longer. I placed them on a tray to cool and dusted them with powdered sugar. They came out quite nice.

I wasn’t sure how much moisture the raspberries would create when they got hot. I tried to leave them intact and not crush or bruise them as I placed them in the wrappers. The wrappers I used already had a cornstarch coating on them. I assumed the cornstarch would thicken any juices the raspberries made and that seemed to be the case. While some juices bubbled out of some of the wrappers it was no worse than berries bubbling out of a pie. The next day I tested a couple and they were still pretty crisp.

Bring points together to form a bundle

Bring points together to form a bundle

Place on parchment, silicone baking sheet or lightly oil a cookie sheet.

Place on parchment, silicone baking mat or lightly oil a cookie sheet.

Bake until golden brown

Bake until golden brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allow to cool a little before dusting with powdered sugar

Allow to cool a little before dusting with powdered sugar

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

Strawberry Won Tons

Strawberry Won Tons

Strawberry Won Tons

Still playing around with these won ton wrappers. I wanted a dessert recipe and decided a spin on strawberry pie might be fun. I started with a pound of strawberries. I used about a cup of sliced berries to make the glaze. Just placed the berries in a small saucepan with about 1/2 cup of water and brought to a boil. Simmered for 10 minutes or so- until the berries lost color and the liquid turned a pretty red color. I strained out the liquid and discarded the berries.  I put the berry liquid back on the stove, sweetened with sugar to taste- about 1/4 cup, maybe a bit more. I also made a slurry of water and tapioca starch to thicken it. I could have used corn starch but tapioca starch holds up better to reheating. I used about a tablespoon of tapioca starch and a couple of tablespoons of cold water and poured this into the simmering strawberry liquid until it got to the thickness I wanted. I removed the glaze from the stove and let it cool down. Once cooled I added about 2 cups of finely chopped strawberries. Now my filling was ready to go.

 

To make the little strawberry-wontons I just put a teaspoon of the filling in the middle of a wonton. I moistened the edges of the wrapper with water and folded it in half. I also folded some up like little eggs rolls. In small pan I heated the oil to 350 degrees. Less than half an inch of oil in the pan. Pan fried until crisp- about 30-60 seconds per side. Drained on paper towels and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Spoon filling on center of won ton wrapper

Spoon filling on center of won ton wrapper

Pan fry until crisp.

Pan fry until crisp

Cool a little then dust with powdered sugar

Cool a little then dust with powdered sugar

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers

We went down to the Asian market recently. I always have so much fun there- and buy so much. Stocked up on won ton wrappers. OK, I had a class on cooking with wontons but I bought a LOT more wontons than we would need for class. I’ve been having fun playing around with them. I’ll be posting pictures and recipes.  Some of these are recipes from class, some are new.

Pot Stickers are called that because when the steaming liquid evaporates and they start to brown on the bottom they tend to stick to the pot. Doing them in an un- seasoned pan that does not have a non-stick coating can result in the pot stickers leaving their bottoms behind them in the pan.

Feel free to play around with fillings. I could easily have left out the meat and added chopped, cooked mushrooms for a vegetarian version.

Traditional Pot Stickers

1/2 pound ground pork- I used ground chicken
1/2 medium head cabbage, finely chopped- I used Chinese cabbage, or nappa
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 slices fresh ginger root, finely chopped
2 water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 (14 ounce) package wonton wrappers
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup water- or stock

Dipping Sauce:
1 tablespoon chili oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Crumble pork into a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the pork, cabbage, green onion, ginger, water chestnuts, salt, sugar and sesame oil. Chill in the refrigerator 6 to 8 hours, or overnight. Place a tablespoon of the pork mixture into each of the wonton wrappers. Fold the wrappers, and seal the edges with a moistened fork. In a large, deep skillet, heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium high heat. Place the pot stickers into the oil seam sides up. Heat 30 seconds to a minute. Pour water into the skillet. Gently boil 7 to 8 minutes, until oil and water begins to sizzle, and then add remaining oil. When the bottoms begin to brown, remove pot stickers from heat. In a small serving bowl, mix together the chili oil, soy sauce, and vinegar, adjusting proportions to taste.

 

Start browning in a pan.

Start browning in a pan.

Steam in liquid

Steam in liquid

Pot stickers should be brown on the bottom

Pot stickers should be brown on the bottom

 

 

Won Ton Duck Soup

Won Ton Duck Soup

Won Ton Duck Soup

After duck dinner with friends a few days ago I was left with the wings, neck and a few bony pieces of back. I didn’t want to waste them so I used them for stock. The few pieces of duck I had only gave me about half a cup of meat. Then I got a call from a friend and suddenly had company coming for dinner. To make the duck meat go a little further I used the meat in won tons and made an Asian inspired soup. I had an onion, a small sweet potato, some canned straw mushrooms and green onions. Ended up with a very yummy dinner for two. Jonathan gave it two thumbs up. I was happy to get a nice meal out of just stuff I had on hand. I had also trimmed off some skin from the ducks before roasting them and had rendered the fat. I used it to brown the onions for the soup. Use oil if you don’t have duck fat.

Won Ton Duck Soup

4 c. duck stock- made from wings, neck, gizzard and back pieces, onions, carrots etc.

1/2 c. duck meat

1 T. hoisen sauce

1/4 t. ginger

about 12 wonton wrappers

1 T. duck fat

1  onion, diced

1 rib celery, sliced

1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 can straw mushrooms, drained

sesame oil

salt and hot sauce to taste

3 T. green onion, chopped fine

Make a stock from duck trimmings and aromatic vegetables. Strain and set aside. Remove what meat you can from the duck and mince fine. Combine cooled duck meat with hoisen sauce and ginger. Place a teaspoon on the duck mixture in a wonton wrapper. Moisten edges of wrapper and fold like a small egg roll. Set aside. Continue with remaining meat until it is used up. You should get about 12. Meanwhile heat a little duck fat in soup pot and cook onions until tender. Add stock, vegetables and mushrooms and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Add wontons and simmer until they are tender, about 4 minutes. Add a drizzle of sesame oil, season to taste and top with green onion right before serving. Serves 2-3.

 

Won Ton Soup

Won Ton Soup

Won Ton Soup

Still in the mood for Chinese food so I made  a version of Won Ton Soup. I had some leftover won ton wrappers so I filled them with chicken. Simmered them in chicken stock and added spinach at the last minute. Not a traditional Won Ton Soup, but I had to work with what I had. It tasted good so that is what matters in the end.

Won Ton Soup

24 Won ton wrappers

1 c. cooked chicken

1/4 c. minced celery

1 t. soy sauce

1 t. sesame oil

4 c. chicken stock

4 c. fresh spinach

Combine chicken with the celery, soy sauce and sesame oil. Place 1 teaspoon of the chicken mixture in the center of a won ton wrapper. Moisten edges and fold in half to form a triangle. Press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Heat stock and add the wrappers and spinach and cook until heat through and spinach is cooked, about 5 minutes. Serves 2-3.

Won Ton Appetizers

Won Ton Appetizers

Won Ton Appetizers

For a recent Chinese New Year dinner I was in charge of appetizers. I ended up using won ton wrappers for 3 different dishes. I made Sesame Spinach, Honey-Ginger Chicken and Crab Rangoons. I wrapped each of them up differently so they would look nice on the platter and be easier to identify. Serve with assorted dipping sauces and soy sauce.

 

 

Sesame Spinach Triangles

oil

1 small onion, chopped fine

12 oz. fresh spinach, cooked, chopped  and drained or 1 (10 oz.) box frozen spinach, thawed, cooked and drained

1/2 c. chopped water chestnuts

2 T. oyster sauce

2 t. sesame oil

1 t. hot sauce

won ton wrappers

Heat oil in skillet and cook onion until tender. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients, except won ton wrappers. Adjust seasonings, if needed. Allow mixture to cool. Place 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of a won ton wrapper. Moisten edges with a little water and fold over to form a triangle. Press to seal edges. Place filled triangles in 375 degree oil and fry for about 2 minutes or until golden.

Honey Ginger Chicken Won Tons

1 c. cooked diced chicken- I used thighs

1/4 c. minced celery

1/4 c. mayo

2 T. honey

2 T. dried minced onion

1 T. hoisen sauce

1 t. fresh grated ginger

salt and hot sauce to taste

won ton wrappers

Combine all ingredients, except the wrappers,  and mix well. Place 2 teaspoons of filling in the center of each won ton wrapper. Moisten edges with a little water. Fold in 2 corners to meet in the middle. Starting at one of the remaining corners fold up and over and form into a roll. Press to seal edges. Fry in hot oil ( 375 degrees) for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.

Crab Rangoons

1 clove garlic, minced

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1 (6 ounce) can crab meat, drained and flaked

2 green onions with tops, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce

won ton wrappers

 Combine all filling ingredients and chill until ready to use. Place 2 teaspoons of filling onto the center of each wonton skin. Moisten the edges with water and bring 2 corners together. Bring the other 2 corners up and press all together to seal. Press all seams to seal. It should look like a little bundle.  Fry in hot oil until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.

Sesame Spinach Triangles

Sesame Spinach Triangles

Honey Ginger Chicken Rolls

Honey Ginger Chicken Won Tons

Crab Rangoons

Crab Rangoons

 

 

Apple Pie Won Tons

Apple Pie Won Tons

Apple Pie Won Tons

With a Chinese New Year dinner tonight with friends I wanted to bring something for dessert. Since I haven’t been going to the grocery store I had to work with what I have already. I am using won ton wrappers to make appetizers and decided to use some of them for dessert, too. I wrapped a small amount of apple pie filling in each wrapper, sealed them up and pan fried in a little oil. Before serving dust with powdered sugar. They taste like little crispy apple pies. Not a traditional Chinese dessert but a nice finish for dinner. These are tiny bites, allow 4-5 per person.

 

Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each wrapper

Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each wrapper

Fold sides in

Fold sides in

Roll up- use a little water to seal

Roll up- use a little water to seal

Ready for frying

Ready for frying

Drain on paper towels, then serve

Drain on paper towels, then serve