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Wonton Wrapper Cooking Ideas

It's no secret that we believe great food and wine should be EASY (thus the name of our website). One of our go-to staples in the kitchen is premade, fresh wonton wrappers. Of course, they make great wontons and Asian dumplings, like this week's Pork Potsticker recipe. But they're also great to use for quick ravioli dishes, and they deep-fry beautifully for making tasty, crispy egg rolls and rangoons.

What Are Wonton Wrappers?

Wonton wrappers are square pieces of dough, made from flour, egg, water and salt. They are generally served stuffed with a filling, sealed with a bit of water at the edge and can be formed into a variety of shapes. You can make your own wonton wrappers at home, but they are a pretty easy-to-find ingredient in the Asian product section of any supermarket or grocer. 

Let's Start with Dumplings

When you think of wonton wrappers, the first thing you think of is probably - well, wontons. Stuffed with chicken and herbs and served as a soup in a light broth, wonton soup is a classic of American Chinese cuisine. Beyond just this soup, dumplings made with wonton wrappers are typical of many traditional Chinese dishes and come in a variety of styles: from soups, to steamed to pan-fried. Pork is a very common filling, often flavored with garlic, green onions and sometimes other herbs, like in our Pork Potsticker recipe

Let's Try it Fried

Wonton wrappers also deep-fry ridiculously well - getting crispy and golden brown. Wrap up some cabbage and veggies in one of your wrappers, fry and you've got yourself a spring roll! This preparation is also good with various non-traditional fillings, which you see in the number of 'Asian fusion' spring rolls and egg rolls on menus these days. (Joe's American Grill is making fun of this fad in their current radio commercial). And let's not forget that other staple of American Chinese cuisine - Crab Rangoon. Want to make this at home? Here's how:

  - Mix 1/2 lb crab (canned or fresh) and 1/2 lb cream cheese
  - Add 1 green onion, in thin slices
  - Add a clove of finely chopped garlic + a finely chopped shallot
  - Add 1 tbsp worcestireshire and 1 tbsp soy sauce
  - Dollop a bit of mixture into the center of wonton wrapper
  - Wet edges of wrapper lightly with a bit of water, then seal all the way  around pinching closed for a good seal
  - Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown, ~3 minutes
  - Serve with duck sauce or sweet & sour sauce + serve!

An Easy Way to Ravioli

Another secret way to use wontop wrappers is for making ravioli. The dough is lighter than typical pasta dough, yielding a delicate texture that's great for lighter-style preparations, like in our Butternut Squash Ravioli recipe. It's also a time-saving 'cheat' to whip up ravioli with a homemade filling in half the time of making the whole thing from scratch. Just make your filling as normal, add filling into the center of one wonton wrapper then wet the edges with water. Layer a second wrapper on top and crimp all the way around to make a ravioli shape.

Do you have another way you use wonton wrappers? Share with us at amyandmike@easyfoodandwine.com.

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