Monday, September 12, 2011

Baked Southwest Wontons

We recently came into a whole lot of wonton wrappers. My freezer and Sue’s freezer were brimming with them. Needless to say we wanted to start using them up.
Wonton wrappers can be filled with just about anything to make a tasty treat. They can then be deep fried, boiled, steamed, or baked. Sue wanted to try and bake some up for her daughter, Kenzie, to take to school in her lunch. She came up with this Southwest style filling and it was really delicious. The wontons seemed to hold their crunchiness too. They softened a bit but didn’t go soggy.
Deep frying is probably one of the tastier methods of cooking wontons but you definitely do NOT have to deep fry to get them crispy. Baking them at a high temperature works just as well.
Southwest Baked Wontons
2 cups chicken, cooked, shredded
½ can black beans
¾ cup corn
1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup onion, finely chopped
Salt & pepper
1 jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
1/3 cup Thai Chili sauce (Or your favourite sauce with a little zip)
Stir fry all ingredients in large frying pan. Let cool to at least room temp. (You can put it in the fridge to speed process.)

Mmm... Filling!

 Preheat oven to 400. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Fill wonton wrappers with only a little the filling so they are not too full.

Don't fill wrappers too full or they won't seal

Wet the edges of the wrapper with water (Have a little bowl of water to dip your finger in) and seal. Place on cookie sheet. When you have filled your cookie sheet with wontons, spray them lightly with cooking spray.

Different ways to seal your wontons

Bake at 400 until wrappers are golden brown. (I think this was about 15 minutes but I’m not 100%)
Can be eaten now or let cool to room temp, store in airtight container in fridge, and eat for lunch the next day.
This is a simple yet different recipe for the kids to take in their lunch. This was basically a “throw everything into a pan and hope for the best” recipe that turned out pretty tasty. Sue has learned to be pretty creative to feed her picky eater. You can, of course, fill wonton wrappers with whatever ingredients you have on hand. As long as it is not too liquid-y then you should do okay.
Our next experiment with wonton wrappers is going to be wonton wrapper ravioli. Stay tuned, we will let you know how it turns out.

1 comment:

  1. Jord liked them too...they are all long gone!