Sunday, June 12, 2011

Momma Makes.....Wontons

I grew up in a house with very little prepackaged food.  I suppose, at the time, there were not the options available that there are today.  Kraft Dinner (packaged macaroni and cheese) was a treat now and again for us kids, and a grilled cheese sandwich was made with real cheddar........not with processed cheese slices.  My mom has always liked to cook and to experiment with recipes from friends who also enjoy cooking.  Over the years mom has received and traded many wonderful recipes, many of which  have become regulars in her cooking repertoire.  This one is at the ready in her deep freeze for whenever she wants them.  They are quick and fun to make and very delicious.
Oriental Wontons

1 package wonton pasta - approx 75 wrappers (defrosted) or fresh package if avail.
Egg wash - lightly whisk one egg with a teaspoon of water

1 cup lean raw ground pork
8 whole water chestnuts chopped fine (canned in fine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
4 cloves garlic minced
4 dashes sesame oil.
Combine meat with chestnuts, garlic and spices and set aside for immediate use or store in freezer in zip lock  ( date it as a make a head ) up to two weeks

Lay a sheet of wax paper or a linen cloth over a tea tray. Place one wonton wrapper on work surface, straight side facing you. Brush perimeter of wrapper with egg wash. Place 1/2 teaspoon  filling in centre. Fold straight edge away from you to opposite side. Press firmly with both hands all around the filled centre to remove air pockets and seal. Leaving the wonton on the work surface in the same position, brush a dab of eggwash on the underside of the left folded corner and bring both corners together, toward you, to form the traditional nurses cap. (see photo)  Fill the tray in a single layer and transfer to freezer over night. When frozen next day, store wontons in a large zip lock bag to remain in freezer for use as needed. Stores well (two months) in freezer. 
To cook them, add frozen wontons to gently boiling broth with stirring so they don't fall to the bottom and stick to the pot.  Allow broth to return to a boil.  Once the wontons float to the top, allow to gently boil for one minute....then they are done.

Thanks for sharing mom:)

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