Have you ever ingested so much candy you fell asleep way too early and woke up the next day with a stomach ache? I always liked to believe the whole “candy isn’t good for you” thing is what we told kids so they’d be less likely to require a trip to the dentist.
I am an adult, this will not effect me, I say to myself as I stuff the 10th Kit Kat bar of the evening into my mouth.
After the events that took place this Halloween weekend, I was left with the worst sugar hangover ever. I felt so groggy, lethargic, and just gross. To get myself feeling normal again, I decided I’d better take a break from riding on the chocolate train.
That is why I have for you today, a splendid recipe for Vegetarian Wontons! Normal wontons are made with pork, which isn’t always the healthiest. Instead, these wonton are filled with shiitake mushrooms, tofu, and water chestnuts for a delicious crunch. Wonton is normally eaten with soup, but I love eating them on their own as a quick meal.
Eat these babies solo, or smothered in soy sauce.
P.s. at the end of the recipe I have a simple guide to how I fold wontons! There are many different ways and this is just the way I was taught. The interwebs and Youtube are great sources for finding other methods of folding as well.
Recipe yields between 25-30 wonton, depending on how much or less you fill each wrapper.
I N G R E D I E N T S :
Pack of 30 wonton wrappers
3 shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup tofu
1/4 cup water chestnuts
1 1/2 tbsp green onions
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp chili flakes
pinch of flour
I N S T R U C T I O N S :
Mince the mushrooms, water chestnuts, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Prepare the other ingredients. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the flour. Once thoroughly mix, add a pinch or two of flour to thicken the filling slightly.
Lay out the wonton wrappers on a plate or saran wrapped surface. Dampen a kitchen cloth or paper towel with water. This will be used to cover your wontons and keep them from drying out after they have been folded. Fill a small bowl with water and place it near your work station.
Center a small dollop of filling into the middle of the wonton wrapper, then fold as desired (see below for step-by-step guide). Work on one at a time, this ensures none of the other wrappers will get soggy from the filling while they wait to be folded.
Fill a pot with 5 in. of water and a pinch of salt. Heat over the stove on high until water begins to boil. Gently place 5-10 wonton in at a time. Turn the heat down to medium-high and then let cook. The wontons will be done once they float to the surface (about 5 minutes).
Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on a plate to cool.
Enjoy with soy sauce and ginger, or maybe even some Sriracha for a little more heat.
How to Fold Wontons:
1. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water. Wet the top, left, and right edges of the wrapper.
2. Pick up the bottom edge and fold it upwards, over the dollop of filling.
3. Line the top and bottom edges up.
4. Tightly press the top edges together from middle to ends.
5. Pick up the wonton gently. Lightly press together the right and left sides of the wrapper with your thumb to get out any air bubbles.
6. Press the edges together, securing the sides.
7. Bring the left and right edges downwards.
8. Dot one of the inner corners with water and secure it to the opposite corner.
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