Think wonton wrappers are just for pot stickers and soup? Think again! From sweet pastries to hearty Italian, and so much in between, wonton wrappers are amazingly versatile and a great substitute in recipes that can be quite time consuming and intimidating. Click through to check out some fabulous, and surprising, uses for wonton wrappers.
Earlier: 16 Ways to Enjoy Winter Greens
Who says wontons are only for savory dishes? Try out these tasty chocolate wontons.
1. Dessert Wontons with Chocolate Filling
- 1 Egg
- 10 Wonton wrappers
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Powdered sugar
- Quartered strawberries, or sliced bananas for garnish (optional)
Wok or deep fryer (if you don’t have either, you can use a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan)
Deep fry thermometer
1. Whisk egg and 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl. Working on a clean dry countertop or cutting board, place a wonton wrapper so that a tip is pointing towards you. Add 1 teaspoon of chocolate chips in the center of the wrapper. With a pastry brush, coat a thin layer of egg along the edges of the wrapper. Fold into triangle, getting out as much air as you can from the inside. Press along the edges with your fingers to make sure the wrapper is sealed well. While you’re working, keep the folded wontons under a damp towel to prevent drying.
2. In your wok, deep fryer, or saucepan, heat about 2 inches of oil until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. Gently add wontons, 3-4 at a time (don’t overcrowd them!) and fry until golden brown. This can take anywhere from 45 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes. Flip and fry the other side, for a few seconds less than the first side. Let the wontons drain on a paper towel. Let cool for a few minutes. Top with powdered sugar and strawberries and serve warm.
Recipe Adapted From: Steamy Kitchen
Next: Wonton Crackers & Nachos
A simple and delicious snack, these crackers should be eaten soon and stored in an air-tight container. If this recipe is just too simple for you, consider adding some dried herbs or spices before baking. If you’re looking for an Asian-inspired cracker, use a more neutral oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top before baking. So many options!
4. Wonton Crackers
- 12-16 Wonton wrappers
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly-ground pepper
- Black sesame seeds (optional)
Oven Temperature: 375 degrees.
1. On a rimmed baking sheet, place wonton wrappers without overlapping them. Brush on olive oil with a pastry brush. Sprinkle desired amount of salt, pepper, and optional sesame seeds.
2. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 8 minutes, or until golden. Remove from oven and place crisps on a wire rack. Let cool completely before eating.
Recipe Adapted From: Martha Stewart
7. Wonton Nachos
1 Pack wonton wrappers, cut in half diagonally
Canola oil for frying
2+ Cups grated jack and/or cheddar
Any of the following:
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Green onion, diced
Radishes, sliced thinly
Sour cream, thinned slightly with water
Deep fryer (if you don’t have either, you can use a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan)
Deep fry thermometer
1. Fry wonton wrappers. In your wok, or saucepan, heat oil until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. Work with them a few at a time, and fry until golden brown. Place on a paper towel-lined plate.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with a nonstick spray. Place wonton chips in even layers of chips, toppings and cheese.
3. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Serve immediately.