Savory Pumpkin Wonton Bites

Starters | July 31, 2017 | By

Dazzle your party guests with these Asian-style Savory Pumpkin Wonton Bites! Wontons are incredibly versatile! Our spin on these delicious appetizers combine pumpkin puree with sweet roasted garlic and fragrant Chinese five spice. We steamed them in a bamboo steamer first. You can stop there, or take the next step and quickly fry them for a nice crispy bite. Fresh wontons sure beat the frozen-in-the-bag version! Don’t be skittish about making wontons. They don’t have to look perfect! Just a nice seal on all sides will do (think triangle and you’re golden!) so the stuffing doesn’t leak out. You can purchase wonton wrappers at most grocery stores in the produce section. This is a truly unique appetizer that will be gobbled up quickly! 

These savory pumpkin wontons are a winner for apps! Serve them warm with a sprinkle of basil and parmesan cheese on top!

wontons-on-tray_600x400Place the stuffed wonton wrappers on a baking sheet before steaming.

wontons-in-steamer_600x400Steam the wontons in a bamboo steamer or stove-top steaming insert.

wontons-in-frying-pan_600x400Fry the wontons in a skillet after steaming, and serve warm!

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Savory Pumpkin Wonton Bites
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh Thai basil, chopped (or regular basil, reserve extra for garnish)
  • 14 square wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the tip of the garlic bulb and place in the middle of a sheet of aluminum foil. Fold the sides around the garlic bulb sealing at the top. Place in the middle of the oven. Roast the garlic for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium nonstick skillet, add teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots about 3 minutes until softened. Set aside to cool. Wipe out the skillet.
  3. To make the filling: Squeeze out the roasted garlic from the skin into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the pumpkin puree, shallots, Chinese Five Spice, cayenne pepper, a pinch of salt and pepper, and basil. Mix together with a fork.
  4. To make the wontons: Using one wonton wrapper at a time, place a teaspoonful of the pumpkin mixture into the middle of the wrapper. Using your fingertip, brush the two top sides with water and fold up to meet the top, forming a triangle. Brush the two pointed ends with water and fold the ends over each other to seal, forming a pocket. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat with other wonton wrappers.
  5. Place the wontons in a single layer in a bamboo steamer or other stove-top steamer sprayed with cooking spray. Steam for about 10 minutes. Heat the non-stick skillet with canola oil over medium-high heat. Brown the wontons for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the wontons to a serving platter. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with extra basil. Serve immediately.

If you liked this recipe, try our Pork Potstickers

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Chinese Curry Chicken

Main, Poultry | January 24, 2017 | By

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We’re celebrating the Chinese New Year — “Year of the Rooster” — with this traditional, Chinese Curry Chicken dish that will dance in your mouth!  It’s a one-pot meal that’s a cinch to prepare!  We used chicken thighs for its tenderness, aromatic curry and turmeric powder, lemongrass, and a bit of heat from dried chili peppers. The starchy baby potatoes thicken the dish, so no need to serve with rice (extra carbs!).  Really important tip: Remove the red chili peppers before you eat this dish or you may have to call the fire department to rescue your tongue!  Happy Chinese New Year!  You’ll savor this recipe for years to come!  新年快乐

This dish is bursting with flavor from the fragrant curry powder, turmeric powder, and red curry paste!

This one-pot dish is super easy to prepare!  Just toss in the ingredients and slowly simmer!

 

Chinese Curry Chicken
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and sauté until starting to brown. Add in the lemongrass and sauté with shallots another 2 minutes. Toss in the baby potatoes and dried chili peppers and stir. Stir the chicken thighs together with the sautéed vegetables. Add in the red curry paste, curry powder, turmeric powder and coat the chicken well. Add in coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until chicken is tender and the potatoes are done. Remove lemongrass stalks and chili peppers before serving.

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