Light & Crispy Wontons

IMG_1979In the midst of the June gloom we’re experiencing in Southern California, I’ve enjoyed making some fun light-but-warm summer recipes. One of my recent favorites is my homemade wonton recipe. These wontons use light turkey meat as a healthy substitution, and they are fun to make! You don’t need to be a wonton expert to put them together. Any kind of fold will do, and we went with a classic wonton fold. There are a lot of fun options out there! These crispy wontons are the perfect appetizer at a party or a side dish for a family dinner. Any way you serve them I promise they will be a hit!

Wonton Ingredients: IMG_1939

  • 1/2 pound lean, ground turkey
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 5 scallions chopped
  • 8 oz water chestnuts, drained (one can)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 package wonton skins (about 50)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • about 4 cups of vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 cup wonton dipping sauce

Wonton Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsp dry Chinese mustard
  • 1/2 cup bitter orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Directions:IMG_1945

  1. Combine turkey, ginger, scallions, water chestnuts, and soy sauce
  2. Lay wonton skins out on flat surface and place about a tsp of filling in the center. Wet the edges and fold wonton into desired shape (I folded the square diagonally and pulled the edges together) IMG_1950
  3. Brush the corner with egg yolk to keep the edges together
  4. Heat oil in skillet and drop small pieces of wonton in to measure oil’s heat (When wonton puffs and rises to the top the oil is ready)
  5. Slide wontons carefully into hot oil and fry until lightly brownedIMG_1955
  6. Remove and set on paper towel to dry
  7. Mix the dry mustard with enough water so that it creates a smooth paste
  8. Combine it with the other dipping sauce ingredients in a mixing bowlIMG_1956
  9. Add in marmalade, honey, and soy sauce and blend thoroughly
  10. Dip wontons in sauce and enjoy!

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