For wonton ravioli, make sure you buy wonton wrappers that contain egg. They are slightly thicker and have the right colour. If the skin still isn't thick enough for you, paste 2 pieces together using water.
2. Wonton cups
Wonton wrappers can be baked in muffin tins to make edible containers:
Brush each piece of wonton wrapper with some softened butter
Place 1 or 2 wonton wrappers in each muffin cup (depending on how big you want your wonton cup to be)
Press down to shape the wrappers
Bake them in a preheated 375F / 190C oven for about 1-3 minutes
Leave it to cool before turning the cups out
Make these wonton cups ahead of time. Fill them up with absolutely anything! Guacamole and prawns, fruit and yogurt, egg dip, lemon curd, quiche. Whatever you like!
A visitor told me that her wonton cups were very hard and asked whether there is a way to soften them. I suggested using more butter and to shorten the baking time.
I mentioned in the wonton wrapper article that there are 2 types of wonton wrappers. Try to bake with the northern version which is the egg-less version. It is whitish and thinner.
Look at what some people did with wonton cups.
Lobster with chili coconut mayonnaise. Photo by Stephanie
Crunchy fruit, vegetable & crab sticks in egg mayonnaise. Photo by avlxyz
Sweetheart cheesecake by Alison. Photo by Alison Willey
shrimp with wasabi ginger sauce. Photo by Alison Willey
You don't necessary have to shape wontons into muffin cups to use them as holders. Shape them freehand before baking and see how they turn out. They make great portable and edible food holders for garden parties, like the one below.
heritage Tomatos and Braised Tripe Wonton. Photo by Boris Mann
3. Wonton rolls and wraps
Do you sometimes feel too lazy to make the shortcrust or puff or filo pastry for your wonderful pastries? Store-bought pastry dough is fine except they can have very high calories. Why not substitute the pastry dough with wonton wrappers?
For example, a cheese wonton. Roll strips of mozzarella cheese in wonton wrappers and shape them like cigars. To bake, brush the wrapper with softened butter and egg wash before popping into the oven. Deep-frying is another popular option.
Serve these cheese wontons in a drinking glass.
cheese sticks. Photo by hII!H
Don't stop at mozzarella. Try making cream cheese wontons. In fact, try all your favourite cheese or combine them with other yummy ingredients ... like this crab rangoon.
Other pastries you can make with wonton wrappers are apple turnovers, curry potato samosas, peanut butter wraps (try wrapping with the samosa style and the envelope style. How about chocolate and nutella hazelnut spread wraps?
They can be real time-savers and quite low in fat too.
4. Wonton chips
Photo by Charles Haynes
Why not make the wonton wrappers the main character instead of playing second fiddle? Bake them flat or deep fry them into chips.
Cut them into long strips and deep fry
Drizzle and mix with some honey or maple syrup
Dust with icing, cinnamon powder or sesame seeds
Serve with ice cream
5. Wonton salad
Bet you did not know that you can use wonton wrappers in salads. Here's a recipe.
20 pieces of egg-less wonton wrapper
1 small cucumber
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
Cut the wonton wrapper into wide strips. Boil it till done and plunge into cold water. Drain
Wash and slice the cucumber and tomato
Grate 1 tbsp of orange peel
Extract the juice from the orange
Mix the orange juice with the rice vinegar, olive oil and sugar to make the salad dressing
Toss the wonton strips, cucumber and tomato slices together with the salad dressing
Sprinkle the grated orange peel on top of the salad
6. Wonton origami
When I started looking for recipes using wonton wrappers, I didn't expect to find something like this...wonton origami cranes!
Photo by Lenore Edman
We've got to admire human creativity. Wonton as origami paper, can you beat that? They certainly make great ornaments for party spreads.
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