The wonton wrapper is so versatile it can be made into all kinds of food with the wonton wrapper recipes and ideas here.
These clever wonton wrapper recipes and ideas are a godsend because there are always some wrappers left over when I make wontons. I just can't seem to get the portions right.
They are also lower in calories compared to other types of pastry because there is no butter involved, just wheat flour, water and the optional egg.
Here are some creative ideas to get you started.
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.
Wonton wrappers can be baked in muffin tins to make edible containers:
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. Another method is to use a rolling pin to make the wrapper thinner.
I mentioned at homemade wonton wrappers 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.
You don't necessary have to use muffin cups to shape wontons. 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.
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.
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.
Why not make the wonton wrappers the main character instead of playing second fiddle? Bake them flat or deep fry them into chips.
Bet you did not know that you can use wonton wrappers in salads. Here's a recipe.
When I started looking for recipes using wonton wrappers, I didn't expect to find something like this...wonton origami cranes!
We've got to admire human creativity. Wonton as origami paper, can you beat that? They certainly make great ornaments for party spreads.
I hope you will try all these recipes using wonton wrappers. If you come across more wonton wrapper recipes, do let me know and I'll add them to this list.