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Wontons = Porky Goodness

wonton pork

 Now that the heat wave is starting to ease up, I’m o.k. with turning the stove back on.  These quick wontons are a favorite of my teenage boys — they are salty and savory and you can eat 10 of them before you know what’s happened.

I like to use ground pork, but you could really use any filling you want.  It works with beef or ground chicken or turkey.  Use your imagination, it’s hard to go wrong.

For our pork wontons:

Use a very small amount of pork, maybe 1/4 of a pound for 20 wontons.  Add a few drops (not too much!!) of sesame oil, and finely chopped yellow onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Use small wonton wrappers available in the produce section of the grocery store. The packages I buy have about 20 wrappers, that are approximately 3″ square.

Get a small bowl of water, your pork mixture and your wonton wrappers to assemble by the stove.  Heat up a frying pan to medium heat with a tablespoon of olive oil, and a tablespoon of butter (yes, real butter).   Lay out 10 wonton wrappers on a cutting board or the counter.  Add a small amount (a teaspoon or less) of the pork mixture onto each wonton wrapper.  Dip your fingers in the water and put water on the entire edge of each wonton wrapper (do this one wonton at a time, not all at once).  Put the opposite corners up, from each side, and press together. It will look like a cross on top.  As you finish, put it in the frying pan.  Do this to all 10 and put in the frying pan.   When you finish, turn them all over in the frying pan.  Do the whole assembly one more time so you end up with 20 wontons.

Make a simple sauce with soy sauce, and chopped green onions.  If you really like sesame oil (I find it overwhelming), add a few drops to the sauce.  Serve the sauce in a small bowl with the wontons.

It sounds like it takes a long time, but from start to finish it’s about 30 minutes.  Enjoy!  Mmmm, porky goodness!

Easy Pork Roast, Wine and Kahlua

Friday nights are a time to unwind from the week. At my house we’re lucky to have Monday to Friday jobs so we have ‘real’ weekends. Last night I knew we would eat later in the evening so we could enjoy some appetizers and wine on the deck. Apps were very easy, a variety of cheese and some salami on a platter (with a good cover to keep the mosquitoes away!) and a nice French bread.

When I got home I turned the oven up to its highest temperature, put a small pork rib roast — maybe three pounds — in a heavy cast iron. About 2 tablespoons of olive added added the necessary fat, I covered the roast with salt, pepper, dried garlic and an Italian spice mix from the pantry. Uncovered I put the pot in the oven for about twenty minutes. With the timer on the oven on, I walked away. 20 minutes later, I turned the roast over, added two yellow onions (skinned and quartered) and a cup of water. I turned the heat down to 280 degrees and put the cover on, set the timer for two hours and walked away.

We had our appetizers, our wine, great conversation on the deck, until the timer went off around 7 p.m. I cut up two nice fresh tomatoes, sliced two pieces of bocconcini cheese, placed these on a plate, added a splash of olive oil, salt, pepper and a drizzle of truffle oil. I served up the two dishes, followed up by some red velvet ice cream and a Kahlua and everyone was satisfied! What a nice Friday evening! I love these warm summer days!!