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!