How To Use Extra Wonton Wrappers

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, March 2, 2010

If you tried the Asian Wonton Salad from a few weeks ago, you likely had leftover wonton wrappers, and if you’re anything like me, you didn’t have a clue what to do with them.  Well, if you enjoyed the salad as much as we did, there’s a good chance you might make it again and this time you’ll have a few ideas of how to use the rest of those wonton wrappers.

The first, Baked Chicken Wontons, would make a great appetizer, or with a couple sides, a fun main dish too.  I baked ours to make them a little healthier, but if you want to fry them, go for it.  Serve with a sweet chili dipping sauce and try to pretend for a moment that you’re eating at P.F. Chang’s.

Or maybe that’s just The Phoenix.  Poor guy misses his Chang’s.

These were a hit with everyone, including our toddler, but The Phoenix couldn’t figure out why I didn’t fry them.  Maybe next time, honey.

Baked Chicken Wontons

Details
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes.
  • Ready in 40 Minutes.
Ingredients
  • wonton wrappers
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • water, for sealing
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine chicken, cream cheese and onions in a small bowl. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  • Place small amount of shredded chicken mixture lengthwise along each wonton wrapper; roll up and seal by dampening edge of wrapper with a finger dipped in water. When you run out of chicken mixture, place rolled wontons on a lightly greased rimmed cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until wrapper is crisp.
  • NOTE: These can also be frozen in a single layer, then placed in a storage bag and baked or fried as needed.

The next two options are sweets, and would be really easy to prepare along with the salad since you’re already frying up the wonton strips.  These, Dessert Wontons, are so versatile.  I filled mine with Nutella, because it’s what I had on hand and frankly, it’s awesome.  You could fill them with whatever you fancy though, cream cheese, jam, peanut butter, chocolate chips, bananas, strawberries…so many, many combination possibilities.

Dessert Wontons

recipe from Our Best Bites
Details
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes.
  • Ready in 13 Minutes.
  • Makes: 5 Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 wonton wrappers
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 5 teaspoons Nutella
  • water, for sealing
  • canola oil, for frying
Directions
  • Heat 3/4 inch of oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  • Lay out 5 of the wonton wrappers and place a teaspoon of Nutella in the center of each one.
  • Wet your finger in a little bowl of water and, using your finger, wet the outside edge completely around the wonton. Lay the extra wontons on top of the ones with Nutella on them and press around the edges to seal. Try to make sure you do not have an air pocket in the center.
  • Test oil with a corner of a wonton. If it bubbles, the oil is hot enough. Fry the filled wontons, one at a time, in the oil. Cook a few seconds on each side, then remove to the cinnamon-sugar mixture and gently toss to coat. Place dessert wontons on your serving plate.
  • Repeat with remaining filled wontons.
  • Serve immediately.

And if you thought the Dessert Wontons were a breeze, well, these Simple Sopapillas can’t get much easier.  Serve ‘em up plain or drizzled with honey and a dollop of whipped cream.  Yum.

Simple Sopapillas

Details
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes.
  • Ready in 6 Minutes.
  • Makes: 5 Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 wonton wrappers
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • canola oil, for frying
  • honey, optional
  • whipped cream, optional
Directions
  • In a cast-iron skillet, heat 3/4 inch of oil over medium heat.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  • Test a corner of a wonton wrapper in the oil. If it bubbles, the oil is hot enough and go ahead and very carefully add one wonton wrapper to the skillet. (Depending on how big your skillet is, you may be able to fry two at a time.) Let fry for a couple seconds, then carefully flip over. Cook another couple seconds then, using a slotted spoon, transfer fried wonton to the cinnamon-sugar mixture and coat on both sides. Then place on your serving plate.
  • Repeat process with the remaining wonton wrappers.
  • Serve as is, or with a drizzle of honey.

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