Cream cheese wontons are comfort snacks made of cream cheese wrapped in delicate wonton pastry and browned to crispness. They are a great finger food for parties, paired well with homemade chips and salsa made from scratch or baked chicken wings with buffalo sauce.
Things You'll Need
- Cream cheese block, softened
- Wonton wrappers
- Peanut, corn or vegetable oil
- Deep fryer or pan
- Seasonings (optional)
- Meats and vegetables (optional)
- Small brush (optional)
- Slotted metal spoon
- Paper towels
Preheat oil in a deep fryer or add at least 2 inches of oil to a deep pan and turn the burner to a medium-high heat. Place an oil thermometer in the pan. If you're using an electric fryer, set the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix a softened cream cheese block with desired ingredients. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper, a finely chopped scallion or a few pieces of shredded crab meat.
Separate and lay the wonton wrappers out flat. Drop a dollop, or approximately 1 teaspoon, of the cream cheese mixture into the center of the wonton wrapper. Apply a few drops of water to the edges of the wonton wrapper, using your finger or a small brush.
Fold the edges of the wonton over the filling, forming a triangle. Seal the wonton from the center filling, pressing towards the outer edges to remove air. Fold the corners from the base of the triangle together, pinching tightly to secure.
Add a few wontons to the hot oil once it reaches a temperature of 350 F. Fry the wontons for 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and crispy. Remove the wontons from the hot oil with a metal slotted spoon and drain them on paper towels. Serve hot.
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