To help warm us up in this arctic tundra we find ourselves in tonight, we have been enjoying some delicious Wonton soup! (via: Joy of Cooking). A fairly simple recipe, it was however a little time consuming.
There were options to make this both meat lovers and veggie lover friendly, but I went the meat lovers route. I also opted out of the water chestnuts (cause they’re quite frankly gross).
The first call to action was to cut up the chicken and finely chop in the food processer. Then, you need to make a marinade-type mixture that consists of cornstarch, soy sauce, dry sherry, sesame oil, sugar, salt and black pepper. (you can also add chili oil for a little heat). Add scallions, fresh ginger (I used powdered ginger – tastes the same!) and water chestnuts (if you’re into that kind of thing) to get this unfortunately weird looking filling you see below:
Once you have your filling, it’s time for the fun part! You get to become a little wonton artist. You need to first have your eggwash (which is just an egg and water). You will need this to help seal up the wontons.
Once you have this in place, you will need to brush all the edges of the wonton with the egg wash and put about a teaspoon of the filling in the middle. Then, fold the one edge towards you, and push out all of the air and seal the edges.
Once you seal all of the edges, you will take the two corner edges and fold them into the center and create a little envelope looking wonton. They look cute and are super easy to make!
While you are making the wontons, you will need to have a pot of chicken broth (or vegetable broth) starting to simmer as well as a pot of water starting to boil to cook your wontons. Cook your wontons in batches, as they all won’t fit in one pot. They should take about 3-5 minutes to cook. Make sure to cut into one and check the center to make sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through.
Ladle the broth over the wontons and top with scallion or grated carrots and enjoy!
I actually enjoyed making the wontons – they were overall pretty fun and easy to make. However, they were slightly time consuming, so I would suggest either starting early or getting help (I had a little sous chef). I would also recommend serving with a side dish such as a salad, bread or noodles – whatever you think goes best. It was delicious and had a nice taste and definitely warmed me up on this cold night!
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