Game Day Favorite – Wontons

I like football might be an understatement. I LOVE football season and being a die-hard Broncos fan its imperative that we celebrate each week appropriately. That means with great friends, ones who will find it equally important to scream at the referees and root for their teams, and even better food with the occasional beverage. This brings me to my wontons. An immediate crowd pleaser, regardless of the team we’re rooting for, and easy! My recipe can be prepared in half or in whole ahead of time and here’s how—

Cream cheese wontons:

  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 small onion, your favorite type (red or videlia are my favs), diced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • wonton wrappers
  • 1/2 cup water in a small dish
  • 1/3 cup frying oil or shortening
  • salt for dusting after cooked

In a small saute pan melt the butter and add onion. Cook onion to a golden brown stage and add Worcestershire sauce, turn off heat. In a separate bowl combine the cream cheese and mozzarella with a fork and then add the onion mixture, combine together.

Preheat your oil or shortening to 350 degrees in a small saute pan.

Take your wonton wrappers in one hand, add 1 tbsp filling to the center. Position the wonton in your hand to make a diamond shape and with either your finger or a brush, moisten edges  with the water and fold the wonton to seal filling. Prepare entirety until filling is used, makes about 16.

 Once your oil has come to temperature, slowly and carefully add three or four wontons. ALWAYS add product to oil  with an “away”motion to avoid oil splatters on yourself. You’ll cook the wontons until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove wontons using a spatula, transfer to a paper-toweled platter and sprinkle with salt. Cook remaining.

For cooking ahead methods, you may either make the filling and refrigerate until ready to use, filling shouldn’t spoil for a week if refrigerated after prep – OR – make wontons and put them into a plastic bowl with a moist towelette or moistened paper towel (should last up to three days). Once ready to cook, bring oil to temperature and prepare as normal, wonton may take a few additional minutes since cheese filling is coming from colder temp.

Make it your own: I’ve made these so many different ways, possibilities are endless. Add fresh green onions and omit the sauteed onions, viola! Or add crab meat and serve with sweet chili sauce, mmmmm! Or add chopped green chilis and omit the onions all together, OMG, delicious! Or add chopped spinach and garlic— again, omit onions— great way to get those needed greens into your diet and my kids favorite!

Now that that’s done, lets have a drink! Cheers to the Broncos winning No. 1 seed!! AFC West, baby! haha I also won my Fantasy League, No. 1 feels so good 🙂

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