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Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Wontons are easy to make and very easy to eat. These little bites are the best parts of a bagel (the cream cheese and fresh scallions) but crispy, hot and best served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. They're like crab rangoon and a everything bagel slathered in cream cheese had a baby and decided what preschool it was going to attend. Deep frying the wontons yields the satisfying crunch of crab rangoon without the crab. Topped with everything bagel seasoning and fresh sliced scallions, these small treats are satisfying bites perfect for either a party or a night in.
I love these crispy wontons because using Twin Dragon Asian Wonton Wrappers make it easy. Plus, they’re vegan and non-GMO. So much better than any pre-made appetizer and you can make them at home. Pair them with my Crispy Lasagna Egg Rolls, Southern Fried Egg Rolls and Sweet Potato Chocolate Beggars Purses for a full-on dim sum snack attack and dip them in sweet Thai chili sauce or Honey Glaze sauce.
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Twin Dragon Wonton Wrappers are definitely a must-have item on every grocery list in this house. When I buy them, I always get extra because I can't resist using them to make chips, ravioli, bite-sized snacks filled with cream cheese. Made with softened cream cheese, fresh sliced scallions and everything bagel seasoning wrapped in wonton wrappers and fried until they’re golden brown and crispy, you can add ground sausage or beef to these, too. This recipe takes a total time of 30 minutes to make. I like to make extra and freeze them, for a faster option next time I’m craving these. Plus I love making these ahead and serving them up when I make Hot Bacon Dip.
You can make this egg roll recipe using homemade or canned tomato sauce, if you want, but I like the flavors of Bloody Mary mix. The tomato juice melds with the beef and mellows out the spices. And there are so many mixes on the market, you can use your favorite homemade or store-bought brand and still feel confident that the flavor will be imparted to the beef. I like to dip these in tomato sauce so it really feels and tastes like I'm eating lasagna with every bite.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WONTONS AND RANGOON?
A fried wonton is an authentic Chinese appetizer wrapped with wonton wrapper and USUALLY filled with meat such as ground pork, chicken and/or shrimp. The latter is a type of wonton with cream cheese and USUALLY crab is the filling.
HOW DO YOU FOLD WONTON WRAPPERS?
There are many different ways to fold wontons, and I tried three different ways before I settled on a technique usually reserved for dumplings and soup wontons. I went the easy route and simply brought opposite corners up to the middle and pinched them shut to create little packages of cream cheese goodness. Work with egg roll wrappers one at a time. Place a dampened paper towel over the wonton wrappers while the frying oil is heating up to prevent them from drying out. Watch this video to see two different folding techniques:
When it’s time to fry the wontons, make sure the oil is hot. Test by dipping a wooden handled spoon in the hot oil. If bubbles form, the oil is ready. If the oil is smoking, the oil is too hot and yourr wontons will brown and burn too quickly making the insides soggy and chewy. These fry up quickly, so be sure to watch them carefully and turn them over as needed to make sure they’re all evenly cooked.
HOW TO STORE CRISPY WONTONS
Crispy wontons are best when served right away. You can store leftover wontons in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 days. Or freeze wontons for another day by wrapping them tightly in aluminum foil inside of a zip-top pastic bag. These wontons will last in the freezer for 3-4 months. Reheat in the oven at 400 degrees F until warmed through before eating, or fry them again for a few minutes. If preparing the wontons fresh from the freezer, make sure to thaw them completely before frying.
Author: Nikki Miller-Ka of Nik Snacks
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Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Wontons
Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Wontons are the best parts of a bagel but crispy, hot and best served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 25 Min
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup finely diced scallions
1 1/2 teaspoons everything bagel seasoning (such as Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend)
18 Twin Dragon Asian wonton wrappers
Heat the oil for frying to 375 degrees F in a large skillet or heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium-high heat.
Make the filling: In a small bowl, combine cream cheese with scallions and everything bagel seasoning. Stir until well-mixed.
Make the wontons: In the center of each wonton wrapper, place 1 1/2 tsp filling, and draw corners up, pinching closed with a dab of water. Repeat with remaining wrappers. Work with wonton wrappers one at a time. Place a dampened paper towel over the wonton wrappers while the frying oil is heating up to prevent them from drying out.
In batches, fry the wontons in the hot oil until golden brown, turning occasionally, about 2-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels or a cooling rack set over a sheet pan lined with paper towels.
Transfer the wontons to a serving platter and serve with sweet Thai chili sauce, if desired.
Please consult a healthcare professional or dietician about nutritional needs for your diet. I am a communications professional, not a physician.
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