It’s been a busy couple of weeks at our house. Between work and various family events we’ve been constantly on the go! But it’s hard to complain because we absolutely love spending quality time with our families (plus, there’s usually some seriously amazing food involved). This weekend we celebrated Cotey’s mom’s birthday. We made up a ton of homemade Chinese food, which is something we’ve never really done on a big scale. It was a lot of work, but so worth it!
I’ll admit Cotey did most of the work though. He really is the best. Although I’m happy to report I did contribute to the menu this time around..I’m actually pretty proud of myself! I made these scrumptious cream cheese wontons which were a huge hit. There weren’t even any leftovers. I first got the idea from our local Chinese buffet, which serves these little crispy cream cheese wontons (I could literally eat a whole plate of them). Cream cheese wontons are actually pretty standard at Chinese restaurants, although this recipe is a little bit of an upgrade from those. I love how the chili paste gives these some nice heat. These wontons are also so easy to make, there’s only five ingredients! Note: this recipe makes enough wontons for a party of about 12-15 people. You may need to scale down to fit your needs.
Cream Cheese Wontons
- Two packages cream cheese, softened
- One package wonton wrappers
- Two tablespoons Sambal Oelek chili paste
- Two stalks green onion, sliced
- Oil for frying
Start by placing cream cheese, chili paste and green onions in a large bowl. Using gloves, hand mix the ingredients until well combined. It should look like this.
Next, assemble a small prep area. You’ll need wonton wrappers and a small bowl of water. Take a pinch of the cream cheese mix (about a teaspoon) and place in the center of the wonton wrapper. Make sure not to overstuff the wontons.
To seal the wontons, dip your pointer finger in some water and line the four corners of the wrapper. Fold up into a triangle shape and press down firmly. Be sure to get any air pockets out by going over the wonton with your fingers.
Now comes the best part. Add enough oil for frying to a large pot. You’ll end up covering a couple of inches of the bottom of the pot. Heat to about 350 degrees. Drop the wontons a few pieces at a time and fry until golden brown. They tend to float so be sure to rotate the wontons so both sides get fried evenly. Remove from oil and place on a napkin lined plate to remove the excess oil. Once they’re all fried it’s time to serve! I like to dip mine in Mae Ploy, which is a sweet chili sauce. You can find it at any grocery store in the Asian section. Yum!