For a fun and festive party plate, make these cranberry wontons!
Let me describe what happens to me every single year (and I’m sure I’m not the only one). I have some sort of delicious sauce I’ve made for the holiday meal, normally cranberry, and after the deliciousness is over, I’m left with some small amount of it.
It’s barely enough to serve again, but that’s not to say it can’t be repurposed!
These little fried appetizers are the perfect way to use a small, leftover amount of sauce. In fact, they're so good that it’s probably worth making some extra (or opening another jar or can) just for this recipe!
I like to make a homemade cranberry sauce packed with orange zest and spices, but this recipe would be equally good with canned versions.
Whatever you're using for filling, the key is to not overstuff the wontons – about a teaspoon of sauce and cream cheese is all you need. You can also sprinkle each with some diced jalapenos to add a little kick to the party.
Wet the edges of the wonton and crimp them up to form a little bundle of wonton wonderfulness.
Anytime I make a batch of fried goodies, I always test one just to make sure I have my filling right. Plus, it’s a nice little perk for the cook!
This test came out just fine.
Then proceed with shaping all your wontons! It goes pretty fast once you get into a groove.
Fry these suckers up at 350ºF for 3-4 minutes until they're golden brown.
Then let them drain on a paper towel for a few minutes before serving them up.
Obviously they're best while they are still warm though, so get them while they're hot!
These are SO good and a perfect use for any bit of leftover sauce or jam you might have.
Nick thinks fried wontons are a fantastic holiday appetizer! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.