Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Vegetarian Pot Stickers & Baked Wontons
Ok, one final post before I head to bed. Chris has a potluck lunch thing going on at work last week and he mentioned he was down on the list as bringing frozen grocery store quiche. What??!!! OMG!!??? You know it didn't take me long to offer to make him something much more presentable to bring in. As I have the obstacle of few baking pans to deal with (yet I have bought cookie sheets since arriving here), I decided to make items involving wonton skins. Little did I realize how difficult they would be to buy in small town England. They don't sell more exotic Asian items in the grocery store here (who knew wonton skins were exotic!!??) so we would have to find a specialty store. I knew of one shop nearby, so one day when Chris happened to finish early, he offered to drive by there on the way home from work. They were closed....great. I scoured the internet when he got home and found another little shop in a town about 10 miles away. We quickly jumped in the car and raced over to the Happy Gourmet shop in Chelmsford. I found exactly what I needed and more. I didn't mention it earlier, but I decided to make several types of wontons. Firstly, I was making Vegetarian Pot Stickers especially for Chris's vegetarian colleague along with two other types of meat filled baked wontons.
Next I made Chicken and Lemongrass wontons. As you can see the original recipe was for steamed dumplings, but as my bamboo steamer is still in transit, I decided to bake them. A super simple recipe again and when they were all assembled and ready to bake, I just gave them a light spritz with non-fat cooking spray.
Here's the filling for the chicken lemon grass ones. Very easy as you can see.
Red-Cooked Pork Chops, but it's not really anything like the red-cooked recipes I've prepared in the past. That aside, it was delicious! We had actually prepared porks chops according to this recipe the week before and loved it so much that I decided it would be the perfect filling for the wontons as well. I cubed the pork and marinated it briefly in the sauce ingredients and then just sauteed the whole lot together in a medium pan. Once I assembled all the wontons, I believe I baked them for about 12 minutes until brown.
Chris brought them all into work and he said everyone raved about them and gobbled them up. *smile* I gave myself a pat on the back for that. I just love when my cooking goes over well!