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Veggie Wonton Soup

Posted by Caveman Cooking on December 9, 2010

Veggie Wonton Soup
While doing our recent REVIEW: Man Pans Stir Fry Wok & Steamer Set, I made some of this fabulous, veggie-friendly soup. I also promised to share the recipe. Since I never lie (well, almost never ;)) here it is! Oh, and by the way, this gets rave reviews from the Cavewoman, a lifelong vegetarian, as well as from the Cavekids and me, lifelong carnetarians! Though, as you’ll see, this is easily adjusted to satisfy the meat-only crowd.

INGREDIENTS

6 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 1/2 Cups Sliced Mushrooms (Baby Bella or Shitake)
10 Ounces Firm Tofu
8 Ounces Water Chestnuts
5 Green Onions
12 Wonton Wrappers
1/4 Teaspoon Sesame Oil or Chili Sesame Oil
1-2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
Salt & Pepper to taste

RECIPE

Chop the green onions, water chestnuts, and tofu into small bite sized pieces. Then, take about 1/5 of each ingredient and chop that portion more finely for use inside the wontons. Set aside.
Chopped Ingredients

Thinly slice mushrooms. Set aside.
Sliced Mushrooms

Set up a work station with the wrappers; a glass of cool water; a clean, dry plate to make the wontons; a plate covered lightly in corn starch; and the finely chopped ingredients.
Wonton Making Station

To make the wontons, put a single wrapper in the center of the clean plate. Place an appropriate amount of each ingredient onto the wrapper (don’t overstuff the wrapper or it will tear when you take the next steps). With a slightly wet finger, moisten all for edges of the wrapper. Fold one corner of the wrapper up to it’s opposite corner, and firmly seal all edges together. Place the completed wontons on the corn starch plate, taking care not to lay them on top of each other to prevent them from sticking together.
NOTE #1: If you have any leftover wonton “filling”, just save it and throw it into the soup at the appropriate time.
Making Wontons

Place broth into properly sized sauce pan or wok and bring to a boil. While many recipes call for you to boil your wontons, I find that doing so tends to create very soft wontons that readily fall apart. To combat this, I like to steam them before adding them to the soup. It should only take 5-8 minutes to fully steam the wontons.
NOTE #2: By using this Man Pans Stir Fry Wok and Steamer Set, I am able to steam the wontons with the boiling veggie stock. Not only is this convenient and eco-friendly, I think it also adds to the flavor of the wontons.
Boiling Broth/Steaming Wontons

When wontons are fully steamed, remove the steamer insert and add the tofu, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. Return to boil for another 3-5 minutes.
Adding Ingredients

Reduce flame, add green onions and sesame oil. Gently add wontons. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir gingerly. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
NOTE #3: If you are adverse to any kind of spiciness, just go with the plain variety of sesame oil. But, if you like just a hint of tang, go for the “chili” version. It won’t make it very spicy at all, but it will add a nice essence.
Cooking Wonton Soup

Serve in bowls along with any of your other Asian favorites. It also makes a fine main course, too.
HINT: This soup is easily transformed into a carnivore version by using the filling from our Lamb Wontons instead. Just be sure not to fry them, as described in the recipe. Also, you may have to steam them for a few more minutes to make sure they are cooked enough. Add some shrimp or chicken chunks to the initial broth boil and you’ll have a delicious meat-lovers rendition of this soup.
Veggie Wonton Soup

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Prep Time = 40 minutes
Cook Time = 20 minutes
Serves 6

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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Teriockeye Salmon Wontons

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 28, 2010

Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 6
Being that this is now the third wonton recipe I am sharing here, it is readily apparent that the Caveclan loves their deep-fried Asian appetizers. That said, these just may be the best of the bunch! All I know is that I’ve made them several times now and they have all disappeared quicker than one of Lindsey Lohan’s lawyers. 😉

INGREDIENTS

1/3 Pound Fresh Sockeye Salmon Filet
3 Tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
4 Ounces Cream Cheese (NOT whipped)
4 Water Chestnuts
1 Green Onion
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
24 Wonton Wrappers

RECIPE

Skin Salmon, then cut into 1″ rectangles. Place into bowl and cover with Teriyaki sauce. Be sure to get all the pieces of fish evenly and completely soaked in the sauce. Set aside.
HINT #1: While any type of Salmon would work for this recipe, I highly recommend Sockeye Salmon. Aside from the fact that it is part of the name of this dish, it is also the most flavorful type of the anadromous Salmonidae.
Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 1

While the fish is soaking, mince onions and water chestnuts, cut cream cheese into 1/4″ cubes (about 1/3 of a teaspoon), and set up your wonton making station. You’ll need the above ingredients plus a small bowl with cool water, a clean plate, a cooking towel, and a cookie sheet completely dusted with the corn starch.
Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 2

Place a wonton wrapper on the plate, add a cube of cream cheese, a piece of Salmon, and a pinch each of green onion and water chestnut.
Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 3

NOTE: Previously, I showed you how to make a “Bishop’s Hat” wonton. This time, I’ll demonstrate the “Pirate’s Hat”.
Wet your finger and moisten three edges of the wonton wrapper. Take the dry edge and fold it over to the opposite edge. With your finger tips, firmly seal all the edges, while pressing gently to remove any gaps between the filling and the wrapper itself.
HINT #2: Any air or gaps may cause a bubble to form on the wrapper surface when the wonton is cooked. These tend to pop and let the cream cheese come running out.
Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 4

Next, fold the front edge back slightly and firmly pinch the ends together, creating an air-tight seal. When done, place wonton onto cookie sheet and wipe any moisture off your prep plate before making your next wonton.
Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 5

When all wontons are made, cover the cookie sheet with plastic wrap and place into freezer for an hour before cooking them. This helps the wontons to hold their shape, as well as prevent tears in the wrapper while they are being cooked.
In a saute pan or wok, heat vegetable oil to 350°. Gently place 4 or 5 wontons into the oil and cook for about 1 minute or so (depending on oil temp). Don’t overcrowd the pan or they won’t cook evenly.
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Pictured here with spicy Plum Sauce.
HINT #3: If you make too many (as if that was possible), once they are frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and place into a freezer-friendly, air-tight container. When you’re ready to eat them, just plop them straight into the oil from the freezer. They will last up to three months.
Teriockeye Salmon Wontons 6

Prep Time = 30 minutes
Cook Time = 1 Minute
Makes 24 Wontons

©2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at https://cavemancooking.wordpress.com authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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King Crab Wontons

Posted by Caveman Cooking on December 15, 2009


A neo-Caveman’s twist on an ancient Chinese delight.

INGREDIENTS

2 Medium/Large King Crab Legs – Cooked
24 Wonton Wrappers
24 tsp. Cream Cheese
3 Water Chestnuts
1 Green Onion
2 Tbsp. Corn Starch
1 1/2 Cups Vegetable Oil

RECIPE

Mince water chestnuts and finely chop green onion. Set aside.
Use kitchen shears or nut cracker to open crab legs and remove all meat. Break into small bite-sized pieces.

Split corn starch evenly and spread onto two plates.

Set up a work station with crab meat, cream cheese, green onion, water chestnuts, wonton wrappers, a small bowl of water, and corn starch plates all within easy reach.

Position a single wonton wrapper on a clean, dry plate. Place 1 teaspoon of cream cheese, an equal amount of crab meat, and a pinch each of green onion and water chestnut in the center of the wrapper.

Wet your finger with water and moisten two adjacent edges of the wonton wrapper. Then, diagonally fold the dry edges over onto the wet edges and firmly seal together with your finger. Finally, moisten two opposite corners, fold and seal together. BINGO! You have just made a “Bishop’s Hat” wonton!!

Place completed wonton onto corn starch plate.
HINT: Try experimenting with different shapes of wonton. For example, you can position the wrapper as a rectangle, moisten the edges along the top half, then fold and seal lengthwise. Pinch the ends and make a “George Washington’s Hat” (pictured below with Bishop’s Hats). Just be sure all edges are well sealed or the cream cheese will leak out during cooking.

When all wontons have been made, cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 15 minutes. This helps them retain their shape when placed in hot oil.
HINT #2: If 24 wontons are too many for your immediate needs, before cooking, just place the extras in a container and freeze until ready for use at a later date.
Heat oil in a wok, stir fry pan or large sauce pan. Place 5-6 wontons in oil and cook until edges start to turn golden brown.

Then gently flip them over with a slotted spoon and continue to cook until entire wonton starts to turn golden brown. Gently remove wontons from oil with slotted spoon and place on plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Continue process until all wontons are cooked.

Serve with Chinese Plum Sauce for dipping. I like to spice mine up a bit with several shakes of the Chili Oil bottle.

Prep Time = 30 minutes
Cook Time = 15-20 minutes
Makes 24 Wontons

©2009 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at https://cavemancooking.wordpress.com authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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