When my family goes out to dinner one of our favorite things to do is order an appetizer. Appetizers are not usually the best things for you and that is why we share them as a group. Appetizers are usually fatty, fried, and full of flavor, but let’s be honest that is what makes them so good. One of my family’s favorite appetizers is cream cheese wontons or crab Rangoon. If you are not familiar with this appetizer it is cream cheese, spices and if you get the crab kind, crab, sealed in a wonton wrapper, fried and served with a sweet dipping sauce. They are really good and guess what? They are really easy to make at home. Instead of waiting to make these for a special occasion, take a few minutes and have some appetizers with your dinner tonight.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need a medium bowl, a rubber spatula, a small cup, measuring cups and spoons, a knife and cutting board, a baking sheet and the oven.
If you are not allowed to use a knife, or the stove by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Wontons (24-28 Wontons)
1 pkg Wonton Wrappers, Square (Round will work if they do not have square)
8 oz. Light Cream Cheese
2 oz. Smoked Salmon
1 Tbl. Cilantro, Minced
1 tsp Soy Sauce, Low Sodium (If you do not have low sodium, regular is ok)
1/8 tsp Onion Powder (1/8 is ½ of a ¼ tsp measure)
1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
Pinch Black Pepper
1 bu. Green Onions, Thin Sliced
As Needed Pan Spray
3. Pre-heat your oven to 425F.
4. Scoop the cream cheese into your bowl and microwave for 20 seconds.
5. Using your fingers break the salmon into little pieces (shreds) into your bowl. Add the minced cilantro, soy sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper to the bowl with the cream cheese.
6. Using your rubber spatula smash and mix all of the ingredients together. The cream cheese will begin to become smooth as you mix the ingredients together. When all of the ingredients are blended set the bowl aside. Take two small spoons out to use later with your filling.
7. To make the wontons, open the package of wonton and place them on a plate. Take a paper towel or hand towel and get it wet. Ring out the paper so that it is still damp and place it over the wontons. If the wontons are not kept covered they will dry out and crack.
8. Spray your baking sheet with pan spray. Fill your small cup with some cool water.
9. Set up your dumpling station. Clean and dry your counter top. Starting from left to right, place your wontons, then your filling, then the water, and then your baking pan.
10. Place a wonton wrapper on the counter. Using one of your small spoons scoop up about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese mixture. Using the other small spoon scrape the mix into the middle of the wonton wrapper.
11. Dab your middle finger into the cool water and paint water around the edges of the wonton. Fold the wonton in half but do not smash the filling. Pinch the sides of the wonton closed. The wonton should look like a triangle. The folded bottom should be facing you. Take the two points of the folded triangle and spread a little water on them. Bring the two points together on each other (like they are giving a hug) and pinch the points so that they stick together. Place the wontons onto your baking sheet with the pinched points up. If you like your wontons in a triangle shape you do not need to pinch the ends. They will cook the same way in either shape
12. Repeat the process until your pan is full. Spray the wontons lightly with pan spray and bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Mine took about 15 minutes.
Top your smoked salmon cream cheese wontons with sliced green onions, and serve. Some people like their wontons with sweet and sour sauce, plum sauce or hot mustard. You can find all of these sauces in the Asian aisle at the grocery store, or you can make your own favorite recipe.
If you do not like salmon or cilantro, simply leave them out and make cream cheese wontons.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring out the ingredients
Mixing and smashing the cream cheese
Building the wontons
Older helpers can help by:
Making the recipe and cooking by themselves with a little supervision