Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sausage and Cream Cheese Wontons

Okay, I will admit that sausage and cream cheese wontons are NOT health food, but every once in a while you have to be bad.  These puppies are worth the guilt.  I created them for my friend Brian's birthday.  They were gobbled up!

Servings: 25-30 pieces
Time: Prep: 25 minutes Cooking: 15-20 minutes
Hardware: A cutting board and knife, a frying pan, a deep skillet, a small bowl, a large metal slotted spoon, a plate, paper towels, a spoon, a work surface, an oil thermometer

  • 1 1b bulk sausage
  • 1 small onion (¼ cup)
  • 1 small green pepper (¼ cup)
  • 1-8oz package cream cheese
  • water
  • 25-30 wonton wrappers
  • 1-2 cups of oil for frying
  1. Place a paper towel on the plate. Set aside.
  2. Wash and chop the onion and pepper.
  3. Cook and crumble the sausage, pepper, and onion in the frying pan over medium heat until the sausage is cooked through (about 7 minutes).
  4. Add the cream cheese to the sausage and stir until the cheese is completely melted.
  5. Allow the sausage mixture to cool slightly.
  6. Fill the bowl with water.
  7. Put enough oil in the skillet to fill it about half way up. Pre-heat the oil until it is 350°. You will want to monitor the oil temperature and keep it between 320° and 350°.
  8. While the oil is heating, place a wonton wrapper with one corner closest to you as if you were looking at a diamond.
  9. Place 2 teaspoons of the sausage mixture in the center of the wrapper.
  10. Fold the wrapper over, now you have a triangle filled with sausage.
  11. Use water to moisten the edges and seal the wrapper. Make sure it is sealed.
  12. Fold two corners over as if the wonton were hugging itself. Moisten to hold the wonton hug in place. Be careful not to tear the wrapper.
  13. Place the wontons in a single layer in the hot oil.
  14. Allow the wonton to cook for about 2 minutes and then turn.
  15. The wontons are done as soon as they become golden brown.

  16. As they finish, place them on the plate to drain. You can place the plate in the oven on the lowest setting to keep them warm.
  17. Serve right away.

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