Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Steamed Turkey Wontons

A wonton is a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines.
Wontons are made by spreading a wrapper flat and placing a small amount of filling in the center.  The edges are then sealed into the desired shape by compressing the wrapper's edges together. The wrapper is sealed by moistening the wrapper's inner edges, typically by dipping a fingertip into water and running it across the dry dough to dissolve the extra flour. As part of the sealing process, air should be "burped" out of the interior to avoid rupturing the wonton from internal pressure when cooked.
These wontons are super easy to make and are also low in calories and fat.  They can be great as appetizers or they can be combined with fried rice to make a meal!

1/2 lb. lean ground turkey
1 egg
2 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBS plain dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
16 wonton wrappers

1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 TBS soy sauce
1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
1 tsp sesame oil
1 garlic clove, pressed

For the wontons, combine turkey, egg, soy sauce, bread crumbs, garlic, ginger root and cayenne pepper in a bowl.  Using a small scoop, place a scoop of turkey mixture on the wonton wrapper. 
Spray the inside of your steamer with a nonstick cooking spray/  Place the wonton wrappers on a butting board.  Using a small scoop, place the filling in the center of each wrapper.  Lightly brush the outer edges with water.  Bring the corners up toward the center and seal.  Place in the steamer.
For the sauce, combine all the ingredients and mix well.  When wontons are done serve immediately with dipping sauce.

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