Unique uses for wonton wrappers

Wonton wrappers are often used in Asian cooking, but that doesn't mean they have to be used solely for Asian dishes. Wonton wrappers are such a versatile ingredient that you can use them in just about any type of cuisine. Whether you're looking to prepare a Mexican dish or to recreate an American favorite, wonton wrappers make the perfect ingredient. All you need is a bit of creativity. If you're stumped, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Wonton Tacos

Tacos are a favorite among many, but they are often served as the main course. If you use wonton wrappers though, this entree can be made into an appetizer. You will need to hold and shape the wrappers as they fry by using pair of tongs. Once the wrappers come out of the oil, drain on paper towels and season with a bit of salt. Once the wrappers are fried, you can stuff the wontons with any taco filling and toppings you prefer. You might even want to do a fusion style dish and make Asian style tacos.

Cheeseburger Towers

This dish is a bit easier to prepare because you don't need to worry about shaping the wrappers. All you need to do is fry the wontons and drain on a paper towel. To prepare the towers, start with a wrapper and then top with a mini hamburger patty, a teaspoon of cheese sauce and a bit of shredded lettuce. Repeat the layers once more and top with a final wonton wrapper. These make a great appetizer or you could serve 3 or 4 per guest along with fries or homemade potato chips for a meal.

Sweet Stuffed Wontons

Anyone whose been to a Chinese restaurant is probably familiar with crab rangoon. You may have even recreated this appetizer at home. Wontons don't have to be stuffed with a savory filling though. You can use anything from chocolate hazelnut spread to miniature candy bars. All you need to do is place a small amount of filling in the center of the wonton, wet two of the edges and fold into a triangle while crimping the edges. Deep fry the wontons until golden brown and drain on a paper towel. If you like, you could dust the wontons with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar before serving. You might even want to serve these little bundles with a dipping sauce made of pureed strawberries or chocolate sauce.

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