Thursday, March 19, 2009

Springy Fried Wontons



I tell you, I love the first signs of spring. We got a really good dose back in the very beginning of March and then it got cold again. Finally, yesterday it was 70 degrees and lovely here after a long cold, wet spell. So what is a girl to do? Drinks on the patio!

Friends of our recently had a new baby (as opposed to the old kind???) and I called them up to see if they were up for venturing the block over to our house for snacks and drinks. I was particularly psyched they agreed to come because he is a really amazing photographer ( check out his blog here, there is some true food porn…if you are in to that sort of thing :) http://blog.punchphoto.com/2009/03/19/the-mommy-gourmet/ ) and I was hoping to pick his brain a bit. While I can find my way around the kitchen, I am totally lost with a camera in my hand. The more blogs I see the more I realize how woefully inadequate my pictures are!
For munchies I did some non-traditional wontons. I didn’t really write things down as I went (hey, the kids were sleeping so I was working against the clock!) but I will tell you what I did. I did two different types of wontons.
Chicken, Blue Cheese and Walnut
For this I took a pound of raw chicken breast, put it in the food processor, and added 2 shots of Pear Absolute and salt and pepper and processed. I then added about 1/3 c. of blue cheese and about the same of roasted walnuts. Then I just put a drop of the mixture into the middle of a wonton wrapper, pinched it together and fried, until golden. (Note: Do not to get the oil too hot otherwise you will have a black outside and raw inside. )
I will do these again, they were good, however next time I would also put some fresh pear in, it needed a bit more sweet for me.



St. Andre’ and Apple Butter

This was even easier, just put a small bit of the cheese in the middle of the wonton and a dab of apple butter pinch it together and then fry.
These were good, almost like dessert. I love cheese any sort of fruit concoction though. If you don’t, just do the cheese alone or the cheese and some fresh herb would also be wonderful.

It was a perfect way to end the day. The weather was wonderful, the children played and I got to enjoy some really wonderful company. God I love spring!

Just a reminder you need to get by to see Donna http://mytastytreasures.blogspot.com/ she has this stuffed flank steak that makes me want to weep.
Go by to Wonderings http://bunnytrailthoughts.blogspot.com/ really, her most recent post might just be a “Ah Ha” moment for you too.
For a good drunk (Drunken Irish Hash) go and see Chef E http://cookappeal.blogspot.com/ . While you are there do NOT miss her March 14th post. I swear I drooled on my computer over that one.
Finally for more pictures of our wonderful evening go by Punch Photo http://blog.punchphoto.com/2009/03/19/the-mommy-gourmet/

6 comments:

scott said...

Those are really swell pics, M.G.!
Thanks for the hangout. We loved it!

zerrin said...

chicken, cheese and walnut combination is totally new to me. But I love their flavors, so I'm sure it has an unforgettable taste.

Mommy Gourmet said...

Well considering I am pretty sure one of the pictures you took just with my camera....uhh thanks?? However, I did take some pretty nice pictures (for me) today of this noodle dish. So thanks!

Donna-FFW said...

How am I missing all these?? Thank you for the link! I love these wontons! They sound delicious with the cheese and walnuts too!! Your photos look wonderful!

Reeni♥ said...

I love wontons. Such fabulous flavor combos!! These look awesome. Your friend does take great pictures.

Chris said...

Spring does invigorate the cook in me! I like to do most of my cooking outside so I love the later evening light. Great looking wontons.