Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This is a healthy version of dessert wonton. Its very long name belies the fact that it is so simple to make.
My inspiration for this comes from a typical dessert at Chinese buffets where wonton strips are fried crisp then drizzled with thick syrup.
I came up with this combination since apples and onion pair well, cream cheese and peppers are a perfect foil for this and besides how can you go wrong with anything fried? The wonton is fried till just crispy but inside there is a slice of crunchy apple with two types of onions, Korean red pepper paste and a Cayenne Maple Syrup Cream Cheese filling. On its own the Cayenne Maple Syrup Cream Cheese can be a great dip for fresh fruits.
The wonton is symphony of flavors and textures--spicy, sweet, tangy, crunchy and creamy! Because it is fried in hot oil for a very short time, it is not oily. Plus, it's fun to assemble with your kids and takes under 3 minutes to cook. I am submitting this to Royal Food Joust for October 2009. The voting will be from October 1-5 only. The three ingredients for this event are apples, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
4 oz cream cheese
4 Tsp maple syrup
2 tsp Korean red pepper paste
1 white onion, sliced
1 stalk scallions (green onions), sliced crosswise
1 pack wonton wrappers
1 egg white+1 tsp water
Mix cayenne pepper, maple syrup and cream cheese till smooth. Thaw wonton and separate them into sheets. Place an apple diagonally slightly off center on a wonton sheet. Spread a little Korean red pepper paste on the apple. Lay down the onions and cayenne-maple syrup-cream cheese filling as shown in photo. Make sure you leave a clean border along the margins. Seal edges with egg white+water. REMEMBER: Make sure your oil is hot before frying the apple wontons so that they will not absorb too much oil. Fry till light golden brown and crispy. Serve. Yummy!