Sunday, May 20, 2012
I love pretty much all types of dumplings. Whether they're wontons, gyozas, empanadas, samosas or perogies, I love biting into carblicious dough to uncover the yummy fillings hiding inside them. Not only are they fun to eat, they're also fun to make. The kids loved helping me make these wontons for our wonton soup. It was surprisingly easy to put them together; even 3-year old Bennett managed to make a few. I had to keep a close eye on him though, because he has a habit of sticking his fingers in his mouth, which is not a good idea when handling raw meat. Also, he decided he should dress up as Spiderman while making wontons and I had to make sure he didn't get his precious outfit messy. He likes to dress up as Spiderman in all sorts of situations, like going to the grocery store, to preschool, and playing in the backyard, so this is not an unusual scene in our house.
Here's Spidey joining us to make wontons.
Spidey takes off his mask, and it's...
Bennett?! He likes it when we act all surprised that he's the one under the mask. Cole seems more interested in the wontons though.
Cole was concentrating very hard, and he got the hang of it pretty quickly.
Next, Bennett (aka Spidey) had a turn.
Look at those muscles! He's been working out.
By the end we had filled up two plates with wontons. There were way too many of them for us to eat in one night, so I only used half of them for the soup and the rest I boiled and froze for later. I had extra meat too, so I fried it and added it to the soup. The kids enjoyed them, but they were a bit to big for them to eat whole so I cut them into smaller pieces. They tend to like meals more when they've helped make them. It took a lot longer than if I had just done it myself, but I think it's worth it if gets them to eat their dinner. I also think it's important for them to get involved with preparing meals at an early age. I'm hoping they'll gain an appreciation for cooking food and will continue to do so for their own families one day. That's my hope anyway. Whether or not it will actually happen remains to be seen, but for now I'm just enjoying quality time with my boys. They're pretty special little guys. Heck, one of them is Spiderman!
1 lb ground pork
1/4 lb peeled shrimp, finely chopped
1 small egg
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp diced green onion
45 wonton wrappers
6 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup chopped green onion
In a large bowl, mix together pork, shrimp, egg, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger and green onion until thoroughly combined.
Place 1 tsp of meat mixture in the middle of a wonton wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water, then gather the ends together and squeeze them lightly to seal in the meat. Repeat until all wrappers are used. (If you have any meat mixture left over, you can fry it up and add it to the soup.)
For soup, bring chicken stock to boil and drop the wontons in. Cook for about 5 minutes until meat is cooked through. Garnish with green onion.
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