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Jan 29, 2007 06:06 PM

Won Ton Skins for Appetizers?

I just bought - on a whim I must admit - a package of wonton skins thinking there must be something wonderful I can do with them for make-ahead appetizers. Remembering I live in southern Baja Mexico and don't have access to exotic ingredients - but do have access to pretty darn good seafood - any suggestions?: I do have rosemary, basil, dill, basic goat cheese, brie but no other noteworthycheese. And I prefer things that are mostly make-ahead. Greatly appreciate any ideas.

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  1. You can use the wonton skins to line muffin tins, bake in the oven until golden brown to form little wonton skin cups, and fill them with delightful goodies.

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    1. re: kcchan

      How hot an oven for how long? And should the tins be oiled - anything I should brush on the skins? How far ahead of serving could I make them? I really like this concept and can think of lots of goodies to put in them.

      1. re: madwrk

        350 degrees; spray the muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, then line the pans with the won ton wrappers. If you're baking something in the wrappers, then bake the wrappers alone for 5 minutes, take out of the oven, let cool, then fill the cups, put back in the oven for 10-15 mins (or until filling is warm). If you're filling the wrappers with something cold, then bake the wrapper cups until golden brown, cool, then fill.

        You can bake these ahead of time - bake for 5 minutes, let cool, and freeze. When ready to serve, just pop them back in the oven for a few minutes.

    2. Make ravioli. Fill one (seafood would be great), paint the edges w/ water, top w/ another. Make as many as you want and put on a cookie tray, making sure they don't overlap. Boil briefly.

      1. Use like traditional wontons, fill with a mixture of ground shrimp, egg, sesame oil, chilis and cilantro. Seal with egg and fry like regular wontons. Dip into your favorite salsa/cheese sauce. Or, fill with cheese mixture, fry then dip into a sweet/spicy fruit chutney ; peach or apricot work well! YUM

        1. There was a recipe for a wonton appetizer I tried once. I baked the skins in a muffin tin so that I had little wonton cups and then filled them with guacamole and crab meat with some crema. It was fantastic! A modified ceviche might also go well in a wonton cup.

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          1. re: JungMann

            I've tried doing a ceviche in wonton cups. As a suggestion, brush the inside of the cup before cooking with a little chili oil for a little kick. It's so amazing and super refreshing!

          2. Homemade crab rangoons... Some cream cheese, fresh crab meat, pinch of salt & sugar, and fresh green herbs.

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            1. re: SkinnyChef

              This probably makes me an infidel, but I've made fresh crab rangoon and I much more prefer the fake takeaway recipe. Cream cheese, bit of cheddar, package of surimi, dash of worstershire and cheddar, scallions.