I want to try something new and fun here on A Pinch Here, A Dash There. Who doesn’t love some good take out food? I know I do, but we stopped getting take out food as often because frankly, it didn’t make us feel very good. Most take out food is quite unhealthy, and full of lots of extra junk and cheap ingredients.
Since this blog is about cooking from scratch, and I love making my own “take out” food, I’m creating this new series: Take Out Thursday. Every Thursday, I’ll show you guys how to make a classic take out food dish for you and your families to enjoy. I can promise you that making your own “take out food” is not only incredibly simple, but it’s fun to do together! We love making our own spin on these classic dishes every weekend. It’s something I really look forward to, and I always enjoy the food waaaaay more than I would if it was from a restaurant. (I am fully aware of the fact that sometimes, take out food is needed because you just can’t find the time to cook, or need to treat yourself to a break. I am guilty of this as well.)Even though many restaurants are becoming better about creating Gluten Free and Vegan types of dishes, it is still really hard to find a lot of options. I see my Mom struggle to find good, tasty gluten free dishes every time we go out. When you make your own take out food, you can customize it to your culinary needs.
So, for the first Take Out Thursday….I present…..Homemade Wontons!
One of my all time favorite Chinese Food dishes. Fry them, bake them, whatever suits you. They are sooooo ridiculously easy to make, and the filling combinations are endless. You can make them vegan, vegetarian, or fill them with just meat. It’s all up to you, my friends. We tend to just grab a bunch of random veggies, a meat, some ginger, spices, soy sauce. Puree it, and add to the wrappers.
If you want to get more specific and traditional with it, here’s one of my favorite ways to make them:
What You’ll Need:
+ Package of Wonton Wrappers (very cheap- usually in the produce section of the grocery store)
+ 1/2 pound ground pork or turkey, cooked
+ 1/2 can water chestnuts, drained
+ 1 cup shredded cabbage
+ 3 scallions
+ 2 teaspoons minced ginger
+ 1 teaspoon fish sauce
+ 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
+ 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
+ 1 teaspoon honey
+ few drops sesame oil
+ salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients but wrappers in a food processor. Pulse until all is minced and combined. Lay out the wonton wrappers. Put about 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle of each wrapper. Dampen the 2 edges (in an L shape) with water, and fold into a triangle to seal. Once all of the wontons are made, you can either fry them, bake, or boil them. To Fry: Heat a few Tablespoons of oil in a saute pan. When hot (about 350 degrees), add a few wontons, cooking 1 minute per side. To Boil (they’re more like ravioli this way): Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the wontons, and cook for 5-8 minutes. To Bake: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line the wontons on a cookie sheet, and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden.
Whatever way you make them, be sure to serve them with a tasty bowl of soy sauce! Enjoy!
Have any take out food recipes you’d like to see made at home? Leave a comment below!
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