Sichuan Wontons
 
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Easy to make pork and scallion wontons in a spicy Sichuan sauce.
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Serves: 4-6 as an appetizer
Ingredients
For the Wontons:
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ½ package wonton skins
For the Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese black vinegar or good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the pork, egg, sesame oil, salt, and pepper and mix until everything is well-incorporated. The filling should be sticky and slightly wet.
  2. Place a wonton wrapper on your work surface. Keep the extra wrappers nearby to use as you go. Place one heaping teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper (but don't overfill it or you won't be able to wrap it).
  3. Use your finger to spread a thin layer of water along the left, bottom, and right sides of the wrapper around the filling (see the video for how to do this if you are unsure). Start by folding the wrapper in half to form a rectangle, then seal the wrapper all around the filling, gently pushing out any air bubbles. Dab a little bit of water with your finger on the bottom right corner of the rectangle, then pinch both bottom corners and bring the corners around to the middle and seal the dry corner on top of the wet corner so that they stick together. You will have a little puff of filling surrounded by the sealed wonton. Again, the video shows you how to do this.
  4. Place the finished wonton on a plate. Keep the finished wontons covered with a barely damp towel while you repeat the process with the remaining wontons.
  5. Now, make the sauce. In a medium bowl, mix together the garlic, soy sauce, sugar, chili oil, black vinegar, and Sichuan pepper. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved and set aside.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Put in the wontons (you can add them all at once) and boil for 3 to 4 minutes, until the wontons float to the top. Remove them with a slotted spoon and transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle the chili sauce over the wontons and sprinkle the sliced scallions on top. Enjoy hot.
  7. *These will also freeze well in an airtight container for up to three months. To cook them, simply drop the frozen wontons into your boiling water and cook for 5-6 minutes, remove from the water, then drizzle with the sauce.
Adapted From
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2013/04/22/sichuan-wontons/