So you know I love recipe swaps, right?
I love having the opportunity to delve in to blogs, sifting through the archives and finding great recipes.
This month, I was invited to be a part of the first ever Surprise Recipe Swap! In this club, members are secretly assigned a partner, we cook up something fabulous from that blog and then share it on the 20th of each month. Keep on scrolling to the end of the recipe for your chance to join up! The more the merrier!
For the first ever SRS, I was assigned to Erika’s blog, Learning the Ropes, One Recipe at a Time. Erika strives to live a frugal lifestyle and to incorporate fresh ingredients and whole foods into her family’s diet. She also makes her own household cleaners and shares the recipes!
As I searched through her recipes, I was immediately drawn to the soups (I know, big shock, I’m always drawn to soups). In particular the wonton soup, since that is one of my husband’s favorites. I’ve already tackled Egg Drop Soup as one of my 30x30 recipes, so why not try wonton?
Overall the soup was absolutely delicious. It hit the spot on a cold, blizzardy day. I made a few changes from Erika’s recipe. I swapped out the ground chicken for pork and added a bit more spice to the meat mixture. Overall this was absolutely delicious and will definitely be made again in the near future! Thank you for a fantastic recipe, Erika!
*Plan at least 1 hour for wrapping the wontons, especially if you are working alone.
*I had about ¼ pound pork mixture left over. You may need additional wonton wrappers & broth or use the leftover meat in egg rolls or fried rice (recipes coming soon – stay tuned!)
Adapted from Learning the Ropes, One Recipe at a Time
6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 lb ground pork
1 tbsp sesame or canola oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
¼ cup dry bread crumbs
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp sea salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 package wonton wrappers
Another egg, beaten
8-10 cups chicken broth
4 oz button mushrooms, sliced
¼ head of nappa cabbage, chopped (or 1 head of bok choy)
In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the green onions, pork, oil, soy sauce, egg, bread crumbs, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix by hand until thoroughly combined.
Place 1 heaping teaspoon of pork filling into the center of each wonton wrapper (I found it useful to use a small scoop filled only half full).
Folding the wontons can get a little interesting. Here is a horribly drawn diagram I made, otherwise there will likely be instructions on the wonton wrapper package. Or you can also check youtube. People make videos for everything, I’d imagine wonton wrapping would be on there.
So looking at the diagram, you place the filling into the center of the wonton and brush beaten egg across the top two adjoining edges. Fold the bottom part up and press to seal.
Next, add egg wash to the bottom two corners (the ones that are folded). Bring the two corners together and pinch to seal.
Last, take that bottom tip (with the two corners pinched together) and make sure it still has some egg wash. Fold those corners (together) up and press firmly to the back of the wonton.
Repeat with the rest of the wonton wrappers and filling. I find it useful to place the finished wontons on a baking sheet until I’m ready to cook them.
To cook, add the wontons to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
While the wontons cook, heat 8 cups of chicken stock to a boil. Add the mushrooms and cabbage and cook for about 5 minutes.
Scoop the wontons out of the water with a slotted spoon and add them to the chicken stock, adding additional chicken stock as needed. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining green onions and serve.
I think it's wonderful that you picked this soup for your first SRS, because I would have never dared making it :)ReplyDelete
I love your instructions and will for sure try them, even tho I feel like having to left hands when it comes to folding and rolling things (yes, I'm the girl who can't even roll up a burrito)!
Mmmm sounds soo good! I love a nice brothy soup on a cold day. I also loved your little diagram, that is very helpful :) Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
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Looks beautiful! So glad you enjoyed it :) You are right it is definitely time consuming by yourself. I use the littles to help ;) They really enjoy folding them up and it helps the process along. Happy to have found your blog and look forward to reading more from you!ReplyDelete
My dh gets wonton soup every time we have Chinese food. Guess I'll have to try these since you made it look so easy. Thanks for sharing with us at SRSReplyDelete
The only Chinese restaurant we have here is a buffet which means I get wonton soup PLUS 76,981 calories and 7,000,000 grams of sodium. SO. I am loving this recipe. Thanks!!ReplyDelete
I love the diagram and the soup looks mouthwatering. My oldest is crazy about Wonton soup so I will have him wrap the wontons in promise of soup,lolReplyDelete
Wonton Soup is one of my favorite Chinese Food choices. I need to try to make it. I too love your diagram!ReplyDelete
I love wonton soup, too! Did you know that you can freeze the wontons to enjoy later? I spread the uncooked wontons on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and place it in the freezer overnight. Then, I place all the wontons in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer for a quick meal. Thanks for sharing. The diagram is great. It takes a minute to get the hang of folding.ReplyDelete
This sounds so wonderful right now and perfect for a cold gray day! Your diagram is perfect for a new wonton folder!ReplyDelete
This is the perfect time of year for soup. This looks soooo good. Thank you for sharing. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.comReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up with us at Foodie Friends Friday, my dh made me pin this one and promise to fix it.ReplyDelete
Hi, I found your blog through Bloom's link party. I am your newest follower. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be fantastic. Hope you are having a good week.ReplyDelete
This is my kids' favorite soup!ReplyDelete
Love won ton soup - looks delicious!Sound and look delicious!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you'll join in again on Saturday.