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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Tasty Tofu Wontons!

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This is a quick recipe I wanted to share. I will not go into too much detail, as I'm tired and in serious need of a nap or as we say here in the hollow 'siest'. I can quickly say though that this treat is fun albeit involved to prepare along with being absolutely delicious. The recipe is also vegan, hence there is no cholesterol/trans fats. And this treat is low in saturated fat despite being fried.

Tofu Stuffed Wonton
7 oz. Firm Organic Tofu (drained & pressed w/ paper towels)*
1 Tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
1/2 Tsp. Toasted Sesame Oil
1/2-1 Tsp. Sriracha Sauce
1/2 Tsp. Fish Sauce (optional)
1 Tbsp. Scallion (minced)
1 Tsp. Dried Minced Onion
1/2 Tsp. Cumin Powder
1/4 Tsp. Turmeric
Pinch or Two Salt
1-48 Count package of Twin Marquis Vegan Wontons or
your preferred wonton thawed.

*If you are new to tofu, it needs to be pressed with absorbent paper towels to remove some of the excess liquid.

In a bowl, break down the pressed tofu into a meal like texture. Then add the remaining 9 ingredients except the wontons and stir to properly mix. Place in the fridge.

Make a vegan egg by mixing 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. water. Use a brush to wet the edges of the wontons with the vegan egg mix, place about 1-1 1/2 Tsp. of tofu in the center of each wonton. Fold into a triangle ensuring that the edges are sealed (also avoid air pockets). Then take one wet corner and fold it over the other to create desired shape. Again ensure the corners are sealed against each other.
















See how they're folded, Dearies?












Pan sear the wontons in about 1-2 tbsp. oil at medium heat for about 1 min on each side. Note-if the oil is too hot, the wontons will burn and, if it is too low, they will be greasy.

















Place hot fried wontons on a paper towel and salt. I serve this with low sodium soy sauce mixed with sriracha and a few drops of toasted sesame oil and it is wicked awesome (smile)...


51 comments:

  1. as i'm not much of a meat fan i love these tofu stuffed wontons! i can never find wontons in restaurants that are meat free unless i go to a vegetarian restaurant and even then they may not have wontons. the regular wontons are always filled with pork or even when they say they are shrimp only there's always a trace of pork in them so i've totally stayed away from ordering wontons in restaurants.

    your recipe sounds delicious and healthy Stella! never thought of using just tofu in wontons...duh. what an obvious, but genius idea. don't know why i never thought of that. thank you for sharing your always wonderful recipes with us Stella! beautiful presentation yet again.

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  2. This looks fantastic! I remember the first time I made dumplings but I had to use wonton wrappers because I couldn't find round wrappers. I could have used the instructions on how to fold them 'cause they ended up being, well, not nearly as attractive as yours. ;)

    I wanted to thank you for the advice on my herbs, it'll really help. I was aware that basil was a mint but I didn't really think about how it might overtake the pot. Would pruning it often keep it under control, or would it still interfere with the oregano?
    And I thought the garlic chives would be a nice touch. I've never had them before but I figure if I need a garlicky-onion touch in a dish I can just go out to the pot and get some. :) I haven't read about companion planting but I will google it right after I post this!
    Also, how long does it take to compost? I never had reason to compost before now because we have no garden to speak of, so I'm not familiar with how it's done.

    Thanks again! And sorry about all the questions haha. :) <3

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  3. I love that way of folding, Stella. I made a squash pocket that way once...I saw Giada make them on TV.

    The flavors in your wontons are wonderful. I might actually like tofu this way! :)

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  4. I those are beautiful, great way to use wonton wrappers! I know I would love those!

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  5. Stella, if you have coocked rice, you have to do! It's very good!
    I did it last week, when my father came visit me... It was a sucess! And the Sweet Potato Gratin, yes, you can do! It's very easy to do and delicious of to eat.
    And, about your portuguese, I understand very well. So soon you come be a Brazilian citizen! :) Just kidding :)
    I need to improve my English.. One day I'll get there! :)
    By the way, yours wontons are very beatiful and sound very good.

    Kisses,
    Talita Cristina

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  6. Stella, these do look awesome! I'm always looking for vegetarian inspiration! I'm a real beginner at using tofu, so it's great to see such a scrumptious-looking recipe. Your photos are excellent too - thanks for the clear instructions on folding!

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  7. I made tofu nuggets one time for my girls they were suppose to taste like chicken nuggets, something went horribly, horribly wrong...no one ate them and my little one was so angry with me..she was "famished" I think this would be a better approach to tofu, great recipe
    sweetlife

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  8. This looks ridiculously good! I always have bad luck with tofu but I'm not giving up! I like that the tofu is crumbled in this recipe. I like to make tofu scramble with curry sometimes and I can get that to turn out so I think I can make this work. ;) Yum!

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  9. Have a good nap chica! These look seriously good. I bet I could trick my family into eating tofu with these babies!

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  10. Never though about tofu wontons before. And I have to say Stella, your pictures are so good. Especially with the cookbook and chop sticks. Very nice.

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  11. Wow! These look good. We are not fans of tofu, but this recipe has me rethinking that. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. ummm. You made a variation of this for me before, didn't you? Looks perfect - especially with a salty broth soup. And that drinks (below it) would go nicely too. May try this on the weekend. Love.

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  13. Oh wontons, how I love thee, little bundles of goodness. What a great idea.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  14. fabulous looking soup love those wontons~ nice job STella~

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  15. Any recipe with Sriracha is a friend of mine! I love that stuff!!! I've been a little intimidated to try making my own won tons, but I may have to relent now that you've provided such an excellent recipe.

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  16. Very beautifully wrapped wonton. Looks delicious. I have never tried with tofu. Would love to try. Thanks for sharing. Hope you managed to have enough rest. Please take care.

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  17. Wow, love the sound and look of this wonton...great idea to stuff with tofu...it sure makes a great appetizer :-)

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  18. Dear Stella - How stunning and delicious! Lovely for a simple vegetarian small plate :)

    Those pics are amazing.

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  19. I love wontons - definitely a guilty pleasure of mine. I've never had them stuffed with tofu. I'll have to give these a try.

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  20. This recipe sounds SO delicious. And I love Sriracha!

    Thanks for checking out my blog, it is funny that you say you have never seen mine, because I just discovered yours from a link/comment on Chef Dennis's page. :)

    Looking forward to reading more.... and trying these wontons.

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  21. Great photos! They will come in handy for someone who has never made wontons before. :)

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  22. We made vegetarian wontons using tofu before too! Sometimes, we add a little spinach to mashed tofu. I like that you pan-fried the wonton - it is surely more fragrant :D

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  23. This looks like one of those 'wonder' recipes, good for you and absolutely delicious as well!

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  24. I am so impressed! These look so fabulous!

    xxMK
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  25. Scrumptious wontons, I love the tofu filling! Yummy!

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  26. Hi Stella, did you have a nice siest? i hope you did :) I think i slept poorly again last night. But no strangling bed sheets, which is nice. I hate waking up in panic.
    Great wonton recipe! Love wontons. I don't know if you do this, but when we have left over fried wontons, we put them in broth the next day. I know it isn't for everyone, but it is yummy. Will have to try with tofu :) xoxo

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  27. Hi Stella!

    I'm good thanks, been busy running around doing some things for this job I may be getting. Yeah job market is tough all over I reckon. Hopefully you find one soon, let me know how it goes :)

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  28. Now, this recipe is a great camouflage for me to sneak in some Tofu without my hubby noticing ;o))A really nice blend of ingredients. I'll have to add it to the other nice recipe I took here the other day.
    Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

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  29. A revolutionary way to prepare Tofu! I can't wait to try it as I love soya bean products!

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  30. Just passing by to let you know I made 2 of your caramelized sugar cakes, for hubby's luncheon at work, I followed the recipe exact and everyone went "nuts" over your creation..I wrote your link on the cute little box I sent them in, so if you get any lurkers from texas,

    hubby sneaked a piece home for us and chuls adores you and pips, well she thinks your the coolest witchy mama...
    bonnie

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  31. These look great! I saw a great scallion dipping sauce on Chocolate & Zucchini that would work well with these.

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  32. Wonderful take on wontons Stella! You are giving me cravings! Funny how my post this week also involved deep frying and beancurd! The thing is that deep fried doesn't necessarily mean oily - if enough oil is used at the right temperature, it really isn't greasy at all!

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  33. Stella, this looks stellar! Sorry, I couldn't resist. I'm sure that's the first time you've heard that...

    I love the idea of tofu in wontons. Thanks for showing us how to do it!

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  34. These are the sort of thin that would convert tofu haters across the land. Absolutely gorgeous, I love the sound of the sauce.

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  35. thanks for the heads up, I had a slider on my blog and it wasn't really working out...oh the papayas I buy are orange/little bit green..i'm so close to the border about 20minutes they are mexican papayas..funny you should say that I was drawn to those recipes, because they contain my mexican flavors..take care

    bonnie

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  36. Great tofu dish, Stella! I'm eating tofu for lunch as reading your tofu post hehe. Crispy wontons are my favorite.

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  37. Oh my word, Stella, this looks so FANTASTIC and unique! I have been eating tofu for so long and I can't believe I've never heard of this dish. I will definitely try it. Thank you for all your comments on my blog and checking up on me. Your kind words and support really mean a lot to me. :) I hope you got a nice long nap!

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  38. Hi Tanantha, I'm glad you had a healthy lunch, and I like the way you say 'hehe', so teehee!

    Hey Ms. Meanie,
    Thanks! Yeah, I hope you try them. I think you would have a true appreciation for something like this. Oh, and I like checking up on you. Mer likes yer! That's elvin talk (smile)...

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  39. oh these look FANTASTIC! yummy thanks for sharing xx

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  40. I love the way you folded these delicious wontons! I also love their caramel color and find them irresistible!

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  41. I want this for lunch, your won tons look very delicious, thanks for sharing.

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  42. These look great! I do love wontons...will have to try them sometime!

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  43. These look SO good! I love making my own wontons and I've never thought of stuffing them with tofu...thanks for the idea!

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  44. That looks so crispy and delicious! :D I think you've definitely succeeded in making tofu look absolutely mouth watering :)

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  45. These wontons do look totally awesome! I like all the texture components, crisp exterior, soft on the inside with a side of good sauce.

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  46. I have to say that this is a sinful simple-to-make treat for a vegos Stella.

    Pretty much anything with a wonton wrapper will taste good. And add to that with a little seasonings on the tofu, you are there in the sinful heavens. Hahahaha.

    I can munch a big bowl full of those goodies. Yummy yummy!

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  47. Stella these look wonderful, you have a georgeous blog!! gloria

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  48. love the idea of tofu fillings. healthy and delicious!

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  49. It looks wicked awesome. I love wontons and all the combinations you can have, using them.

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  50. Yum - yum - yum. Bookmarked. A great way to eat tofu. This recipe should appeal to those who dislike tofu too.

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