Monthly Recipe: Naked Wontons
I really can’t get enough Asian food. Seriously. Anything with sesame oil, ginger, a curry or coconut milk, and I’m there.
A number of years ago I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks in China – Shanghai, Beijing, and the surrounding countryside. I ate my fill of all different kinds of “Chinese” food – Shanghainese, Sichuan, Mandarin, etc. But the food I kept coming back to the most were the wontons. Steamed baskets full of these gorgeous, brothy, savory pockets of goodness that both satisfied you and left you craving more all at once.
Since then I have discovered that, for me, leaving gluten-y foods out of my diet makes me feel better, which means that wontons, traditionally made, are out. However, the part that I love – that meaty, savory inside bite – can be recreated without the wrapper! And guess what – it’s super simple, which means that it can be made pretty much anytime you’re craving those yummy Asian flavors. These wontons are healthy, gluten free, sugar free, paleo, and delicious.
A note about sesame oil – while it should not be used as an everyday oil, it is unmatched in terms of flavor profile and also does contain a decent amount of antioxidants.
1/2 lb raw shrimp, cleaned and deveined
1 lb ground pork, organic
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. fish sauce
1 T. coconut aminos
1/4 t. sesame oil
A liberal sprinkling of pepper
Preheat your oven to 400°F before you get going.
Step 1: Chop the fresh stuff
Chop your fresh ingredients – cilantro, garlic, scallions. Put them aside in a small bowl.
Step 2: Add your seasonings
Add the salt, fish sauce, sesame oil, coconut aminos and pepper to this mixture.
Step 3: Prepare the shrimp and pork
Chop the tails off your shrimp and discard. Chop the remaining shrimp into a decently fine “paste.” Put this and the ground pork into a large mixing bowl.
Step 4: Combine!
Add your bowl of fresh ingredients and seasonings to the large bowl of “meats.” Using your hands, mix until all the ingredients are well combined. It should feel sticky.
I don’t have any pictures from this step because, well, my hands were full of raw wonton!
Step 5: Start ballin’!
Ball up the wontons onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put them in the oven and bake for about 15-20 mins. They will begin to brown on top.
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