Everyday Mom's Meals: Soul Food Saturday #11

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Soul Food Saturday #11

Welcome to the weekend! Can you believe July 4th is this week? Summer is flying by...per usual! If you're planning a big backyard barbecue, pool party or maybe a weekend at the lake, Bekki is here with a great appetizer, or fun lunch, idea!

This recipe is in celebration of Independence Day! We always need one more recipe for that big family cookout, or time with friends enjoying the fireworks. This one is versatile. You can make them up and fry right before or make ahead before leaving to your next party. The inspiration came from the crispy crab and cream cheese filled fried wontons I found at my favorite Asian restaurants. This one has a twist because I wanted to use up some left over ham I had in the fridge. You can see the trend here I’m sure. I always seem to make more than we will eat for dinner on any given night. So there are typically leftovers from several nights hanging out using up shelf space. With that secret revealed once more, feel free to try new combinations and have fun with it! 
Ham and Cheese Fried Wontons
1 c. ham chopped
½ c. whipped cream cheese
½ tbs. granulated garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
½ c. shredded mozzarella
Water to seal wontons before frying
10 wonton squares
Vegetable oil to fry wontons
(Will vary depending on size of saucepan used for frying)
Preheat frying oil to 350 degrees.
In a medium size bowl mix cream cheese, ham, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper until combined.
With a teaspoon, spoon mixture in the middle of the wonton square. Using your fingertip, dip into the water and run your fingertip around the edge of the wonton.
*This will ensure it is sealed and your filling will stay in while frying.*
Grab opposite corners and pull towards the middle, so ends touch and press to seal. Repeat on the second side.
Fry in small batches, 3 to 4 at a time. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve hot or at room temperature with your favorite dipping sauce. This time I used chipotle mayo! Happy 4th of July!

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