"Recipes for Starting Your New Year"

Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons Recipe

4 oz. Dungeness or lump crab meat
2 oz. cream cheese
1/4 t. grated lemon zest
1/2 t. lemon juice
1/4 t. Kosher salt or to taste
1/8 t. freshly ground black pepper
2 t. snipped chives

18 wonton wrappers
vegetable oil for deep frying

Egg Wash
1 large egg whisked with 2 T. water

The filling:
Pick through the crab to remove any remaining bits of cartilage and shell. Mix the crab, cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper and chives together. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Folding the wonton:
Place a heaping half-teaspoon of filling on one corner of the wonton skin, leaving the edges clean. Moisten the edges with egg wash. Bring one set of opposite corners together and seal all the edges, making a triangle. Next, bring the long ends of the triangle together, overlapping the corners slightly and sealing with more egg wash. Turn the third corner up if it isn't already, forming a small tortellini or hat-shape.

Alternate folding method:
Cut the wonton skins in half, diagonally. Brush one side with egg wash then place a small dollop of filling a bit off the middle of the triangle. Bring the open edges together and seal, forming a small triangle.

Meanwhile, heat the oil to about 350� F. Fry the wontons until they are golden brown, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Drain well on a rack lined with paper towels.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.


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