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fried won tons by maggie

Recipe by
Maggie M
In The Kitchen, OH

My Mom came up with this idea and served them many times over for New Years Eve appetizers. I have adjusted her recipe to settle on this little gem and it has always been a hit for as long as I can remember. It has inexpensive simple ingredients and it's easy to do. We always have these along with our leftover fried rice.

yield serving(s)
method Stove Top

Ingredients For fried won tons by maggie

  • 1/4 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp
    finely diced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp
    finely diced water chestnuts
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped bean sprouts
  • 2
    green onions
  • soy sauce
  • won ton wrappers
  • oil

How To Make fried won tons by maggie

  • 1
    Mix the meat, mushrooms and chestnuts together. Carefully blend in the bean sprouts, about 1/2 teaspoon of minced green onion and about a teaspoon of soy sauce. Note: Adjust the amount of green onion to suit your taste .. we like a lot of them so we add more.
  • 2
    Lay a won ton wrapper out on your cutting board. Moisten the edges of the wrapper and then take about 1 teaspoon of the meat mixture and place it near one corner of the wrapper.
  • 3
    Carefully fold the sides of the wrapper toward the meat then begin rolling the wrapper toward the opposite end. When you are finished you should have a tiny little cigar shape.
  • 4
    An alternate way would be to place the meat mixture in the center of the won ton wrapper, moisten the edges and then fold like an envelope. Keep a towel over top of the completed won tons while you are assembling the remaining ones so they don't dry out.
  • 5
    Heat about an inch of oil in a skillet or pot until it reaches about 325. Carefully lay the won tons - a few at a time - seam side down in the hot oil. Cook until golden then turn and cook the other side until golden brown.
  • 6
    Transfer to a wire rack on top of a baking sheet and place in heated oven. Continue cooking until you've made all of them.
  • 7
    Transfer to a paper lined plate, sprinkle lightly with fine salt and serve.
  • 8
    You can eat these plain or use a dipping sauce. My favorite way is to use a little bowl with a squirt of ketchup and a puddle of hot mustard. I make the hot mustard by mixing a wee bit of water with Coleman's powdered dry mustard .. trust me it is spicy !
  • 9
    NOTE: Double or triple the recipe if desired. I try to make only enough to eat at one meal as they are a little rough to re-heat unless you have an air fryer. Also .. the leftover won ton wrappers can be cut into strips or triangles and take only a couple of seconds to fry up into some really nice chips. Sprinkle some with fine salt or sprinkle some with sugar or cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat.
  • 10
    HINT: While the amounts listed are small ..this does make a fair amount of won tons. If your grocery has a salad bar section I suggest you go there and get 1 or 2 mushrooms and a few bean sprouts and anything else you don't need a lot of. In the end you will save money and not be wasting food.