fryday: jalapeño popper wontons

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Jalapeno Popper Wontons

When Monica and I met the other night, we traded insights on blogging and she told me she appreciated that I don’t shy away from posting the really good stuff that’s also really not good for you (e.g., fried food). She’s absolutely right. There’s very little in the way of kale and quinoa on this blog, although I do hope to change that. In the meantime, this post is one of those no-holds-barred recipes that makes me me, and makes Fryday the best day of the week. 

The idea for Jalapeño Popper Wontons came to me as I was enjoying these Strawberry Banana Nutella Wontons. I loved the fried dessert wontons so much that with the last bite I was already onto the next idea. I wanted to make something savory, a tad spicy and plenty cheesy. Naturally, I came up with these, and successfully paid homage to my favorite Jalapeño Popper recipe. 

Jalapeno Popper Ingredients
The cast of characters: 4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced, 16 wonton wrappers, 4 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese blend, 2 tablespoons real crumbled bacon (optional, but highly recommended), and oil for frying. 

Double the recipe if you’d like to make a big batch of these. The ingredients listed above were enough for 16 wontons. I applaud you if you plan on making more. 

Ok, let’s get started.

Making Jalapeno Popper Wontons
Make your jalapeño popper wonton filling. 

In a medium bowl, combine and mix cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon bits and diced jalapeños.

Separate and lay out wonton wrappers, then spoon jalapeño cream cheese filling onto the top half of each wrapper, leaving a clean edge of about a half of an inch.

Jalapeno Popper Wontons ready for frying
Wet a finger in a small dish of water and wet the bottom two edges. Fold the bottom half of the wrapper over the filling and pinch sides to seal shut.

Next comes the frying.

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Heat about a half inch of oil in a frying pan or cast iron skillet. You’ll know the oil is hot enough when a dash of flour in the oil sizzles and spits back at you. Exciting!

Fry jalapeño popper wontons a few at a time until golden on each side, about 30 seconds per side.

Finally, fish them out of the oil and set them aside on a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Repeat.

Jalapeno Popper Wontons with Ranch
Serve warm with a side of ranch for dipping, because why not? 

These are as great as traditional jalapeño poppers, if not better. And as I’d hoped for, they were savory, a tad spicy and plenty cheesy. The crunchy wonton wrappers are a welcome addition and make for a fun unique twist on the original. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend full of rest, excitement, and indulgent foods like the one I just shared. Brian and I will be in Indianapolis celebrating a belated Passover with his family. I’ve never been and can’t wait to spend some time there. Happy weekend and TGIFryday! 

jalapeño popper wontons
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Ingredients
  1. 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. ½ cup shredded Mexican cheese or cheddar cheese
  3. 2 tablespoons crumbled bacon
  4. 4 jalapeño peppers seeded and diced
  5. 16 wonton wrappers
  6. oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine and mix cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon bits and diced jalapeños.
  2. Separate and lay out wonton wrappers.
  3. Spoon jalapeño cream cheese filling onto the top half of each wrapper, leaving a clean edge of about a half of an inch.
  4. Wet a finger in a small dish of water and wet the bottom two edges. Fold the bottom half of the wrapper over the filling and pinch sides to seal shut.
  5. Heat about a half inch of oil in a frying pan or cast iron skillet. Oil is hot enough when a dash of flour in the oil sizzles and spits back.
  6. Fry jalapeño popper wontons a few at a time until golden on each side, about 30 seconds per side.
  7. Remove wontons from the frying oil and set aside on a paper-towel lined plate to drain.
  8. Serve with a side of ranch dressing or enjoy as is.
Notes
  1. Makes 16 jalapeño popper wontons. Double the recipe for 32.
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2 Responses to fryday: jalapeño popper wontons

  1. Kathleen says:

    Omg….these look amazing! I love wonton wrappers so I’m always on the lookout for a great way to use them, and this recipes certainly fits the bill! Btw, I love your idea of ‘TGIFryday!’

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