Entertaining? A Fresh, Fried Holiday Recipe

So, I guess it might be a bit late to suggest my favorite holiday shopping destinations, or remind you how to take it easy and arm yourself against that pestering fall cold. That said, you may very well be entertaining over the next few weeks, and I thought you might be interest in a one of my favorite holiday treats– consider this a classic with a twist.

We can try as we might to stay healthy, but with resolutions to hit the gym come January 1 and the promise of hiding underneath large fluffy sweaters until Spring pokes its head, I’m offering up some tasty treats more in the spirit of holiday goodness than healthy eats.

One of my absolute favorite fall flavors is pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin beer, and even the scent of pumpkin candles (see: Yankee Candle, I think) get me psyched for fall. If you’re in the mood for a fun take on a food with your favorite gourd, try these delectably sinful pumpkin cream cheese wontons. You’ll need:

  • 2 cans (15 oz each) of pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons each of nutmeg and cinnamon
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • additional spices to taste: allspice, cloves, etc
  • 1 container of cream cheese(whipped works well)
  • 2 packs of wonton wrappers (found near the refrigerated vegetable section of your neighborhood grocery store)
  • vegetable or corn oil

Combine the pie filling, spies, eggs, and sugar in a large bowl, mixing on low. (If you don’t fear salmonella, taste the mixture and add spices accordingly). Lay out wonton wrappers on a large flat space. Spoon about 4 teaspoons of the pumpkin mix into the middle of the wonton. Add about .5 teaspoons of cream cheese alongside. Fold the wontons into a triangular shape, leaving excess dough to fold over and insure there are no openings. (Wetting your fingers with a drop of tap water can work well to glue the wontons shut). Repeat until all wontons are filled.

Heat a large frying pan of oil about 3″ thick with the veggie or corn oil, maintaining on low heat, or use a deep fryer set to 350 degrees. Cook the wontons about 6 minutes, until browned on both sides.
Blot with a paper towel, let cool, and enjoy!

Bon Appétit,


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