Fried Vegetable Wontons & Gnu Foods GIVEAWAY!!!

by simplylife on December 31, 2012

I love crowds and the excitement of being somewhere that is full of life and activity.  On a given day, it is thrilling for me to walk through a crowded market, watching people bartering, buying and selling.  There’s so much happening all at once that I never know where to look.  Should I try and find the best deal for apples?  Watch how people actually barter without turning all red in the face (if you have any tips- I’m all ears :) ?  Or just sit down and enjoy that pastry I’ve been thinking about all morning?

Other than the myriad of sights, the other thing I love most about markets are the smells.  No matter if it’s a market focused on arts & crafts, local produce or handmade clothing, there always seems to be plenty of vendors with scents that will draw you in and make you crave whatever they are selling.

And do you know what I’ve noticed about those smells?  It’s always the fried food that draws me in.  Always.  It doesn’t matter what exactly is being fried, but just the smell of it makes me want to hang around all day and eat whatever is on the other side of that deep pot filled with hot oil.

So the other day, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  No longer would I be lured into paying way too much for sub-par finger foods.  I was going to tackle the one cooking technique I have been too intimidated to try.  And I was going to do it with a food I always love to eat: Fried Wontons.  I know, not your typical answer of doughnuts or bacon, but we’ve already established I’m not your most common eater and really, who doesn’t love a light, flaky crust filled with goodness?

So I combined a few recipes, chopped some veggies and got to cooking… and the results were irresistible!  I absolutely loved the crunchy outside with the warm, flavorful veggies on the inside.  You can completely change the filling according to your food and taste preferences and I really can’t imagine a better appetizer to please a crowd!  If you’re hosting a New Year’s get-together and looking for some last-minute party foods that are sure to be a hit among your meat eaters and vegans- look no further!

 

Fried Vegetable Wontons

by Simply Life

Adapted from Cook & Freeze and About.com

Keywords: fry appetizer side vegetarian vegan Thai

Ingredients

  • 2 button mushrooms, diced
  • 1 /3 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup edamame beans
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1 tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 20-25 gyoza or pot sticker wrappers
  • 1 cup oil (I used olive oil), you want to fill the pan about 1/2 – 3/4 inches high
  • Sweet chili sauce, for serving (I found this at Trader Joe’s)

Instructions

1. Make sure all vegetables and chopped into very small pieces. Mix together all vegetables with soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and sesame oil. Set aside.

2. Set-up your “station.” Set 1/2 cup room temperature in small bowl next to cutting board, non-stick silicone baking mat or baking sheet. Place about 8-12 wonton wrappers on surface. Dip finger (or pastry brush) into water and and gently wet the outside border of each wonton wrapper (I did about 4 at a time to make sure the wrapper stayed moist throughout the process).

3. Place about 1 heaping teaspoon of filling in the center of each wonton (it’s not going to look like much and if you’re like me, you’ll be tempting to add more filling…but don’t, it will tear the wrappers!).

4. Fold wrapper in half to create a triangle. Press all sides together. Gently fold in the two outside corners and press, adding more water if needed for the edges to stick.

5. Place oil in small to medium frying pan (I used a 9.5 inch “saucier”) so that it’s about 1/2 to 3/4 inches high. Turn heat to medium-high to high, monitoring closely. When you start to see small “swiggly lines” form on the bottom of the pan, this usually indicates it is ready. To test, place the corner of one wonton in the oil; if it begins to bubble and fry you are ready. When oil is hot, place about 5 wontons into pan at a time, cooking about 1 minute per side. Continue to cook in small batches. Serve with sweet chili dipping sauce and enjoy!

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As indicated by the recipe above (I hope you agree :) ), I thought it necessary to end the year right.  That means good food, a recipe to share, and a giveaway.  Let’s start 2013 right…

There are a few staple ingredients my husband and I buy nearly every week.  These usually include bread, fruit and granola bars.  I love being able to throw a granola bar in my lunch bag for a quick and healthy snack throughout the day.  So when Gnu Foods offered to send me a box filled with a variety of their bars I was definitely excited!

I was sent the following flavors courtesy of Gnu Foods to review: Peanut Butter, Banana Walnut, Blueberry Cobbler, Orange Cranberry, Blondie, Cinnamon Raisin, Chocolate Brownie and Carrot Cake.  Each bar is made with all-natural ingredients and has 12 grams of fiber.  All flavors, except the Blondie Bar, are vegan.  You can find a store near you here.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed all the bars I’ve tried!  Below is the Blondie Bar.  It was chocolatey, sweet and I really enjoyed the soft and chewy texture.  I also apologize for the poor lighting – but this is real life…granola bars are being photographed way too early in the morning before being thrown in my purse on my way out the door. ;)  I really enjoyed this bar and especially loved enjoying chocolate in the morning while also feeling full and satisfied! :)

And the best part?  You can start 2013 with your own taste of Gnu Foods!  One Simply Life reader will win their own box filled with a variety of bars!  To enter, to any/all of the following and let me know in the comments; giveaway will be open through Jan 4 and winner must have a U.S. address:

  • Visit Gnu Foods and tell me which bar you would like to try!
  • Tweet about this giveaway!  (Ex: Win @gnufoods on @SimplyLifeBlog #giveaway! )
  • Tell me how you’ll be bringing in the New Year!

~Happy New Year!

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  • Belinda @zomppa

    Beautiful! You are so right about the sounds and smells…especially fried food!

  • Tasha

    I’m always drawn to peanut butter anything, so that would be my pick, but they all sound delicious!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Good for you, tackling a recipe like this! These wontons look fabulous – perfect for a NYE party!

    And fun giveaway too, as always. I’d love to try Gnu’s Blondie flavor!

  • Jill

    banana walnut!!

  • Jill

    I’m just having a nice dinner with the boy! lets hope we can stay up until midnight haha! happy new year!

  • debbie

    the banana walnut debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  • debbie

    we are bringing the new year with a card party debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Sounds fun!

  • camille

    Tough call, but I think the blondie bar would get my vote.

  • Deanna G.

    I want to try the Chocolate Brownie Bar! :)

  • Deanna G.
  • Deanna G.

    I’m just staying home for New Years.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I am really impressed that you made those!! I would be intimidated too! Just a heads up that you have a spelling error in your title (gun instead of gnu) :-) Also, I can’t enter the giveaway, but I am ringing in the new year by cooking a bunch of sea food with my sweetheart, cracking open an expensive bottle of wine, and maybe going to a movie. We’ll probably be in bed before midnight, lol!

    Happy New Year to you!!! All the best in 2013!

    Also, thanks for being a loyal reader :-)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Thank you so much for telling me about the type- you’re the bes! And Thank YOU for being a loyal reader :) Happy 2013!

  • Katie

    The carrot cake bars sound right up my alley!

  • yummychunklet

    Happy New Year!

  • a farmer in the dell

    I need a bite of those wontons now!!! yummy! happy new year!

  • karinacocina

    the chocolate brownie bar sounds awesome!

  • karinacocina

    i brought in new years with my friends :)

  • http://twitter.com/j_mosh Jordan Dunne

    All of the flavors sound amazing, but I’m most intrigued by the espresso chip and carrot cake!

  • http://twitter.com/j_mosh Jordan Dunne

    I brought in the New Year with old friends. Perfect way to start 2013 :)

  • http://twitter.com/j_mosh Jordan Dunne

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/j_mosh/status/286118242064400385
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I am SO afraid of deep frying also! Kudos to you for trying it and being so successful!

  • http://twitter.com/Serene_streams Renata

    I would like to try the Blueberry Cobbler Bar!

  • http://twitter.com/Serene_streams Renata

    I was sleeping through the New Year :-)

  • http://twitter.com/Serene_streams Renata
  • Raymond

    Carrot Cake sounds tasty!

  • Raymond

    I brought in the New Year watching Times Square ball drop!

  • http://thehappinessinhealth.com/ Jessie

    I’m so impressed with your beautiful fried wontons! I’m not usually a fan of fried foods, but I love the smell of fried, lol. We’re making fried chicken for my husband’s birthday in a few days, so I’ll be smelling it soon ;)

    I’m a fan of Gnu bars, although I haven’t had them in a while. I’d love to try the carrot cake bar – I’ve never had it!

  • AlchemyInTheKitchen

    Yup, I head towards the fried foods too.The veggie wontons look delicious – I think you could sell these by the dozen at any market. Happy New Year!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh thank you- what a great comment! :)

  • http://twitter.com/swankydietitian Kristen RD

    YUM! These look great! I love those wonton wrappers. You can do so much with them!
    I love Gnu bars. My fav flavor is the cinnamon raisin!
    Happy New Year!

  • http://twitter.com/goodeatsgirl1 Autumn

    These wontons look amazing! I love fried wontons…yum! I’d definitely want to try the orange cranberry bar…that’s one of my favorite flavor combinations!

  • meri

    Oh my goodness- I love love love these bars but have NEVER seen a lot of the flavors- I’ve only ever had the banana walnut, cranberry, and oatmeal raisin. I am just DYING to try that blondie bar. Oh I hope I win! How nice of you to share!
    Happy New Year- we spent the evening with some beers and a game of scrabble, it was very nice and relaxing!
    Cheers!
    Meri

  • Madeline

    I’d like to try their Carrot Cake or Blueberry Cobbler!

  • Madeline

    We spent the new years very low key – takeout mexican food and board games, and it was a lot of fun!!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      oh that sounds perfect! we played games too- always a good time! :) Happy New Year!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Happy 2013!

    The wontons sound great!

    I’d love to try the carrot cake bar.

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    Great idea to make these at home! They look like they came out perfectly. Happy new year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.r.neff Theresa Neff

    The carrot cake bar sounds great!

  • http://twitter.com/MsLynnChen Lynn Chen

    i haven’t a gnu bar in forever – would love to try the carrot cake

  • rachel

    I’d love to try the Espresso Chip variety.

  • Jillian

    Espresso chip sounds great!

  • Jillian
  • Jillian

    I’m bringing in the new year by spending time with college friends!

  • Georgiana

    Espresso Chip would be yummy for breakfast!

  • Georgiana

    I was sleeping when the New Year occurred!

  • Louis

    I like the blueberry cobbler bar
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  • Louis

    we watched “live from Times Square” which was actually 3 hours later here in Cali

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  • Louis

    I tweeted your giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  • http://twitter.com/RealiaMazing Realia Mazing

    id love the chocolate brownie bar
    daniellex at gmail dot com

  • http://twitter.com/RealiaMazing Realia Mazing

    i brought in the new year at a friends house with a big backyard bon fire!

  • katecooks

    maybe the carrot cake bar??! but they all look delicious!

  • Jenna Z

    I have tried these before and my FAV is the orange cranberry! Yum!

  • Mom

    These wontons are so cool. I’ve never tried one. How about stuffing it with sauce, sausage and mozzarella cheese!!??

    I would love to try these granola bars. I would love to have them as my go to filler

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