Crispy cream cheese wontons
Crispy cream cheese wontons, more popularly known as crab rangoons or crab puffs, are a popular American Chinese appetizer with a crispy outside and a creamy, delicious inside filled with cream cheese.
Cream Cheese and Scallion wontons ➡️ aka green onions. Or add crabmeat and it’s crab puffs or crab rangoons.
There are a few recipes for these…like “sweetened” or with sriracha, etc.. We like them SIMPLE; straight forward, delicious and EASY. It is what it is…cream cheese, scallions wrapped in wonton wrapper and fried. Remember you can put hot sauce “after” they’re made, leaving them in a way that pleases everyone; anyone who likes those 3 ingredients; actually…if for say children or “big people” who can’t take or have a health reason to not do scallions, you can do simply cream cheese. I’m laughing but it is possible.
Anyway, we LOVE them!
I’ve said it before but on this I must reiterate mise en place! Once the oil is hot (350°) and you start frying, you won’t have time to get anything “ready” at that point; you get on a roll 😉 Me and my daughter do an assembly line, with everything lined up, I’m frying, she’s filling and folding, although this last time we showed my granddaughter how to make these so…this batch was made by a 14 year old.
- 1(8 ounce)Philadelphia Cream Cheese, at room temperature
- 2 scallions, green (light & dark) parts finely chopped
- a package of wonton wrappers
- a cup of water, for sealing edge of wonton wrapper
- Oil for frying
- Heat oil in a small pot.
- Mix cream cheese and chopped scallions
- Spoon mixture into center of wonton wrapper
- Moisten the edges of the wrapper with water and fold into whatever *shape you desire.
- Make sure to seal the edges so the cream cheese mixture doesn’t escape during frying.
- Drop into hot oil and brown both sides (they will slightly continue browning after removing from oil, so not too dark; a nice golden color), place on paper towel lined plate, platter or tray.
- Serve with sweet and sour sauce, or as is. Enjoy! 😀
Different shapes, triangles, squares, money bag, tortellini like, envelope like, or whatever shape you want as long as cream cheese is sealed in.
We ordered Chinese and made our own wontons. We like to get extra sweet and sour sauce from restaurant. We always have. Years ago we use to stop at nearby Chinese restaurant and buy a pint when we were going to make these because we like theirs better than store bought and I didn’t want to make my own.