Turkey dill wontons out of the oven
Invited to a pot luck tonight for a friend’s birthday and I was off the hook for making a cake. Woah, what?! I know! So, what to make? I thought about it all day—I’m a baker, not a cook. As such, I don’t often contribute savory dishes to pot lucks, etc.

On the way home, I chose to go with baked wontons. Eins and I used to make these by the bushel full when we lived in Philadelphia, so they seemed an obvious choice. I usually only make these for the December tree-trimming, but meh, it’s a special occasion!

I stopped by the local market, picked up 1 lb of ground lamb, 1 lb of ground turkey, scallions, roasted pumpkin seeds (they were out of roasted pistachios), and 2 packages of square wonton wrappers.

I’ve been making these for so many years, I don’t have a recipe for them honestly. As such, these are estimates and I encourage you to experiment.

Lamb wontons with roasted pumpkin seeds  (makes about 50)
Combine the following ingredients:
1 lb. ground lambLamb wontons heading into the oven
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP finely chopped garlic
pinch of salt
two chilis (ground)
juice from 1 lemon
1 c. rough ground roasted pumpkin seeds

Turkey wontons with almonds and dill  (makes about 50)
Combine the following ingredients:
1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 c. toasted ground almonds (optional)
8 oz pkg. cream cheese (softened)
pinch of salt
2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
2 tsp. finely chopped garlic
1/4 bunch of fresh dill (finely chopped)

To assemble:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Do NOT use parchment or non-stick pads or the wontons will not crisp up in the oven.

On a dry counter, lay out about a dozen wonton wrappers (or more if you have the space), placing 1 tsp of filling into the center of each wrapper.

Snag a small bowl, fill with water and dip your finger into the water and liberally wet two adjacent sides of the square.

Fold the wrapper onto itself, forming a triangle, and use your fingers form a good seam between the two layers. If the wrapper isn’t sticking to itself, use a bit more water to seal it.

Lamb wontons out of the ovenThen, wet the two ends of the triangle, folding the ends into the middle. Press and set onto an ungreased nonstick baking sheet. You can place them very close together.

Immediately prior to putting into the often, gently mist the wontons with water or olive oil. I lean towards water as the oil can make them too greasy.

Place in the oven for 18 minutes, rotating half way. I usually knock them over to brown an additional surface at the half way point.

Don’t need 100 wontons? Fill the wrappers, form, and then place in the freezer briefly (to stiffen them), then place them in freezer bags. When you need them, defrost them on the baking sheet, and bake as per instructions above.