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Homemade Wonton Wrappers

From the Vault:¬† I’m spending today first cleaning and then making pizza for my sister, Thing 2 and Thing 4 so here’s something awesome from the old site. To be fair, I was going to be posting this at some point soon anyway, it’s just too cool not to if I do say so myself. And I do. Heh.

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1 egg
3/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 to 1/2 cup water (or more)

-Beat the egg with the salt and a 1/4 cup water.
-Put the flour in a mixing bowl, make a well and add the egg and water mixture.
-Mix it as much as you can with a spoon.
-Add as much water as you need to get a dough.
-Knead for a couple minutes, until it forms a smooth, pliable dough.
-Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for a half hour.
-Roll small (about thumb sized) pieces very thin on a well floured surface or use a pasta machine.
-Use it for whatever you wanted wonton wrappers for. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.
(I got the recipe from here)

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Ok, I know I had said I was going to post about that casserole this week. But I’m wicked excited about making my own wonton wrappers, so it’s getting posted first and that’s just the way it’s going to happen.

I decided to make them kind of spur of the moment. My girlfriend is away for a few days, so I’m bored. Which usually means I make some kind of bread, since it takes some time. I don’t know if wonton wrappers really count as bread, but the concept is the same. There’s kneading and resting and all that. Now, I had always heard that making wonton wrappers was hard, but I didn’t think it was that bad at all. I think the main issue people have is getting them as thin as they want and I’ll admit that’s a problem. But I just let them be a little thick and didn’t worry about it. It made them a bit chewy, but I liked it fine. If you have a pasta machine you can get them really thin, but I don’t have one. They’re one of those things I’d love to have but just don’t really have the room for. Anyway, rambling aside, wonton wrappers are easy. You should make some. Here’s how.

Take an egg, three quarters of a teaspoon of salt and a quarter cup of water and beat them together.

Put two cups of flour into a bowl and make a well in the center. Add the egg mixtureand mix it together as well as you can with a spoon.

It will look really dry.

That’s because it needs more water.

I’m sure it’s my keen grasp of these kinds of details that keeps you guys coming back. Heh. I wound up adding almost another quarter of a cup. That turned it into a lump of sticky dough.

I left it sticky since I would be working more flour into it as I kneaded.

Which is what came next.

It took a few minutes (maybe as many as five like the recipe called for, but I don’t think quite that long) before it turned into a good, firm, cohesive dough.

The dough is firmer than bread dough, so it’s a little tougher to knead, but you don’t have to do it for as long. Now you just cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest for a half hour.

What you get is a soft, pliable but not very elastic dough.

This means you can roll it out but it doesn’t snap back much.

I just cut chunks the size of my thumb off and rolled them out as thin as I felt like. I just barely made this stuff today and the thing I had planned kind of fell through, so I haven’t done too much with it yet. But I did make a little something that I’ll show you. I rolled out a chunk of dough and put a big chunk of pepper jack cheese on it.

Then I just rolled it up

and twisted the ends like a tootsie roll wrapper.

And deep fried it.

This is the first time I have ever deep fried anything.

It was wicked good.

A little ham and mustard in there would have been nice. I’m going to do some actual Asian style stuff with the dough too, I just need a little time to get the stuff together. But I still have a bunch of the dough left and several days of only cooking for myself ahead of me.

Filed under: asian, cheese, deep fry

Getting the Phrase “Master Stock” in My Categories

Really, that’s pretty much all I’m doing. I had posted about master stock at my old blog and had gotten some response to it so I figured I’d post the update to it here. I wish I could remember how many times I used it since the end of November, at least five possibly a couple more. I kept it frozen in between uses, always boiled it before using it again and ran it through a cheesecloth every few times.

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Even in this small a time span/limited uses the stock has really changed. It started off as pretty much plain water and you can just see how dark it is now. That is only like an inch or so deep down there. I’m only using this stock for chicken/pork, but I’m going to make another one for beef and lamb. 279 This is just a big chunk of pork loin, I bought a 1 1/2 lb one, cut it into portions and froze it. There’s a good single person cooking tip for you, freeze small portions of large inexpensive cuts. See, this post is about more than just filler and admin stuff. Heh.

Anyway, yeah, gonna braise it, shred it and… something it. Not sure about what, it’s going to be braising for a while though so I have some time yet.

Filed under: asian, broth/stock, Freezer Food, leftovers, master stock, pork

Kansas City Meets Thailand: Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

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1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 small onion, grated
1 clove of garlic, grated
1 tbl oyster sauce
2 tsps sriracha sauce (or more!)
1 tbl liquid smoke
1 tsp black pepper
salt to taste

Grate the onion and garlic and saute them on medium heat in a little oil in small sauce pan. Add everything else and let simmer for a couple minutes or until it’s as thick as you like. Let cool, store in the fridge.

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This sauce is an adaptation of the sauce I used in this post at the old site from the Cheater BBQ cookbook. My ex didn’t like that sauce very much but now that her taste isn’t a concern not only do I get to make it but I get to make it spicy! Hell. Yes. I also get to play with ingredients she would even let me bring into the apartment like oyster sauce. Oh, this is the sauce I used on the pizza I posted the other day, it doesn’t really taste asian it just has a unique something. Anyway, it was a spectacular sauce adventure, why not read on and vicariously adventure with me.

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The recipe calls for grated onion, so I grated some onion. I used the rectangular back and forthy side on the box grater. I’m not sure what it’s actually called, so that’s what I’m calling it from now on. It turned the onion into mush which is good since chunky bbq sauce is an abomination in my eyes. I also used that side to grate the garlic, mostly because I didn’t feel like digging out my press or chopping and squishing and so forth.

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Then I tossed it into a pan with a little bacon grease, because I have it that’s why, and sauteed it for awhile. Basically until it started sticking, then I just tossed the rest of everything in.

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The road to adding oyster sauce was actually semi-accidental. I was going to use sriracha because it is my not so secret lover and I use it in everything these days and I realized I was out of¬†Worcestershire sauce. BBQ sauce really needs some kind of brown umami flavor especially the sweet, tomatoey Kansas City style. I didn’t want to use soy sauce, I would have used hoisin but I was out of that too, then my eyes alighted upon the oyster sauce. Perfect, I thought, especially since I was already using another asian ingredient.

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So, yeah, a new favorite sauce was born, hell I even bottled it. I bet it would be even better with a little hoisin, next time I make it I’m going to toss some in. Maybe some ginger, too. And lemongrass. Crap, I need to use it up so I can make more.

Filed under: asian, barbecue, fusion, sauce

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