wanna a wanton?_Mangia! Mangia! monday

This weeks Mangia! Mangia! monday comes compliments of my other half:

My Chef Tim.

culinary resolution

The main meal: shrimp wantons

The side: butternut squash

Last weekend was a miss because no sink = no motivation to cook.

I will note:

After about five days of eating out, of making sandwiches, cereal, canned soup, and passing that for dinner, I started to crave and seriously miss whole, real food.  I added steamed broccoli  and carrots to our crappy canned soup. Threw in chopped up mushrooms and sliced Havarti cheese to our quick omelets.

It just goes to show eating real food is not about dieting, or being a gourmet cook. It is about listening to your body long enough to let it get good and hungry and tell you what tastes good; not corporate-quick-fix-food-inc-America.

Anyway, onto the Mangia!

culinary resolutionShrimp Wantons.

This recipe is from a friend and co-worker.  He brought it over on a “brew night” and we inhaled it down recklessly like addicts.

Here is the recipe:


1 pound of shrimp {we used frozen because it is cheaper and with all the other goodness smothered in it, and then frying the whole thing up, fresh is not as important}

several cloves of garlic, minced

red pepper flakes

a few green onions {scallions} sliced thinly


1 package refrigerated square wanton wrappers

an 8 oz brick of cream cheese

3 jalapeno peppers: seeds and ribs removed, diced up

1/2 cup of your favorite cheese, shredded {we used sharp cheddar}

canola or sunflower oil to use in either a deep fryer or large pot

a shallow bowl of water

course sea salt


1} Fill a deep fryer or a pot with the oil and cook on medium.

2}  Cut the thawed shrimp into little pieces and put in a frying pan with a big fat pad of butter. Add  the garlic, green onions, red pepper flakes, and cook on medium low for no more than 5 minutes

3}   While your shrimp is getting nice and pink toss together your cream cheese {softened in the microwave}, shredded cheese, and your de-seeded jalapenos {don’t touch any part of your body after removing the seeds but immediately scrub wash your hands, or you will rue the day you decided to cook with jalapenos, my friend!} into a bowl.

4}  When the shrimp looks and tastes done fish it out with a slotted spoon and add it to the bowl of spicy gooey cheese, mixing it up good.

5}  Put the wanton wrappers in a single layer on a baking sheet.

6}   Put about one tablespoon-ish of your creamy shrimp mixture into the center of the each wanton square.

7}   Place your shallow bowl of water near the wantons. Wet your fingers in the water and run them around two edges of a wanton. Next, fold the square towards the cream cheese pinching the edges together to make a triangle. If the innards oozed out everywhere you filled it too much! Squeeze gently to get any air bubbles out. Do this to every wanton. You will feel like a pro by the time you get to the last blasted one.

8}   Throw the wantons into your hot bubbling fryer or pot and fry them up until golden brown…5-7-ish minutes?

9}   Take out with a slotted spoon and put on clean platter lined with a remnant piece of brown paper bag or a paper towel. Get an additional paper towel to pat off excess on the top of each wanton.

10} Sprinkle with course sea salt and serve warm to your happy tribe!

wontons 1


wontons 6

To makes this into a meal for six people we thawed two packages of our favorite frozen veggies:

Wegmans cooked winter squashed.

Just plop it into a saucepan with a little bit of water and and some butter and some salt and cook on medium low with a lid on.


As I wrote at the begging of this post my husband made this meal for us all.

It had been a rough, tiring week and so I was sipping our favorite boxed wine: Merlot Bota Box and finishing a book on the couch, instead of listening to music.

{See all my goodreads book reviews in the top right margin of my site}

Go ahead and share your own weekend cooking here in the comments or on my Mangia! Mangia! monday page on facebook.









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