Years ago when I was much more concerned with calories than quality I was obsessed with a website called Hungry Girl. If you've been on Weight Watchers in the past decade you've probably heard of it. Zero calorie tofu noodles + laughing cow cheese = Fettuccini Alfredo. No thanks! Since ditching processed food I can't get over how bad some of it tastes to me now. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are adjusting to eating less, but please. Eat real food. I bring it up because of a recipe called 'B.L.T Wonton Cups' that while I wouldn't eat them now, opened my eyes to some of the versatility of wonton wrappers. today I used them to make samosas in two ways.
Samosas are an Indian food with a potato base that contain peas and spices. They usually are wrapped in a flaky or pastry dough and are easily transportable.
Once the potato filling was made I used the wonton wrappers to make both triangular pockets more akin to traditional samosas as well as wonton cups a'la the original inspiration for using wontons.
- 2 russet potatoes boiled till soft
- 1/2 cup peas
- 3/4 tsp cumin
- 3/4 tsp garam masala
- 3/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 Tbs fresh grated ginger
- 1-2 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt to taste
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes while bring a pot of water to a boil. Toss in potatoes once water is at a full boil and boil about 10 minutes until potatoes are soft.
Step 2: Put potatoes and peas into a bowl and mash with seasoning
Step 3: Pack wontons with with filling. One way I did this was in a muffin tin with the wontons lining the tin like a muffin wrapper. Another way I did this was folding the wontons in triangles with the samosa stuffing inside. You'll need to wet the edges of the wontons with water so they stick together.
Step 4: Spray wontons with a touch of olive oil spray. I did this to try and enhance their crips factor. but you you really don't much.
Step 5: Put samosas of both varieties in oven for about 15 minutes flipping halfway though. Since the inside is cooked you only need to make sure that they are browned to your liking.
These would be great with a creaming dipping sauce, or if you're weird like me some ketchup.
Nutrition facts: Makes 30 samosas; serving size 2 samosas: Calories 73; Fat 0 g (minimal from spray oil); Fiber 0.9 g; Protein 2.6 g; Carbohydrates 16.5 g
I ended up adding a lot of salt to these because I love salt. Both styles turned out lovely and you can experiment with any shape you want!
Above traditional samosa shape; below wonton cup take
These guys really satisfy my need for comfort food on this rainy day. And the re-introduction of wonton wrappers while not my go to, will add some fun variety into a few future recipes.