While this food is not a traditional fair food it is inspired by our one and only Lee-Ann Chins. A Minnesota company that has had a booth at the Minnesota State Fair in the Food building. Plus, these cream cheese wontons are a staple for me. I LOVE them! I know throughout the United States you can find different variations in the filling of a wonton but for me it’s all about simplicity. You don’t need a ton of stuff in there, just cream cheese.
While these are a simple dish to make at home there are a few tips and tricks you’ll want to use. First, use a high-quality oil for frying them. I used peanut oil to deep fry these and it made a huge difference. Very light, non-greasy wontons. It didn’t alter the flavor either.
Depending on where you live, it may be a slight challenge to find wonton wrappers. You can usually find them at grocery stores in either the deli or produce section. I found mine at Hy-Vee in the produce section.
Another tip, let the cream cheese warm up a little. It’s easier to work with.
So to make these Cream Cheese Wontons you will need the following –
Peanut Oil or other high-quality frying oil
Pour your peanut oil into the deep fryer and set it to 350. It’ll take a little bit for this to heat up.
Next, lay your wonton wrapper out.
Place a dollop of cream cheese in the center.
With your finger, dip it in water and run it along the edge of the wonton wrapper.
Fold the wonton wrapper closed like a triangle.
Run a little water along the bottom of the triangle.
Fold the edge in.
You really want to make sure the wonton wrapper sealed. If it doesn’t seal, your cream cheese filling will leak into the oil.
Once the oil is heated, place a few in the hot oil. Let it cook for about a minute on each side until they are golden brown.
Remove from hot oil and place on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Repeat, until all your wontons have been fried. j
You can season the filling, add crab meat, really the possibilities are endless. I just wanted a classic cream cheese wonton without anything else and these were perfect!
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see what Minnesota State Fair inspired food we are making. Also, be sure to check out our other state fair recipes.