Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Crab Rangoon

Yesterday was a pretty busy evening. Two out of five of us had dentist appointments. Early in the day I decided to just make Hot & Sour Soup for dinner. With dentist appointments and kids homework I wanted to be done by 8pm... House & 24 are on Monday nights and that's must see TV for me... so this wicked fast and easy soup would be perfect.

Somehow later in the day, I started thinking about Crag Rangoon. I bought some wonton wrappers that were on sale because they were approaching their expiration date. That date was yesterday. Sure, I could have thrown them into the freezer, but Crab Rangoon kept creeping into my mind. Plus... it would go with the Hot & Sour Soup.

So then I was wondering... best case scenario, if I can be home by 6pm, can I be done by 8pm??

YES!! (JUST by 8pm!)

I've never made Crab Rangoon before and had been looking at recipes online. What I ended up with was adapted from this recipe at RecipeZaar.

Crab Rangoon
1 8oz block cream cheese, room temperature
1 heaping TBLS sour cream
1 7oz package imitation crab
2 green onions, sliced thin, just the green part
1 large clove garlic, grated
1 1/2 in gingerroot, grated
1 TBLS soy sauce
1 package wonton wrappers
oil for frying

Mix all ingredients together, except wonton wrappers & oil.
For the standard Crab Rangoon shape, put about a teaspoon of filling into the center of a wonton wrapper and fold it into a triangle shape. With a moistened finger tip, seal the wrapper completely around the filling. Be sure there is no air left inside, or they will puff up when you fry them. Then pull the bottom corners to the front and seal them together.
Heat oil to 350F. Fry until golden and drain on rack.

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I chopped the imitation crab.
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You could use real crab if you want. But I think I like imitation better for this.

Mix together all of the filling ingredients.

Cream cheese, sour cream & crab
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Green onions
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Garlic
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Ginger
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Soy sauce
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All mixed up.
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The filling was GREAT!! Jon said he'd like to have it on bagel.

Now for the wrapping.

I had a hard time with this.

First off, my wonton wrappers were the small size... but they weren't square, so that made nice neat triangles difficult.
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That was a huge pain... so I decided to just make them big regtangles.
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These seemed to be working out ok.... but I couldn't tell how well they were sealing.

So I decided to try wrapping some up lumpia style.
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(still a little funky since they aren't square!)
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That little flap gets sealed shut...
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I decided to fry up what I had made so far, to determine which shape seemed to work out the best. (I had mostly rectangles made)

Heat the oil to 350F
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***Notice you can actually see inside one of my pots?? That's because my awesome husband Jon installed LEDs over the stove for me!!! Yay!!!!

Ok... so into the hot oil with some test rangoons... the one at the bottom right is the first shape I tried. I think I only made two of those.
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The first shape worked out ok, but was a pain to make due to not being square.

About half of the rectangles puffed up. That was mostly ok... but then the filling just kinda rolled around in the pillow puff.

Lumpia style held it's shape and was easy to do.
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So the rest of the Crab Rangoons were kickin' it lumpia-style!
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Dipping Sauce!!

I wanted something sweet & spicy.

So that's some La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce.
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Some sriracha sauce.
(Sambal olek would have been great too, but I'm out of it)
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And some soy sauce.
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Yeah, I should have mixed it in a separate bowl... but I was running out of time!
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Woohooo!!! Crab Rangoon!! Just in time for House!
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33 comments:

Maria said...

Love all of the photos of the process! Looks really tasty!

Michele said...

I don't eat seafood (well...just sushi) but these look great. Perfect!!!! Well done!

Karen said...

I never knew what crab rangoon was till now. They look really good. Do Jon or the girls help you with your pictures or do you stop along the way to take them? My camera has flour and stuff all over it.LOL. Karen

Spryte said...

Thanks Maria & Michele!

Karen... I take the majority of the pictures myself and I was just scraping flour off my camera today!

tamilyn said...

Could you make these with chicken do you think? I don't like seafood either.

Spryte said...

I wouldn't do it with plain chicken... but some kind of cooked Asian seasoned chicken would be good.

Peter M said...

Thanks for the play-by-play...good idea for an appetizer. Those wonton wrappers are a time saver.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look so good, your sweet and sour soup sounds yummy too!

Culinary Alchemist said...

YUM!!! I have not had Rangoons in SO long... My stomach just growled..

Joelen said...

Looks delicious and one of my fave snacks!

girlichef said...

Oh yum, yum, yum! I haven't had Crab Rangoon in so long and I love them...thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try it :)

noble pig said...

I love crab rangoon. I always make mine with a pineapple sauce..it's awesome.

Bob said...

I've never actually tried crab rangoon... I really should. Love the new lights! :)

Donna-FFW said...

As always, enjoyed your step by steps. This looks great, Spryte. Ive never had this dish, looks worth all the work!

Natashya said...

Looks really yummy! And I love House too.

DDpie said...

Ok, I'm running, not walking, to the store to pick up wonton wrappers! Thanks for the recipe and steps!

Carol said...

Oh yum!! What a great job!!

Debbie said...

That looks absolutely delicious! The step by step pics are great!

Tangled Noodle said...

Lovin' the lumpia style! Crab and cream cheese is one of the greatest combos ever created. Drool.

Reeni♥ said...

I love me some crab rangoons! Homemade is the best, your filling looks so tasty, and I love the sauce!

Mo Diva said...

i LOVE crab rangoon!

Deborah said...

I don't think I've ever had crab rangoon, but I do have some crab in the freezer!!

Jude said...

I always go straight for this in the buffet line :) You're right.. I don't mind imitation crab for this at all.

Cheesewench said...

I love crab rangoons! I agree though, imitation crab is the best way to go. Your step by step is great!

Monique "Nenita" said...

Oh my God! These look so good! Samples?

Anonymous said...

Spryte, I love crab rangoon! Your recipe and steps look great. I just may have to make me some soon, crab meat was on sale this week at the butcher shop.
Patti(t) from BakeSpace

The American Homemaker said...

Mmmmm... I love using wonton wrappers and cream cheese with all sorts of fillings.... so yummy!

Kevin said...

Those fried crab pockets look great!

Priscilla said...

I adore Cra Rangoon...yum. It looks amazing!

melissa said...

Way to go! I've never tried these, or any kind of fried wontons. I must.

Glad you got the LEDs - also, a godsend for me? Google Picasa. It's free. And anytime you upload any photos to your hard drive, they automatically store in there for editing... and adding fill light and sharpening are SO easy.

Spryte said...

Thanks so much for all the kind words!!!

steve said...

I think im in love with ur cooking

Spryte said...

@steve... YAY!