Using Leftovers – Random Wontons

I am a very frugal person, and I’m always trying to keep from wasting things.  I try to incorporate leftovers into new meals to save some cash in this crummy economy.  This is not as light and healthy as most of my meals, but I’m posting it anyway because of Bobby’s reviews:

 

  • “This is the best thing you have ever made.”
  • “You HAVE to post this.”
  • “Wow.  WOW.  This is SO good.”

 

He also insisted on making them for our friend who came over last night, because he wanted to share the wonton love.  I’ve never seen him so excited to eat leftovers.  I apologize for the lack of precise measurements, but I wasn’t planning on posting this so I was just throwing stuff in a bowl.  I’m sure it will taste good no matter what amount of ingredients you use though.

Leftover Random Wontons

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Ingredients

 

  • wonton wrappers (maybe 20-30 depending on how many leftovers you have)
  • 3 small potatoes, boiled and mashed – about a cup or so?
  • ~1/4 cup of non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan (other cheese would probably be good too, just grate it finely)
  • lots of oregano, chili powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 servings veggie ground (needed to use it up)
  • 1.5 cups leftover couscous (or however much you have: 1-2 cups is fine)
  • a few tablespoons toasted sesame oil, for frying
  • ~1/2 cup leftover spaghetti sauce (had a little bit left from when I made pizza and needed to use it up soon)

 

Directions

 

  1. Cook and mash the potatoes (using a fork is fine).  Add the milk  and mash until creamy (add more milk if necessary).  Add the parmesan, oregano, chili powder, salt, and pepper.  Mix again.  Set aside.
  2. Heat a few teaspoons of sesame oil over high heat in a saute pan.  Add the veggie ground and saute for 1-2 minutes (to make it crispy and give it some extra flavor).  Set aside.
  3. Mix together the potatoes, veggie ground, and couscous.
  4. Spoon heaping teaspoons of the mix onto the wonton wrappers.  Fold as you like and seal with your fingers, using warm water.
  5. 26-raw-wontons

  6. To cook – heat 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil over medium-high heat in a saute pan.  Add the wontons.  Flip them over after a minute or so and cover.  Cook for another 2-3 minutes (so that they heat through), then add the sauce and stir for 30 seconds.  Remove from heat and serve.

 

Bobby had his with rice (basmati, our new favorite) and I just had a bunch of bites plain.  This was something that I might not normally eat, but Bobby convinced me because he just kept raving about it – I’m SO glad I tried it!  The sesame oil (I got the toasted kind recently and it’s fabulous) really added a wonderful flavor when I fried them.

I’m watching Titanic on TBS right now – it reminds me of being in middle school and it’s definitely a favorite.  It’s so long though!  I can’t decide if I want to watch the whole thing or go out and run some errands.  Are there any movies that remind you of a specific moment in your life?  For me, Titanic reminds me of a particular sleepover in 8th grade.  Random!  (Like the wontons.)

11 Comments on Using Leftovers – Random Wontons

  1. Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    28 February, 2009 at 2:26 pm (6 years ago)

    basmati rice is really good!!! great job on the creative wontons…they look delicious!

  2. Shelby
    28 February, 2009 at 2:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Titanic! That is my favorite movie of all time and I too watched today while painting my nails =)

    It doesn’t really remind me of anything because I’ve watched it so many times throughout the years but I always remember watching it with my cousin late at night when she would sleep over. We would make finger-sandwiches and drink tea. Ahh good times.

  3. Jenni
    28 February, 2009 at 2:35 pm (6 years ago)

    can you believe that i somehow escaped the 90s without ever seeing Titanic? my mom thought it was too inappropriate for a fourth-grader, even though some of my fellow classmates had seen it more than 5 times in theaters, haha

    those wontons look great, and i can see why bobby thinks they’re delicious! thanks for the recipe!

  4. VeggieGirl
    28 February, 2009 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

    Great use of leftovers!!

    Your comparison of ‘Titanic’ to the wontons (with the randomness) made me laugh out loud, haha :-D

  5. Biz
    28 February, 2009 at 5:15 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great idea to use leftovers in wontons!! Good job!

  6. Clean Veggie
    28 February, 2009 at 6:44 pm (6 years ago)

    that recipe does sound really really good! haha

    oh i LOVE titanic!! have a great relaxing evening!

  7. coco
    28 February, 2009 at 7:19 pm (6 years ago)

    that’s really the most creative won-ton! hahah… you know, wonton is a traditional chinese meal so I have an exact idea of how they should be. But these look delicious!~~

    movie? I just saw Revolutionary Road this afternoon. It was sad though.

  8. Olga
    28 February, 2009 at 7:29 pm (6 years ago)

    hahaha I saw Titanic on TBS today too =)

    Terminator 2 reminds me of my childhood in Ukraine. I saw the movie with my brother (with Russian subtitles) and LOVED it. It’s still on my top 10 movie list of all times.

  9. Sharon
    28 February, 2009 at 7:48 pm (6 years ago)

    So glad you posted, because oh my gosh, yum!!

  10. gliding calm
    28 February, 2009 at 7:53 pm (6 years ago)

    those look so yummmmmmmmy! oh my goodness!

    happy sunday !!! :)

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