Spinach and Artichoke Wontons

Spinach and Artichoke Wontons

A guilty pleasure: Crispy fried spinach and artichoke wonton recipe to feed a crowd

Crispy Spinach and Artichoke Wontons

Anyone who is familiar with this blog knows that I rarely fry foods.  But I originally tried to make these delicious spinach and artichoke wontons in the oven and they just lacked that sense of gluttony. I mean, why eat wontons if not for the sense of having a treat? For me, this particular treat needs to have a crispy texture. So, yes, I fried them! I used my favorite cast iron dutch oven and I fried these babies. And they were so damn good. And my guests loved them. I served them with this amazing artichoke aioli and the pair worked really well together.  I really do not advocate for fried food, but just this once you have to try it.

Crispy Spinach Artichoke Wontons

Spinach and Artichoke Appetizers

Spinach and artichoke has long been paired together and for good reason. Think spinach and artichoke dip for example. These two vegetables go together much like a pair of old well-loved shoes.  At almost any event you attend where appetizers are served you will find at least one dish that contains both of these vegetables.

All About Artichokes

We are all very well aware of the health benefits of spinach. However, a lot of people either are unaware of or underestimate the benefits of artichokes. Artichokes are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, iron, folate and potassium. They are also one of the highest ranked vegetables in terms of their antioxidant value.  Antioxidants help our bodies fight off free radicals. Artichokes contain a substance known as cynarin, which is one of the most powerful natural remedies for high cholesterol. They also contain silymarin, which help to protect the liver. They help improve gut flora and give a boost to the immune system.  All of this nutrition comes with relatively few calories. With one medium artichoke containing only 60 calories, what is not to love?

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Spinach and Artichoke Wonton Recipe
Crispy Spinach Artichoke Wontons
Crispy Spinach Artichoke Wontons
  1. heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and shallots and saute until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute an additional 30 seconds. Transfer the onion mix to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat 1/2 cup of avocado oil, in a cast iron dutch oven, on medium heat.
  4. While the oil is heating, add artichoke hearts, cream cheese and mayo to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  5. Put the artichoke cream cheese mix into a large bowl. Add the onion mix, spinach and cheeses and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper if required.
  6. Working in batches, lay out 6 wonton wrappers at a time. Keep remaining wrapper cover to prevent them drying out. Add a tsp of the spinach artichoke mix to each wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water and fold in half. Pinch the edges together to make them stick.
  7. Add the wontons to the oil and gently fry until crisp and golden. Remove the wontons from the oil and place them on a paper towel to drain.
  8. While the first batch is frying, prepare the next batch and so on until all 24 wontons have been fried.
  9. Serve warm either alone or with you dip of choice. Here I have it with an artichoke aioli.

How to ruin a good thing

Keeping it real; if you have read this post, you now know some of the amazing benefits of eating artichokes. But if you are adding cream cheese and mayonnaise to the mix you are negating many of these very same benefits. For this reason, I recommend saving this recipe for special occasions only. Entertaining is a great way to enjoy these wontons as you share them with other. But do not make these if you are home alone because once you start eating them, it is really hard to stop.

Quote of the Dish: Seriously, if someone don’t like this appetizer, you gotta grab they scruffy ass by the back of their neck and throw them out on the lawn. I can’t help people like that. Coolio



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