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Asparagus-Cream Cheese Wonton Fries Recipe

Asparagus-cream cheese wonton fries recipe

So I know this isn’t the healthiest asparagus recipe you’ll ever come across. But it’s one I think you’re gonna love.

Just the other day, I tried a dish similar to this one at Tiger Sushi at Mall of America. It was fabulous. The kind of dish that makes me want to run home and immediately try recreating it myself. Which is what I did, just hours later.

Thankfully the ingredient list was pretty short, keeping the cost down and the process simple.

The Cost

Now that asparagus is in season, this appetizer recipe is super affordable. A large package of egg roll/wonton wrappers costs about $3, and now I have enough left over to make homemade egg rolls or some other dish. All in all, eight of these asparagus fries cost about $3.25. A pretty cheap appetizer, if I do say so myself.

Asparagus cream cheese wonton fries

People have a tendency to freak out a little bit when cooking with wonton wrappers. But take my word, it’s extremely easy. If you can work with a tortilla shell, you should have no problem working with a wonton wrapper. To make the wonton wrapper stick to itself, just seal the edge with a bit of water. Done!

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Asparagus-Cream Cheese Wonton Fries

Yield: 8 asparagus fries

Cook Time: 5 min

Total Time: 20 min

Cutting the egg roll/wonton wrappers in the right size: For each asparagus fry, you will need to use one large wonton wrapper to get the right shape (the large wonton sheet may be called an egg roll wrapper in the grocery store). However, using an entire sheet of wonton wrapper will yield too thick of a fry, and the inside layers won't cook. To ensure a crispy fry, I cut the wonton wrapper down to about 3/5 of its original size. To do so, simply lay the wonton wrapper in front of you in a diamond shape. Cut the right 2/5 of the wrapper off and discard. Then spread the cream cheese mixture down the right side of the wrapper, lay the asparagus spear on top, and start folding to the left. Seal the edge with a bit of water.

Ingredients:

8 large asparagus spears
8 large wonton wrappers
8 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Oil, for frying

Directions:

Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Place asparagus spears into water and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from boiling water and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside. (Alternatively, you could microwave the asparagus spears for about 20 seconds to soften slightly).
Mix cream cheese and garlic powder together. Assemble each asparagus fry as noted above. Heat 3 or 4 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. The oil is hot enough when you dip the edge of a wonton wrapper in it and it sizzles. Fry 3 or 4 asparagus fries at a time. Once one side is brown, rotate and cook another side. Proceed until the whole asparagus fry is lightly golden brown.
Place asparagus fries on a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve with sweet chili sauce, wasabi mayonnaise, or your favorite dipping sauce.

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14 Responses to “Asparagus-Cream Cheese Wonton Fries Recipe”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 11, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    I love cooking with wonton wrappers! And these “fries” are son fun. Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Haley replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

      I know – there are so many things you can do with a wonton wrapper!

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    Melissa Klotz — June 11, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    What a great idea!!

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    Vikki — June 12, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

    love this, always looking for a new way to eat asparagus, and having it wrapped in a crispy wrapper is right up my alley

    • Haley replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 6:03 pm

      Nothing beats fried vegetables :)

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    liz | carpe season — June 13, 2013 @ 2:58 am

    You totally had me at the title of this recipe. I saw it in igoogle page and squealed a little inwardly. Sounds so delicious and easy! Love it!
    Quick question: what do you mean by “large” wonton wrappers? The ones I have used from my grocery store are about 2×3 inches. Does this sound similar to the size you use?
    Also…you can freeze unused wonton wrappers (tightly wrapped in plastic of course). They do great in the freezer!

    • Haley replied: — June 13th, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

      Hey Liz! I’m so glad you asked this question, because my instructions/description of the wrappers is probably confusing. What I really meant to say was use an egg roll wrapper, which I always find right by the wonton wrappers in the grocery store. They’re probably 6 x 6 or so. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, but just in case, I found a link to this product: http://www.nasoya.com/products/asian-style-egg-rolls.html

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    Thomas Bonjour Morton — June 27, 2013 @ 3:21 am

    These look delicious!! I want to give this a try!

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    vanessa — July 8, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

    Hello

    This recipe sounds great and I can’t wait to try it.
    In your comments you provide a link to egg roll wrappers that are likely 6×6, but in your description you don’t indicate what size wrapper you’re using, so I’m unsure as to how big 3/5 is. Are the wrappers you’re using 6×6?

    thanks!

    • Haley replied: — July 9th, 2013 @ 3:11 am

      You’ll need to use a 6×6 egg roll wrapper for this recipe. However, you will need to cut it down a bit (down to three-fifths of the original size). That way, there is a good wrapper to asparagus ratio. If you use a whole egg roll wrapper without cutting it down, the inside portion of the wrapper won’t cook properly, so you would have a crisp outer crust and a chewy inner crust. Hope that helps!

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    Jess — July 12, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    Wondering if anyone tried these baked? I’ve baked egg rolls (just sprayed with cooking spray so they get golden) and was thinking this might work…. I’m unfarmliar with cooking asparagus… Should I cook it longer before rolling it in the wonton if I’m going to bake it ?? Thank you so much!!!

    • Haley replied: — July 13th, 2013 @ 4:02 am

      Hey Jess! I bet these would be great baked. I don’t think it would be necessary to cook the asparagus longer. I like my asparagus with a bit of crunch anyway. Hope this helps!

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    Heather — September 15, 2013 @ 11:51 pm

    I was wondering if you serve them hot or cold or can you do either?

    • Haley replied: — September 22nd, 2013 @ 5:08 am

      Definitely hot. They get a little soggy if you let them sit out too long.

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