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Healthful, vitamin-packed wontons spice up winter nights
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We can't imagine a more comforting dish in the dead of winter than a warm dough pocket stuffed with a savory filling. Case in point: our Test Kitchen's light wontons, containing protein-packed shrimp, iron-rich spinach and fresh ginger. Dunking the wontons into a spicy sauce laced with chile oil and scallion heats up both the palate and the belly, making this healthful appetizer a source of cold-weather contentment.

Spinach-and-Shrimp Wontons with Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 6 servings (36 wontons)

Cook Time: 12 minutes


Dipping Sauce

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon chile oil

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

⅛ teaspoon granulated sugar

1 large scallion, thinly sliced crosswise


1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled (use the edge of a teaspoon to scrape off the skin) and grated

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

½ pound 16- or 20-count shrimp--shelled, deveined and coarsely chopped

1 cup finely chopped spinach

2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro

36 wonton wrappers


1. Make the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chile oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar and sugar. Stir in the scallion.

2. Make the wontons: In a medium bowl, add the sesame oil, rice vinegar and cornstarch and stir to combine. Stir in the ginger, salt, chopped shrimp, spinach and cilantro. Place 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center of each wonton wrapper. Use a pastry brush or your finger to brush 2 adjacent edges of the wonton wrapper with water, then fold the wonton over to form a triangle. Press the edges to seal. Use a round cutter or a sharp knife to cut off the excess wrapper and create half-circles. (Alternately, you can keep the wontons as triangles).

3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add half of the wontons. Cook until the wontons float and are transparent, about 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the wontons to a paper-towel-lined plate. Repeat with the remaining wontons. Serve the wontons warm with the dipping sauce. Calories per Serving: 200; Sodium: 840mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30g; Fiber: 1g; Fat: 3.5g

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