Saturday, December 17, 2011

Spicy Pumpkin Wontons

I was attracted to this recipe because I find that many 'savory' recipes involving pumpkin are way too sweet for me - I don't want my ravioli or lasagna to be sprinkled with amaretti cookies, for example!  These pumpkin wontons go in a different flavor direction with creamy cheese, tarragon, and spicy red pepper flakes.  The end result is just slightly sweet from the pumpkin.

The original recipe calls these ravioli, but I wouldn't really top these with tomato sauce like I would most ravioli.  Something about using the wonton skins just doesn't feel like ravioli to me - but, these are still a really delicious lunch or dinner!  The wontons are boiled and then fried up in a little butter until crispy, which makes for great textural contrast between the creamy filling and crispy exterior.  I ate the wontons with just the butter for sauce and a salad on the side, but you could also add some sauteed veggies in the sauce - leeks or fennel would be delicious.  One word of warning - don't try to freeze these as the wonton skins are too thin - they simply fell apart when I tried to boil a few that I'd frozen and I lost about half the wontons.

Spicy Pumpkin Wontons (adapted from My Bizzy Kitchen, original recipe here)
Makes 20-25 wontons

For the filling:
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 T Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

To finish:
Wonton wrappers

1. Whisk together the filling ingredients and chill for at least 15 minutes.
2. Lay out wonton wrappers and place a small amount of filling in each (the amount will depend on the size of your wrappers - I used about 1-1/2 tsp per wonton).  Brush the edges with water and fold over into a triangle.  Try to seal the edges as tightly as possible and to squeeze out as much air as possible.  Lay out finished wontons in a single layers. At this point you can freeze some of the wontons if you like.
3. Boil a pot of water and salt it.  Boil the wontons in batches, about 2 minutes per batch, being careful not to, overcrowd your pot.  Once the wontons are boiled, lay them out in a single layer, being careful not to overlap them.
4. Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet until bubbling.  Arrange the wontons in a single layer (working in batches), browning until the wontons are as crispy as you like. 


  1. Yum! These look delicious! They'll be going on my dinners to cook this week :)
    J x

  2. What fun and tasty looking wontons!

  3. This is exactly how I like to eat my ravioli! A light butter sauce or just a little oil. I love the use of the wontons and frying them for a touch of crispy. Great idea and great recipe!