Thursday, February 12, 2015

Buffalo Chicken Wontons with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

I have to tell you a little something about myself. I love finger foods. Tapas, appetizers, party foods, nibbles, canapes, dim sum. Whatever you want to call it.  This is  my kind of food. I just love to have lots of different little bites of food rather than one big bowl of anything. Variety is the spice of life, or so they say.  Buffalo Chicken Wontons are a nice little spin on the traditional pork won tons, which also happen to be one of my all-time favorite foods.  I mean, you really can't go wrong with Buffalo Chicken anything. I just love that combination of spicy hot buffalo wing sauce with cool blue cheese dip. That is a match made in heaven, if you ask me.

Buffalo Chicken Wontons with Blue Cheese Dip

Blue Cheese Dip:

1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup mayo
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in food processor. Process for a few seconds, until blended but still chunky. Cover and let chill ( Dip is best if it is refrigerated for a few hours before serving).

Buffalo Chicken Wontons:

1 Tbsp. butter
12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pkg. wonton wrappers
1 egg, lightly beaten with a a splash of water
vegetable oil for frying

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add butter to pan. Coarsely chop chicken. Season lightly with s&p. Saute chicken until completely cooked. Let cool. In a food processor blend cooked chicken, green onions and buffalo wing sauce, until finely chopped. Remove from food processor and stir in mozzarella cheese. In a small bowl whisk an egg with a splash of water.  On a clean counter lay out a few wonton wrappers. Dip a small pastry brush ( or use your fingers) in egg wash and brush around the edges of each won ton wrapper. Scoop one rounded tsp. of filling in the middle of each wrapper. Fold over in half, pressing the air out. Crimp shut. The wontons should be in the shape of a triangle. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to coat the bottom of skillet. When oil is hot, pan fry wontons until golden brown on each side. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Serve with blue cheese dip.

Note: A good trick to knowing when oil is hot enough for frying - Stick the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil. If it is the right temperature, small bubbles will form around the wooden handle.

Tags: Appetizers, Party, Spicy, Buffalo Chicken, Blue Cheese