High Heels & Grills: Cream Cheese Rangoons

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cream Cheese Rangoons

Welcome to another Man Monday.

Confession time: You know that Chinese restaurant that's in every single American mall and airport? Yeah, that one. Well, they make AWESOME cream cheese rangoons, and I might actually slap a puppy if it meant I could have one (that's the confession part). Here's the problem. They only give you three of them per order!! THREE! It's over before you even realize what you ate. Although delicious, it's the fastest $3.25 you will ever spend/throw away.

So, ol' practical me decided that I'd HAD ENOUGH! Why not make them myself, save a gazillion buckaroos, and eat as many as I want? Now, this is not necessarily a "copy-cat" recipe. I honestly have no idea what they do to their rangoons, and I don't really care, because these are better. No joke.


This recipe makes about 30 rangoons, and will cost you about $5 (minus excess). Thirty rangoons at the panda store would cost you $32.50!! Boo yah. Just blew your mind.

Ingredients
  • 3 inches of vegetable oil in a pot/pan/deep fryer (Sarah said she'd never deep fry stuff on this blog ... I didn't *evil laugh*)
  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1 spear green onion, chopped/diced
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 package wonton wraps (I bought the 12 oz. and only used half-ish for this recipe)
  • 1 egg, beaten to a foamy mess
  • dipping sauce of your choice
Directions
  1. Begin heating your oil on medium-high heat. Please be careful. I love you guys... and your vulnerable eyeballs.
  2. Warm up your cream cheese block in the microwizzle for about 10 seconds. Mix in the chopped onions and minced garlic, mix well.
  3. Place about 1 tsp of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each wonton wrap. Assemble about 4 or 5 at a time to prevent the wraps from drying out. Using your egg, wet the edges of the wraps. Fold them however you like, but I like to make them look panda-ish and fold the flat edges together (pull the centers of all four flat sides to the middle and give a good pinch)
  4. You may want to test the temp of the oil by placing a piece of a wonton wrap in the pot. If it burns too quickly (dark brown after 20 seconds) it's too hot. Yet, if it doesn't brown after 1 minute it's not hot enough.
  5. Place about 4 wontons at a time in the pot. Let them cook until the edges are brown (only takes about a minute). Remove and place on a paper towel to drain/cool a bit before you ravenously devour. DANGER: the cream cheese will be nuclear hot! Two days later my tongue still hates me...
I hope you guys enjoy this appetizer. It seriously might be the favorite appetizer I've ever made! Oh, and wish Sarah and I luck... as you read this, we will be in vacation town. We will have all sorts of fun things to tell you when we return!

-Zach

Linking up here.

25 comments:

  1. Don't know the ones you're referring too, but these definitely look and sound yummy! =)

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  2. That is how I make mine too, love them & your right way cheaper home made! Yours look much prettier then mine turn out :)

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    1. Why thank you Angie! I'm surprised that they turned out the way they did to be honest. The cream cheese rangoon gods were smiling upon me that day. ;)

      -Zach

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  3. Yummy!!! I love rangoons they are amazing one of my favorite parts of chinese food.

    Kristen
    www.chickyscafe.com

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  4. Isn't there usually fake crab in them? I think I might like it sans-crab actually...

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    1. I'd absolutely want to add a little bit of shredded crab - omg, drooling. :)

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  5. These look SOOO delicious! I will definitely be making them soon :) I'll let you know how they tun out! Have fun on your vacation!

    -Erica
    sweet-endeavors.blogspot.com

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  6. I love rangoons... Can't wait to give these a try they look amazing and simple to make. Thank you for sharing them.

    Kristen
    www.chickyscafe.com

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  7. Ragoons are a guilty pleasure of mine and these look delish! I never tried deep frying before but this sounds easy enough. I'd love to give this a try, maybe even add a lil' crab meat, yum!

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  8. Oh, I love these so much too!! And no, they never give you enough... well, unless you go to the Chinese Buffet! Then you can have as many as you want, lol! ;)

    Definitely pinning this one- going to make them the next time I make Chinese at home.

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  9. How fun! I love delicious appetizers... please come and share them at my link party today! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com Pinned!! xoxo~ Ruthie

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  10. I totally agree! Three?! That has to be the stingiest number ever {well, besides 1 and 2}. Homemade is always better, so next time I am craving one of theirs, I'll make a batch of yours instead!

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  11. These look delicious! I've added cream cheese and wonton wrappers to our shopping list.

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  12. Hello! This pretty inspiration will be featured at Smart School House for Whimsy Wednesday! The new party and your feature will go live later today. See you soon!

    Kelly from Smart School House
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  13. I added some imitation crab to the mix and YES they are YUMMY!!! Thanks for posting :)

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  14. I made these the other night and just blogged about them today! I linked back to you of course!! Thank you so much for posting this delicious recipe. I will never order takeout rangoons again!

    http://houseofburke.blogspot.com/2013/03/tasty-tuesday-cream-cheese-rangoons.html

    Thanks again!! Yumm!

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    1. Thanks for the feature Blayne! I'm glad to be a never-order-takeout-again-inspiration. :) Oh, and I may just feature your fried rice at some point. It looks great!

      -Zach

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  15. hi sounds good im gonna try the rangoons but can we use canola oil or any other??? thanks

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  16. I add canned lump crabmeat to mine and bake them instead. They are so good, inexpensive, and only take about 15-20 minutes from start to finish! Just put wonton wrappers in muffin tins, add some crab/cream cheese mixture, fold wrapper over, and pop 'em in the oven!!! Simple and delicious!I like to dip mine in a quick sweet and sour sauce that can be thrown together while the wonton bake.

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  17. I add canned lump crabmeat to mine and bake them instead. They are so good, inexpensive, and only take about 15-20 minutes from start to finish! Just put wonton wrappers in muffin tins, add some crab/cream cheese mixture, fold wrapper over, and pop 'em in the oven!!! Simple and delicious!I like to dip mine in a quick sweet and sour sauce that can be thrown together while the wonton bake.

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  18. I need to make these, I always buy them! Pinned for later & thanks for sharing!

    ~ Jenn @ We Do FUN Here

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  19. These look good! I pinned them! Came over from the Daily Blog Boost.

    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt

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  20. These were yummy! I made them as is and added a little sriracha and diced hearts of palm to some. Both ways very yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

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