Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Avocado Bacon Wontons

This is a sponsored post by Challenge butter, but the text and opinions are all mine. Thank you for supporting brands that make Kylee's Kitchen possible!

If you’ve been walking around planet Earth the past few years, you probably know that avocados are essentially the mascot of millennials. When is the last time you’ve been to a brunch spot and not seen a young person dining on avocado toast?

Fortunately, avocados are incredibly nutritious. Avocado is primarily fat, but it’s healthy fat that reduces inflammation and prevents the negative effects of aging.

My goal this week was to create a recipe that wasn’t a “health food,” but it also wouldn’t ruin your diet. Say hello to my newest creation: Avocado Bacon Wontons.

Some of you may be fans of The Cheesecake Factory’s avocado egg roll appetizers. That was the inspiration behind my ideas for these wontons. Except I knew I wanted to bake (not fry them), add cream cheese like a crab rangoon, and also include bacon because the saltiness is a good compliment to the avocado.

The most fun part of making these wontons is folding the wonton wrapper. The most basic shape is to fold the wrapper into a triangle. But my favorite shape is make a “flower bud.” I think it looks nice and it’s easier to pop the whole thing in your mouth. To do that, you for a triangle after sticking a teaspoon of filling in the center. Then roll the base (hypotenuse) of the triangle up halfway and bring the 2 sides together so they overlap. Squeeze them together so it sticks.

The trick to baking them so they become crispy like a fried wonton is to put a cooling rack over a baking sheet, spray the wontons with avocado oil (high burn point), and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Then take the baking sheet out of the oven, turn the broiler on high, and stick the baking sheet back in for no longer than a minute.

I just so happened to choose a recipe this week that focused on my hands, so I could show off the very special addition to my left ring finger. I am very excited to announce that William proposed to me last week at my favorite place, Mackinac Island. And with that, he has officially sealed the deal as my official taste-tester! It’s a position that lasts ’til death do us part!

Avocado Bacon Wontons
Yield: About 40 wontons
  • 2 large avocados, skin and pit removed
  • 8 ounces Challenge cream cheese
  • 5 pieces of bacon, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno, diced with seeds removed
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
  • Salt to taste or about 1 teaspoon
  • 40 wonton wrappers
  • Avocado oil spray (or another oil spray)
  • Sweet chili or teriyaki sauce for dipping
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine avocados, cream cheese, bacon, cup red onion, cheddar cheese, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt in large bowl
  3. Take 1 wonton wrapper and position it like a diamond with one point facing you. Dampen edges with water using pastry brush.
  4. Put 1 teaspoon (no more!) of avocado filling in center, and fold the wonton wrapper so it’s a triangle. Pinch the edges to seal, making sure to squeeze out any excess air in the process.
  5. Fold hypotenuse of wonton triangle up halfway and bring the two edges on either side together. Pinch to close. It may take some practice, but it should look like a flower bud.
  6. Position baking rack on top of foil-lined baking sheet, and place wontons on rack. Spray generously with avocado oil spray.
  7. Place in oven and bake for about 9 to 10 minutes, or until they start to turn golden brown. Turn on broiler and bake for an additional minute.
  8. Remove from oven and serve with sweet chili sauce, teriyaki sauce, or your favorite sauce. They’re best right when they come out of the oven. If you plan to reheat, do so in oven to ensure they retain crispiness.


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