Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mincing About

Spicy Lamb Burgers
Mince is such a diverse product that I inadvertently prepared a menu with mince in the entree and mince in the main! Given that kids were joining us for dinner, it wasn't too much of a culinary error and both meat dishes were a great hit. We started off with some pork and prawn wontons. They're so crunchy and tasty that all 40 disappeared quickly! It's been one of my favourites of the last few months (since we got our deep fryer) and they've featured already in one of my blog posts earlier this year (Long Necks & Rib Eyes)! They've been so successfully received, I've posted the recipe below.

We followed those with Spicy Lamb Burgers for the main course. This recipe makes such moist, juicy burgers. They have a slight spice that gives them great flavour but doesn't turn the kids off! We didn't serve them with this time with the tomato yoghurt relish, but instead slices of tomato, cheese (melted in the grill) and guacamole.

The two different cooking styles disguise the fact that it's really pretty much the same base, and they're just a couple of examples of the variety of mince recipes!

Pork and Prawn Wontons

It is such a quick mixture to make that if you are patient, and get on a roll with the wonton preparing, they can be put together without too much bother.

Deep fried pork and prawn wontons
250g green prawns chopped
250g pork mince
1/2 small can of water chestnuts
2 spring onions chopped
2 tbsps chopped chives
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt

1 pack 40 square wonton wrappers

Raw wontons

  • Mix together all the filling mixture in a large bowl;
  • Dust a surface with corn flour, and prepare a tray covered in corn flour; 
  • Fill a small plate with warm water (this is to help seal the wrappers);
  • Lay out some of the wonton wrappers on the dusted surface;  
  • Place a small spoonful of mixture in the centre of the wonton wrapper;
  • Dip your finger in the prepared water, and run it around the edges of the wrapper;
  • Fold the wrapper over to make triangle;
  • Pinch the two long ends of the triangle together so they look similar to those in the picture;
  • Drop the wontons in the deep frier for around 5 mins till golden brown;
  • Serve with Sweet Chilli Sauce


Japan-Australia said...

The Pork and Prawn Wontons look really good. I'd love to give those a try :)

Japan Australia

Musings Of Taste said...

Hey Michelle, the wontons do look tasty, vive le deep fryer! I think we'll have to team up for some kitchen fun very soon :)

Mary Bergfeld said...

This sounds like a wonderful meal. I know I would have loved to be at the table to enjoy it. This is my first visit to your site and I've taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really love the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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