The Sausage Won Ton

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One of the foods we enjoy eating as a family is Asian fare. We love the different tastes and textures of protein and vegetables. In this recipe, I use a breakfast sausage, mixed with a shredded cabbage combination, to give that comfort food deliciousness that so many folks around the world experience when they sit down to eat Asian food. These will yield a little over 2 dozen won tons. Here we go…..

Step 1
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Saute and brown 1 pound pork (or turkey) breakfast sausage in non stick pan, until cooked all the way. Drain on paper towel lined plate. Put on the side.

Step 2

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Sauté 2 pounds coleslaw mix ( mix of shredded green cabbage,  purple cabbage, and carrots, with 4 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 teaspoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, a couple of squirts of chili sauce (if you don’t want it spicy, please do not use this step), 1 teaspoon black pepper (same thing,  if you don’t want it spicy,  please don’t use, or use less). Sauté until decreased in size, about 10 minutes on medium high, in a non stick pan. Transfer to a large bowl, big enough to fit the sausage into.

Step 3

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Mix cooked pork and cabbage together and use kitchen shears to cut it up into very small pieces.

Step 4
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Make your won tons by using a 12 ounce pack of won tons and the filling. Prepare yourself a little bowl with water and place 1 heaping teaspoon of filling in the middle of each won ton. Next, dip your finger in the water and go around the whole won ton that does not have filling. What this does is it acts like a glue. Now it is time to fold it over, letting the 2 corners meet up, kind of like a bed sheet. It will look like a triangle when you are finished this step. Pinch the whole outside of the triangle together. You can either leave it like this, or move on to the step, which is going around the little won ton and kind of twisting it to make it “fancy” looking. Please don’t worry about being perfect. Just do your best. Another easy way that I have pictured above is to make your raviolis by using the same amount of filling, watering around the won ton, watering around a second won ton with no filling, and placing it on top, pressing it down to “glue” all the sides with no filling together. Although this is easy, this will give you less raviolis because you are using double the won tons.

Step 5

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It is now time to pan sear your won tons. Using vegetable oil and a pastry brush, apply a thin layer of oil to each side of your won tons. In a non stick pan, placed on medium heat, arrange won tons in a single layer (you will have to make several batches because they can not overlap to cook properly). Pan sear until toasty brown on both sides (about 7-10 minutes on each side, but please use your judgment, and add or take away time as needed). Remove from heat and let them cool (filling will be hot!)before dipping them in your favorite sauce. That’s it! (These are yummy as left overs, too, eaten right out of the refrigerator). Please feel free to share recipe. Enjoy!!! 🙂

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