One of my favorite kids classes that I've taught this semester was my "not your average wonton" class. It was great and especially successful because we didn't use recipes. Instead, the kids came up with ideas of what they wanted the wontons to taste like, and then planned out how to make it happen. The kids worked with partners to make the all the decisions about the wonton flavors they wanted to make and how to plate them. Then they had to figure out what ingredients they would need to make those flavors possible. The directions were to make one savory wonton and one dessert wonton. They had to make enough for everyone in the class to taste a few and also make one of each type to put on a separate plate for the "judging."
The kids worked in two groups (which ended up being boys vs. girls) to complete these tasks. They all seemed to love their independence making all the decisions. I did a quick demo of a few simple dessert wontons using banana and chocolate so they could see how to put them together. I also cooked the ones I made before they started so the kids could have some inspiration.
I was in charge of cooking the wontons throughout the class and I used one pot of oil a few inches deep for the sweet ones and a different pot for the savory ones. Since the wontons cook quickly I just fried 5-6 at a time as the kids were putting them together.
Making wontons is a really fun project to experiment with! You don't need a lot of ingredients to make wonton fillings. Of course, you need the wonton wrappers which can generally be found in the refrigerated section near the produce department. Then you can get wild and crazy with flavors. Below are a few flavors that I suggested for the class.
Filling ideas.... s'mores- chocolate, mini marshmallows, graham crumbles, banana & chocolate, apple pie (we microwaved apple pieces for 2 minutes in microwave to soften them), peperoni pizza, avocado, buffalo chicken (I had cooked chicken breast in class to use), siracha cream cheese, southwestern, jalapeño popper, & barbecue chicken.
Filling the wontons- put about a tablespoon of filling in the middle of the wonton wrapper. Brush the edges with water before folding it in half to make to a triangle shape. Press the edges well to make sure they're sealed tight so that the filling doesn't leak while you're cooking them. Cook them in a medium pot or wok filled with 2-3 inches of canola oil heated to 350. Cook wontons in small batches until golden color on both sides.