pork and roasted honeynut squash wontons

One of my favorite things to do is play with wonton combinations!! I think that’s because we always made the same ji cai wontons (don’t get me wrong — i love them), but like any other foods, be it a sandwich, pizza, it’s fun to think of what other flavor combos would be good. pork with roasted honeynut squash is so so good.

honeynut squash, like the name entails, has a honey-like sweetness and a nutty undertone. it’s a hybrid variety of butternut squash, which i don’t like to handle due to its size and how hard it is — this is sweeter, fleshier, and more flavorful!

I used (makes ~32 wontons):

  • 1 pack medium thick wonton skins
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1 small honeynut squash ~1lb
  • greens of 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • five spice powder

to make:

  • cut honeynut squash in half and scoop out seeds, drizzle flesh side with olive oil, salt, and five spice powder. roast flesh side down at 425F for 30 minutes until tender
  • while squash is roasting, mix together the pork filling of ground pork, scallion, ginger, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, shaoxing wine, vegetable oil, and salt. stir until the pork reaches a ‘sticky’-like texture
  • once honeynut squash cools, combine with pork filling
  • scoop out 1 tsp of the filling and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds until it’s fully cooked, sample, and adjust seasoning to taste
  • fold wontons and either cook immediately or freeze for future you
  • to freeze: place the wontons flat on a tray/plate and let them freeze for 1-2 hours. Remove from plate and store in a plastic bag for future eats
  • to cook: bring a pot of water to a boil and add in wontons and bring to a boil. Add half a cup of cold water and bring to a second boil. Remove wontons, giving them a rinse under cold water, and serve with black vinegar
  • to serve: drizzle with black vinegar, chili oil, and soy sauce

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