Spiced-apple fried wontons
1 dried Thai or small red chili
1 teaspoon cinnamon
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1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cut into small dice 1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
36 wonton wrappers
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 to 2 tablespoons salt
4 cups corn oil
Makes 12 servings.
Combine chili, cinnamon and nutmeg in a spice grinder or small food processor; process until ground. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the apples; cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, about 4 minutes. Season with the chili-spice mixture, sugar and salt. Let cool 5 minutes.
Place 2 teaspoons of mixture in the middle of a wonton wrapper; moisten 2 edges of the wrapper with water, using fingers or a pastry brush. Fold in half to make a triangle; seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers; dust lightly with flour. Set aside.
For caramel, place the brown sugar and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring, until melted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream slowly. Add the salt; set aside.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until 375 degrees. Add wontons, in batches. Cook until they turn golden and float to the top, about 3-4 minutes; transfer to paper towel-lined plate. Drizzle with caramel sauce.
Nutrition informational per serving: 422 calories, 33 percent of calories from fat, 16 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 49 mg cholesterol, 65 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 1,027 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.