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Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, + 1 teaspoon minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup scallions, + 3 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 30 wonton wrappers
  • 1 ½ cups bok choy, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup bamboo shoots, sliced
  • ¼ cup water chestnus, diced

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot heat the oil over medium high heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon of the garlic and 1 tablespoon of the ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the 1/4 cup of sliced scallions and the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low so that the broth just simmers. Allow broth to simmer for at least 20 to 30 minutes while the wontons are being assembled.
  2. In a small mixing bowl combine the remaining teaspoon of minced garlic, remaining tablespoon of chopped ginger, 3 tablespoons of finely chopped scallions, the pork, egg yolk, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, water chestnuts and crushed red pepper. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Working on a flat work surface, lay out a few of the wontons. (Keep remaining wonton wrappers covered with plastic wrap.) Fill a small bowl partially with cool water and set aside. Using a teaspoon measure, place a heaping teaspoonful of the meat filling in the center of each wonton. Using your fingers, lightly wet the edges of the wonton. Bring 2 opposite corners of the wonton together to form a triangle and enclose the filling, pressing edges firmly around the mound of filling to eliminate any air pockets and seal. Moisten opposite corners of the long side. Curl moistened corners toward each other, overlapping one on top of the other, and press the edges together to seal. You should now have a rounded stuffed wonton with a triangle poking up at the top. Assemble the remaining wontons in the same manner. When the wontons are all assembled, set aside.
  4. Add the sliced bok choy, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots to the broth and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Using your hands or a slotted spoon, gently add the prepared wontons to the simmering broth. Increase the heat slightly so that the broth returns to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring
  5. occasionally (very gently), until the wontons float and the pork filling is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
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Taco Meat

Taco Meat

Taco Meat

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons evoo
  • 1 ½ cups onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup tomate paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

Instructions

  1. Set a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, place the onions in the pan and saute until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cumin to the pan and continue to saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the beef to the pan and cook, breaking the pieces up as they cook, until the meat is browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Season with the chipotle pepper and the salt. Add the beef broth and tomato paste to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook the meat, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve with the garnishes for guests to assemble their tacos to their liking.
https://www.fperkins.com/recipes/taco-meat-78.php