The party was being held at my friend’s house and we had spent the previous two days getting ready. The day of the event, our preparations were going great, all the cold food was on serving platters and much of the hot food was in chafing dishes. There was one dish, puff pastry pinwheels filled with beef tenderloin and a Madeira mushroom cream sauce, that would be baked after the guests arrived. It was the dish we were the most proud of and were so excited to serve it at the party.
I arrived back at the party with beautifully baked pastries and no one was the wiser. The power was not restored during the shower, but that didn’t put a damper on the party. Everyone had a nice time and they thoroughly enjoyed the food, especially the puff pastry pinwheels. It is surely a party I will never forget.
A friend’s daughter is getting married soon and I’ve been thinking about recipes for the bridal shower. I came up with the idea for these Fried Won Ton Roses while making roses out of modeling chocolate. As I worked, my mind wandered. I thought about other foods that could possibly be used to make the roses and decided to try using some pasta sheets. I had some won ton wrappers in the fridge, so I cut a large round, filled it with some artichoke cream cheese, attached some petals using egg wash, and fried it. I was amazed at how beautiful it looked when it came out of the fryer. The petals held their shape perfectly and I loved the variation of cream and golden brown colors on the rose. I knew that these appetizers would require a bit of effort, but felt that they would make an amazing addition to any bridal shower buffet or even a Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or birthday party spread.
I filled my roses with an artichoke cream cheese and I’ve shared this recipe, but it will make much more than you need to fill the flowers. If you prefer, you can just buy flavored cream cheese, make a crab Rangoon filling, or even use mini mozzarella balls to fill your flowers. Just a teaspoon of filling is used for each flower. Each rose requires about 2 1/2 won ton wrappers. Some packages of the wrappers have as few as 24 while others have 60. I used a package of 48 and created 20 roses. Plan according to your needs or the number of wrappers in the package you purchase.
Fried Won Ton Roses (makes 20)
48 square won ton wrappers
20 teaspoons (a little less than 1/2 cup) flavored cream cheese
(see recipe below for artichoke cream cheese)
egg wash – 1 large egg whisked with 1 teaspoon water
6-10 cups of oil for frying
Special Equipment Needed:
Using the round cookie cutters, cut 20 of the 3 1/2″ rounds and 112 of the 1 1/2″ rounds out of the won ton wrappers. While you work, you may want to cover the won ton wrappers with a damp towel, so that the wrappers don’t dry out.
Roses are created using won ton wrapper petals and are filled with flavored cream cheese and fried to a beautiful golden brown.