When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Fried Wontons

An American favorite Chinese appetizers! Makes an impressive hors d’oeuvre for parties.

1 package of wonton wrappers (12 oz. or 14 oz., You will find the wonton wrappers in the produce section of most supermarkets)
½ pound lean ground pork
½ cup water for sealing  the wontons
3 cups canola or vegetable oil for deep-frying

1 tablespoon soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 scallion, including the green top
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon pure sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar

Wash and trim the green onion, finely chop.  Peel and finely grate the ginger root.  In a bowl, combine the ground pork with the marinade ingredients. Mix them together thoroughly and set aside.

To Cook:
Heat a non-stick wok or a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the marinaded ground pork to wok. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until the pork is cooked through. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

To Assemble:
In a small bowl, fill 1/2 cup water for assembling the wontons. Place a wonton wrapper on the palm of your hand. Place 1 full teaspoon of the cooked filling in center of the wrapper and moisten all sides of the wrapper around the filling with water. Lift the lower right corner and flip it over to the middle of the left side. Seal it. Turn the wonton over and use both hands to overlap the two end corners together. Moisten a corner and pinch the ends firmly together. The result: The wonton filling is in the center with 4 corners of the wrapper point outward. As each wonton is complete, place them on a plate, cover with a dry towel and set aside.

To Fry:
Heat 3 cups of oil in wok or deep fryer over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, drop one wonton at a time into the hot oil and deep-fry 10 to 12 wontons at one time until light golden brown. It will take approximately 1 minute to fry each batch. (Be careful not to over cook the wontons as they will burn quickly). Drain oil from fried wontons on paper towels. Serve warm. Dip with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Makes approximately 48 wontons
Preparation time: 30 to 40 minutes
Cooking time: 2 to 3 minutes
Deep-frying time: 5 to 6 minutes




Sweet and Sour Chicken

This is an American favorite! Sweet and Sour Chicken also happens to be my very favorite dish growing up. I often request it in advance when headed home for the holidays. You may also substitute the chicken with pork.

1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts
1/2 green bell pepper
1/2 small yellow onion
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
3 cups canola or vegetable oil for deep-frying
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a frying pan)

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 can of pineapple chunks (8 oz., including juice)

Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Cut green bell pepper into 1 inch squares and onion into 1 inch chunks. In a large bowl, mix the batter ingredients together until smooth. Add chicken cubes to batter, coating each piece well and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside. In another small bowl, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and set aside.

To Cook:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 3 cups of oil in a wok or deep fryer. When the oil is hot, drop in one piece of chicken at a time. Deep-fry about 1/3 of chicken cubes at one time until light brown. Transfer onto a cookie sheet and keep hot in the oven for up to 15 minutes. The chicken will continue cooking and become crisp. Be cautious not to over bake, otherwise the chicken will become too tough.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a non-stick wok over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add green peppers and onions. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Add the dissolved cornstarch. Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened and becomes clear. Remove the chicken cubes from the oven and add to the sauce and vegetables. Stir and mix well. Serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

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