Fiery and Fabulous Shrimp Wontons

spicy shrimp wontons appetizer
Some Like It Hot (1959)

“Some Like It Hot” was innovative and ahead of its time when it was released in 1959. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in drag, and Marilyn Monroe, the sex queen of her time and beyond are just as much fun to watch today. In the last scene a rich bachelor is pursuing Jack Lemon’s female persona (Josephine) and they are in a speed boat and Josephine turns to Mr. Rich and pulls the wig off and says “I’m a man,” Mr. Rich looks at him and says “Well nobody’s perfect.”

My recipe for Fiery and Fabulous Wontons brings the heat and spice just like the movie that inspired it “Some Like It Hot.” For people who aren’t afraid to feel the fire, this one’s for you. Make a batch for holidays or just because it’s Tuesday.

12 large raw shrimp
dashes of hot crushed red peppers
dashes of lemon pepper
dashes of season salt
1/3 cup Feta cheese, break pieces up
2 serrano or jalapeño hot peppers, chopped finely
¼ cup celery with leaves, chopped finely
¼ cup tomatoes, chopped finely
Dash of salt and pepper
30 wonton wrappers
1 egg slightly beaten
Pure vegetable oil for frying

Dip (optional):
3 tsp sour cream
3 tsp caesar salad dressing
1 Tbl lime juice
dash paparika

Mix dip ingredients, store in refrigerator.
Mash shrimp, add dashes of hot crushed red peppers, lemon pepper and season salt. Set aside.

Add cheese, hot peppers, celery, tomatoes, and dash of salt and pepper to a bowl and mix.
Place 2 wonton wrappers (on top of each other) in front of you in a triangle or diamond shape. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of cheese mixture and 1 heaping teaspoon of shrimp. Spread out evenly, but keep the ends free. Brush all sides with the egg. Start folding at the bottom first (like an envelope), then left and right sides, finally fold down top. Make sure wonton is secure. Repeat until you have 15 won tons.

Heat 3/4 cup oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Cook no more than 3 at a time, about1-2 minutes on each side until lightly golden. Drain on paper towels.

Slice each one at an angle, yielding 30 pieces. Serve with dip, if desired. Serves 10.
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