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Crisp Wontons

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Christmas Morning

The smell from the Christmas tree covered with beautiful ornaments and twinkling lights filled the air as I darted down the stairs to the kitchen. All the stations were set up and we were ready to make the delectable treats. I hopped into my seat and waited patiently as my brothers and sister walked into the room picking their own seats. I rolled up my sleeves and started folding, as Christmas music accompanied the occasion. This was the best part of the holidays and the wonders of Santa Claus were to come soon after.

Every year, my brothers, my sister and I always make Wontons as a treat for the holidays. They are a fantastic food made up of meat folded up in dough sheets and fried until they have a crunch. We would sit at the table and have our stations all set up with the wrappings, the meat and just a cup of water to put it all together. I loved going through the process my grandma taught me. We’d take one of the Wonton wrappers, place the meat inside, and use water to seal it up into a delicious package. We would always race to see who could finish their stack the fastest, but were always told not to rush it and create a disaster. As the common saying goes, haste makes waste. Finally they’d all be done and ready to be put in the pot to fry into the great treat they are. I’ve gone through this fun process since I was young and I loved the festivities that would follow.

All the time we would get presents for each other for Christmas but what I loved most about this holiday was seeing the presents that we got from Santa. I always got so excited on Christmas Eve that I could barely sleep! We would track Santa online and when he came closer to us it was a joy. But when Mom told us that you have to be asleep for Santa to come, I raced to my bed finally resting my eyes. When I was 5 years old I remember on Christmas Eve night my brothers and I all slept in the same room. We had our plan that if one of us got up we had to wake the others. We even practiced what we would do if we were the first one to wake up. I went to sleep that night knowing exactly what to do in the morning.

In the morning I heard my brother, Ben’s voice. “Wake up, wake up,” he was saying to me while shaking my pillow. I opened my eyes to see his face. “It’s Christmas!” he exclaimed with excitement in his voice.

We raced down the stairs and right over to the Christmas tree to see our presents waiting there for us. We had to wait for the others to wake up but soon they were there, too, smiling at our delighted faces.

“Santa ate the cookies!” I heard Andy yell to us. When we went over to the plate we had left for him the night before we saw that the cookies and Wontons we left him were gone. Now we all gathered around the tree, ready to open our presents. We took turns and youngest went first. That was me and I couldn't wait. At my dad’s word I tore into the wrapping, ripping it to shreds. Inside I found a toy castle. It was the one I had wanted all year! I was elated at the sight of it and wanted to enjoy it immediately. My dad told me to bring it over as Ben started on his present. I played with that castle all the time and it was one of my favorite toys ever. I loved that time that I spent with my brothers and the excitement of knowing that presents were waiting for us. It was one of the happiest times of my life.

Christmas morning, the joys of Santa Claus, and delectable treats are vivid memories of Christmas at the Schiffer household. My favorite is our delicious Won Tons that bring back my memories of the night before Christmas and being able to spend it with my siblings. Waking up on Christmas morning is one of my favorite experiences and the memory of opening that castle will always puts a smile on my face.

Submitted by: "Sam S."

Ingredients You'll Need

1 lb. ground pork
Salt and pepper to taste
1 stalk green onion, minced
1 tablespoon of soy sauce


Mix ingredients.

Place ½ teaspoon of the mixture in center of Won Ton skin.

Wet all sides of the square face.

Fold skin in half.

Wet corners and bring corners together to make a Won Ton.

Place in hot oil at about 350 degrees and wait until brown and crispy, approximately 8 to 10 minutes.

Source: Family Recipe

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