We love dipping these fried wontons in our homemade, no drippings needed Brown Gravy Recipe! It’s so easy to make, you won’t believe it!
A Delicious Leftover Mashed Potato Recipe
Even though these fried wontons are perfect for using up leftover mashed potatoes, you can still easily make this wonton recipe if you don’t have leftovers! Make a batch of our Perfectly Smooth Mashed Potatoes or even grab store bought, ready made mashed potatoes!
We don’t want you to have to wait to make these delicious, fried appetizers so we like to give you options.
The idea for these fried wontons came from our love of poutine. Poutine, in case you haven’t had it before, is made up of french fries with cheese and gravy on top. Of course there are many, many variations of poutine, some of which we have here for you like this Shrimp Poutine or our fun summer Corn Dog Poutine that our boys love.
So the basic idea here with these Fried Poutine Wontons is that we’ve tucked the mashed potatoes inside with cheese, wrapped it up with a wontont wrapper and fried it until crispy on the outside and creamy and cheesy on the inside.
Dip that fried goodness into thick brown gravy and just try to stop eating them!
What Are The Ingredients For These Fried Poutine Wontons?
This appetizer recipe is another one of those recipes that you can add a lot of other ingredients, besides the basics we’ll list here. You could add different kinds of cheese, for sure. Vegetables like chopped broccoli or spinach, and even a protein like sausage or leftover ham!
Wonton Wrappers: You can find wonton wrappers right in the produce section fo your grocery store. They come in different shapes sometimes but for this recipe we’re using the square ones.
Mashed Potatoes: Leftover mashed potatoes work perfectly, whip up a batch from scratch or grab some already prepared at the grocery store.
Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella cheese was our go to for these wontons, but you can add whatever kind of melting cheese you want to. Swiss, gruyere, cheddar or American are all good options!
Eggs: The eggs are to seal the edges of the wonton wrappers so that they don’t come apart when frying.
Brown Gravy: Like we said, you can use our homemade Brown Gravy recipe, or grab a store bought brand that you like.
Oil For Frying: Vegetable or canola oil will work best for frying these wontons, olive oil has too low of a smoking point and also will give a flavor to the end product.
How Do You Make Fried Poutine Wontons?
Once you have all of your ingredients together, these wontons come together really quickly!
- Heat a pot of oil over medium heat on your stove. Use a fry thermometer to make sure the oil is at the right temperature.
- Add a tablespoon of mashed potatoes to the center of a wonton wrapper, then place a piece of cheese in the center of the mashed potatoes.
- Fold the edges of the wonton wrapper to form a triangle and seal with the beaten eggs. make sure the edges are sealed very well so that the potato filling doesn’t leak out as you are frying.
- Fry the wontons in batches, depending on the size of your pot, for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
- Serve with brown gravy for dipping.
Can You Make These Fried Appetizers Ahead Of Time?
You can, but not too much ahead of time. Once these wontons are fried, you can keep them warm in the oven for up to 2 hours. Much longer after that and they will loose some of their crispiness, and we wouldn’t want that to happen.
If you want to make these Fried Poutine Wontons in big batches and freeze them you can do that too! Let the wontons cool completely after frying and then freeze them in freezer bags in a single layer so that they don’t stick together.
Bake the wontons at 400 degrees while still frozen for 15-20 minutes until the centers are warmed through. Don’t let the wontons defrost or they will be soggy instead of nice and crispy.
You can see where we we didn’t seal one of the edges here all the way and some of that potato filling started to peak out. I’m telling you guys, that potato center stuffed with cheese is one of the most delicious things you’re ever going to taste!
On that note, make sure the mashed potatoes that you’re using are seasoned correctly, otherwise you won’t have a tasty potato filling. Give the mashed potatoes a taste before you start stuffing your wontons so that you end up with the most flavor possible!
Try and serve these Fried Poutine Wontons when they’re hot, that’s when the cheese is still soft in the middle and oozing out when you pull them part. Just take a look at that cheese! Man, there’s nothing better than all those cheesy, fried carbs, am I right?
Looking For More Appetizer Recipes?
These fried appetizers are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes! Use our homemade brown gravy recipe or grab a jar at the store!
- 1 package square wonton wrappers
- 1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water
- 2 cups mashed potatoes (leftover, homemade or store bought)
- 16 oz. package mozzarella cheese cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 cup prepared brown gravy (homemade, store bought in jar or powder form)
- Vegetable or canola oil oil for frying
- Fill a deep pot half way with the oil.
- Bring to 350 degrees over medium heat.
- While the oil is heating up, fill a wonton with 1 tablespoon mashed potatoes then add a cube of cheese to the center.
- Brush the edges with the egg wash and seal up to form a triangle. Make sure the edges are sealed well so that no filling leaks out.
- Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels then keep in a 250 degree oven until the rest of the wontons are fried.
- Serve with gravy for dipping.
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