This recipe was inspired by the classic Chinese takeout dish "Crab Rangoons". The traditional Rangoon is usually stuffed with Imitation Crab Meat and Cream Cheese, deep fried, served with a Plum sauce for dipping. Although delicious, I felt this recipe could use a modern twist and healthier update! So, I decided to swap the Imitation Crab for Black Tiger Prawns, sautéed in garlic butter and combined with a Bacon, Basil Cream Cheese. Baked and served with Whipped Avocado Dip, this dish is divine!
|1 Pkg||Maple Leaf Bacon|
|1 Pkg||Frozen Black Tiger Prawns (thawed)|
|250 g||Softened Cream Cheese|
|10||Thai Basil Leaves (slivered)|
|3||Garlic Cloves (fresh pressed)|
|1 tbsp||Canola Oil|
|1||Ripe Avocado (Large)|
|2 tbsp||Sour Cream|
|1 tsp||Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)|
|1 Pkg||Fresh Wonton Wrappers (keep refrigerated)|
|1/2 cup||Room Temperature Water|
|1 can||Coconut Oil Cooking Spray|
1. Cut the Maple Leaf Bacon strips in half and fry (in batches) in a small fry pan over medium heat. Place strips on a plate lined with paper towel.
2. Once all cooked, pat the excess grease off the bacon strips and set aside to cool.
3. In a medium sized, deep-dish pan, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Add the fresh pressed garlic cloves, cooking for 1 - 2 minutes (until fragrant and almost white in colour).
4. Add the prawns and sautee (covered) for 3 - 4 minutes until prawns are still tender but cooked through. Place aside to cool.
5. In a medium sized mixing bowl, place the softened cream cheese and slivered thai basil. Stir to combine.
6. Chop the cooled bacon into bite-sized pieces and add to the basil cream cheese mixture. Stir to combine. Set mixture aside.
7. Chop the cooled prawns into 1/2s or 1/3s (depending on the size of the prawns). Set aside.
8. Take the Wonton Wrappers out of the fridge and place 3 wrappers on a cutting board.
9. Place 1 tsp of the Bacon, Basil, Cream Cheese mixture in the centre of each wonton wrapper. Place a piece of prawn directly on top of the cream cheese mixture.
10. Moisten the edges of each wonton wrapper with water and fold opposite ends together to create a triangle. Press down gently on edges to secure.
11. Moisten the tips of the triangle and fold inwards, forming a bundle.
12. Continue this process with the remaining wonton wrappers (3 at a time works best) until all the Bacon, Basil Cream Cheese and Prawns have been used up.
13. Preheat oven to 425F.
14. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the bundles on it. Spray the bundles with Coconut Oil cooking spray, flip over and spray the other side.
15. Bake the bundles for 12 - 15 minutes until nice and golden brown, flipping once to maintain even colouring.
16. While the bundles are baking, combine avocado, sour cream and lemon juice in a small bowled food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes nice and fluffy with a light green colour. Scoop into a serving bowl.
17. Once bundles have been removed from the oven, let them cool for about 3 - 5 minutes and serve with Whipped Avocado Dip for dunking - enjoy!
These Bacon, Prawn, Basil Cream Cheese Bundles are an absolute favourite in our household. Make them to share or enjoy all by yourself - no one will complain about a double dip! Absolutely addicting, a must try for movie night.
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