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Archive for July 27, 2011

PRODUCT: Want’ems Wonton Chips

When we were growing up, chips meant potato chips or corn chips.

Today, the chip aisle is bursting with choices. There are bean chips, nut chips, plantain chips, rice chips, tortilla chips and vegetable chips.

And now, there are wonton chips.

Inspired by the wonton strips served at Chinese restaurants (great for dipping in hot mustard or duck sauce), the product was developed by two friends who had enjoyed many a meal in Boston’s Chinatown.

Unlike the darker colored restaurant wonton strips, Want’ems are pale and light in texture, made from whole grain wheat flour and fried in canola oil. They taste like wonton strips “lite.”

The all-natural chips are available in Original and Asian BBQ. The BBQ has added hints of soy sauce, garlic and brown sugar.

 

The new chip in town: Want’ems wonton
chips. Photo by Jaclyn Nussbaum | THE
NIBBLE.

 

The company also makes three varieties of sweet dipping sauce, but we prefer hot mustard. Try Colman’s Mustard, available in prepared and the original powdered form.

Want’ems is aiming for national distribution, so they may not be easy to find at your nearest store. But they’re available on Amazon.

Learn more about Want’ems at Wantems.com.

Find reviews of our favorite snacks in our Gourmet Snacks Section.

  

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TIP OF THE DAY: Different Foods To Grill

Try grilled halloumi cheese to start.
Why not serve it with grilled romaine?
Photo by Ina Peters | IST.

 

You know you can grill meat, seafood and fruit on the grill (see five grilled fruit recipes at the end of this article).

You may also have tried grilling pizza (if not, try these grilled pizza recipes).

But how about these four: grilled halloumi cheese, grilled lettuce, grilled avocado and grilled cake?

1. Grilled Halloumi Cheese
Halloumi cheese, from Cyprus, is made to be grilled or pan-fried. It keeps its shape when cooked, and makes a great appetizer. Add slices to a salad or make grilled cheese and vegetable skewers. We like halloumi so much, it was a Top Pick Of The Week. Read our full review, which includes recipes.

2. Grilled Lettuce
Follow a grilled halloumi appetizer with a grilled salad. Even people who won’t eat a green salad can be attracted to lettuce grilled with an alluring char. Grill heartier varieties of lettuce such as endive, radicchio and romaine. Cut the head in two and grill the halves face down, or separate and grill individual leaves. Brush lightly with olive oil and grill over medium heat until just charred (don’t let the leaves wilt). Serve with grilled tomatoes and your favorite dressing. Or generate excitement with a grilled Caesar salad.

 

3. Grilled Avocado
Dense and creamy, avocados lend themselves to grilling. You can serve them as a side with grilled meats and fish, or as an appetizer or salad course. For a salad, serve a grilled avocado half with some grilled romaine or endive; fill the well of the avocado with balsamic vinaigrette. Brush the face with olive oil and cook over medium heat until grill marks appear.

4. Grilled Cake
End the meal with grilled cake. Did you see our recipe for grilled angel food cake last month? Just as you can toast a bun on the grill, you can toast slices of angel food cake, pound cake, banana bread and other firm cakes (loaf cakes work well). Simply brush the sides with butter and toast over medium heat until grill marks appear. You can serve grilled cake with grilled fruit or fresh fruit marinated in orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier or Gran Gala), ice cream, mascarpone or whipped cream.

You can also toast cake in the toaster. You won’t get grill marks, but you will get toasty good flavor.

  • Grilled Fruit Overview & Recipe
  • Grilled Fruit Skewers With Marshmallows
  • Grilled Watermelon
  • Grilled Pineapple & Peaches In A Rum & Lime Marinade
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    Thanks to Care2.com for inspiring this story.

      

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