Caramel is both a flavor and a process where sugar gets manipulated with heat and additives. It is also versatile and appears as candy, desserts, commercial flavoring and coloring. Lately we give ourselves permission to enjoy caramel as salty and in some savory dishes. Caramelized onions are an example of this.
So, basically caramel is sugar in transition! It is an exercise in kitchen chemistry, with proven variables which govern a variety of textural outcomes. “Dry” caramel is heated sugar with no additives. “Wet” caramel” gets additional ingredients like butterfat, milk or cream. Each can entertain flavoring extracts, salt or seasoning. It can be made into a solid caramel candy, or it is used as a caramel syrup which when mixed with popped corn, and sometimes nuts, becomes caramelized popcorn balls. The syrup stage is what is used in savory caramel dishes. Commercial caramel coloring is a bitter-tasting product and is used as coloring or flavoring beverages and other foods.
Salted caramel, a lesson learned late from the Asians, gives caramel a new dimension, and additional ingredients aren’t only salt. For instance, the addition of soy sauce, fresh ginger and anchovies make this Caramel Pork recipe on Myrecipes.com. BBCGoodFood publishes their Asian Caramel Chicken Wings which has you add fish sauce, green chilli, cinnamon, ginger and lime to make a basic caramel sauce savory.
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Wontons are referred to by many as “the Chinese answer to Italian ravioli.” Actually, many cultures have their favorite foods encased in bundles. The Italians have their ravioli, the Mexicans their empanadas, the Jews their kreplachs and the Chinese delighted in their dumplings or rolls. In short, these are neatly rapped bundles which can be filled with almost anything, savory to sweet, served from hors d’oeuvres to desserts. Twist, layer, stuff, fill, roll or stack versatile wontons. Make crispy wontons strips for tasty sprinkles.
Wonton wrappers are made from simple ingredients, wheat flour, eggs and water. Fill them with any tasty mixture, then bake them, boil them, steam them or fry them.
Look for packages of wonton wrappers in the supermarket produce section, refrigerated. Use or freeze before date on package. If freezing, use before 6 months pass. Thaw before working with them.
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