Whether you're hosting a Super Bowl party or a Chinese New Year's party, you don't want to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Here are Chinese and Asian appetizer recipes with tips on how to do most of the work ahead of time.
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Potstickers taste great on their own, but a dipping sauce adds a little something extra. Making the dip ahead of time gives the flavors a chance to blend. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use within three to four days.
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This recipe for deep-fried wonton filled with a mixture of ground pork and Chinese vegetables and seasonings is a winner. You can prepare the wonton ahead of time up to the cooking stage and then refrigerate or freeze them (if you are refrigerating, prepare the wonton up to a day ahead of time). If freezing, allow the wonton to return to room temperature in the refrigerator before deep-frying. Here is another wonton recipe using pork and shrimp.
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Hoisin sauce adds a distinct flavor to this popular recipe. The spareribs can be prepared ahead of time and reheated until warm in a 250 F oven (place the ribs on aluminum foil).
They're also quite easy to prepare on Game Day itself: the night before, combine the spareribs with the marinade and refrigerate. When it comes time to cook, all you need to do is place the ribs in the oven.
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This is the popular appetizer with crab meat and cream cheese invented by a chef at a Trader Vic's restaurant. You can make the filling for crab rangoon a day ahead of time and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use, or fill the wontons and refrigerate up to one day ahead of time before cooking.
The wontons also can be prepared up to the deep-frying stage and frozen. Cook the frozen wonton according to the recipe instructions, adding a few minutes to the cooking time.
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An easy party appetizer that tastes best if you use fresh water chestnuts but canned water chestnuts will work. You can prepare these ahead of the time up to the cooking stage. Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook. They also can be placed in a resealable plastic bag and frozen.
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These are the popular Asian rice paper rolls filled with vegetables and served with a flavorful dip. They can be made a few hours ahead of time and then covered with a damp cloth until ready to serve (don't refrigerate). If you like, cut each prepared spring roll in half on the diagonal just before serving.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Although the filling can be made ahead of time, this recipe really comes more under the heading of an easy appetizer you can make at the last minute with a minimum of fuss. The crab/cream cheese dip is heated and then served with wonton "chips"—wonton wrappers cut into triangles and briefly baked.