I love a good theme when it comes to planning a menu, whether it’s trying to link dishes to an Oscar-nominated movie or gearing a complete dinner to a guest of honor’s favorite ingredients. Purim has a lot of themes to work with, and my favorite is also the most literal: the triangle shape of Haman’s hat. It’s most often represented by hamantaschen, but why not apply it to other dishes, too? This easy party appetizer gets its shape from a triangular wonton wrapper, which is baked (forget the fussy frying!) and topped with a classic combination of cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers.
Triangle-Shaped Wonton Bites with Cream Cheese and Salmon
Makes about 20
- 10 (2-inch) square wonton wrappers, cut in half diagonally
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
- 4 scallions, white and light green parts minced
- Smoked salmon, cut into 1.5-inch triangles (inexact is OK!)
- Place oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray, then spread out wonton triangles on sheet. Lightly spray tops of triangles with nonstick spray. Bake on middle rack until starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to plate to cool.
- Meanwhile, stir together cream cheese, zest and juice in small bowl. Using small spoon or DIY piping bag, spoon or pipe small amount of cream cheese mixture onto each wonton triangle. Top each cream cheese mound with capers (one or two, depending on your preference), sprinkle scallions evenly over triangles, and top with rolled-up piece of smoked salmon. Serve at room temperature.