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Ham Stuffed Turnovers

Ham Stuffed Turnovers

A savory appetizer made with smoked ham.


  • 8 ounces Yunnan or Smithfield smoked ham
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons red wine or rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 green or spring onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cups oil for deep-frying or as needed
  • 1 package wonton wrappers


Steam the ham for 30 minutes. Cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, sugar and sesame oil. Mince the ham, place in a medium bowl, and toss with the soy sauce mixture. Stir in the green onion.

Heat the oil for deep-frying while filling the wrappers. The oil should be between 360 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lay a wonton wrapper in front of you so that it forms a diamond shape. Place 2 to 3 teaspoons of the ham filling in the middle of the wrapper. Spread it out a bit so that it isn't bunched up in the middle (this will break the wrapper during deep-frying), but don't go too near the edges.

Wet the edges of the wrapper with the water. Fold the top half of the wrapper over the filling, and press the edges to seal. Continue until all the filling is gone.

Deep-fry the turnovers in the oil very briefly, until they are crispy and golden brown (no more than a minute). Remove with the slotted spoon and drain. Serve hot with soy sauce for dipping.

Yield: 24 Turnovers

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