Crab-Stuffed Wontons in Manzanita Blonde Creamy Tomato Sauce

  • Recipe TypeAppetizer
  • Prep Time30 minutes + wonton assembly
  • Yield4

Manzanita Brewing Company's Blonde is a kolsch-style ale with light hoppiness and a clean, crisp character that pairs well with more subtle flavors like those in fresh herbs and the crispy crust of these crab-stuffed wontons.


  • Sauce
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 1 (15-ounce) can diced stewed tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 cup carrots, minced
    • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
    • 3/4 cup Manzanita Blonde Ale
    • 16 ounces crabmeat (or imitation crabmeat)
    • 1/2 cup Manzanita Blonde Ale
    • 1 cup Italian cheese (I like Asiago, Romano, or Parmesan)
    • 1/2 cup potato flakes
    • Dash of salt and pepper
    • 1 squeeze lemon
    • 1 package wonton wrappers
    • 1 egg white
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil, for frying
    Finishing Touches
    • 1/2 lemon
    • Chopped chives


  1. Sauce
    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onion until golden brown.
  2. Stir in the canned tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, salt, crushed red pepper, sugar, paprika, pepper, and carrots.
  3. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the beer and half-and-half.
  4. Remove from heat and purée with an immersion blender (or in a blender) to desired thickness.
  5. Return sauce to heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Wontons
    In large mixing bowl, combine crabmeat, beer, cheese, potato, salt, pepper, and lemon. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Place a tablespoon of the mixture in the center of each wonton square.
  8. Wet the edges of each wonton square with egg white, fold diagonally, and pinch the edges (pressing down with a fork works well).
  9. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the wontons until golden brown on both sides.
  10. Serve
    Arrange wontons on a plate and squeeze a bit of lemon on them.
  11. Top wontons with sauce, or serve sauce on the side as a dipping sauce.
  12. Garnish with chives.

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