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Beggar's Purse

Peanut oil for frying
2 tb Olive oil
1 pk Wonton wrappers
6 oz Shitake mushrooms; sliced
6 oz Button mushrooms; sliced
6 oz Portobello mushrooms; sliced
1/2 c Fresh tarragon; chopped
1 bn Fresh whole chives
Salt and pepper


Prehaet 4 inches of the peanut oil to 375 degrees F in a deep-fat fryer or large Dutch oven. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat and cook the mushrooms until they are quite soft and give up their liquid, about 5 minutes. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper to taste. Stir int he tarragon and set aside to cool. Working with one wonton wrapper at a time, place 1 teaspoon of sauteed mushrooms in the center of each wrapper. Wet edges of erapper with water and gather the edges together to form a "purse". (Make sure not to trap any air inside) Fry the wonton purses, 2 to 3 at a time, for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to brown and bob to the top. Drain on a cooling rack covered with paper towels. Tie each purse with a strand of chives.


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