I’m a big fan of appetizers, they give people something to nibble on while you finish making dinner. Our kitchen is a bit on the small side, and having anyone hovering around me while I cook drives me crazy. My solution is to open a bottle of wine and have a bunch of appetizers in the other room to distract people from “that woman who keeps shouting at us to get out of the kitchen”.
My mom taught me how to make appetizers by using wonton wrappers to create a shell for the ingredients. So far, everyone who has tried them loves them. This includes the pug, who is basically a vacum cleaner substitute.
What you need:
- 500g sausage meat
- 3 green onions
- 2 large green peppers
- 1 bottle of ranch dressing
- 1 package of shredded cheese
- 1 package of wonton wrappers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To create the “basket” you place two wonton wrappers so that they cover the sides of a muffin tin. If you use a mini-muffin tin you might only need one.
Bake the shell in the oven for 10 minutes or until browned at the edges.
While the shells are baking, sauté the sausage, green onion and peppers until cooked through.
Slowly add cheese and dressing until blended, but not to the point of being overly liquid. For me that was approximately half a package of shredded cheese and 1/3 bottle of ranch dressing.
Fill the shells with the mixture, and put back in the oven to bake for 5 minutes.
A lot of different combinations will work for the filling, but here are a few that I like;
- Blue cheese, spinach and bacon
- Mushrooms, red peppers and goat cheese
- Cranberry, turkey and a slice of brie
I haven’t tried to fill them with a type of dessert yet, but I think they would work pretty well to serve up a scoop if ice cream or a bit of mixed fruit topped with whipped cream. You really can’t go wrong.