Monday, February 27, 2012

Lasagne Cupcakes

I made the taco cupcakes a few weeks back and this past week decided to try the Lasagne Cupcakes... I took them to a party and they were a sensational hit!  Do I take credit?  No, not really.  They were just too easy to make, quick and totally delicious!  Do you have a hectic, on the go, type of life?  If so, you have to start using won tons and a cupcake holder to make your life easier!  It takes only a few minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.

Ingredients:

1 lb of hamburger
3 Tablespoons or more of Italian seasoning ( I add extra)
5 oz. of chopped mushrooms (optional)
2 cloves of chopped garlic (optional)
1 pkg. Won ton wrappers (in the produce section of most large grocery stores)
8 oz. of fat free Ricotta cheese
1 container of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (usually found in the deli section)
1 jar of Spaghetti sauce (any type - I prefer the roasted garlic and basil - if you use this type don't add extra garlic!  Just a warning.....)
1 bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese
 
If you are having a party you will use all of the ingredients noted above and 32 won ton wrappers.  If you want to cook all of the ingredients and only make about 8 "cupcakes" then freeze the other half of the meat to make more later in the week after a hard day at work.  This will cut down on cooking time since you will be half way prepared!

Also if you don't want to save the meat to use later you can make more cupcakes and freeze them for quick meals.  If you store them a few days in the fridge you can heat them up for about 1.25 minutes and they are ready to eat.  If you freeze them of course it takes a little longer but use a lower microwave temp to make sure they don't over cook!

First you want to preheat your oven.  The 375 degree temp. was a good for these type of cupcakes. It worked great.  Take a muffin pan and spray it with cooking spray.  Only spray for the number that you want to bake. 

Fry the ground beef on medium until all broken up and starting to brown. Add the Italian seasoning, mushrooms and garlic until the meat is done.

Now, put a won ton wrapper in each cupcake bottom.  Be careful because they are thin and sometimes when you pull them apart you may end up with two instead of one.  After placing in the cupcake pan you are ready to start layering your mixture.  The bottom always starts with the 1 tablespoon of ricotta spread out across the bottom of the won ton wrapper.  Then take a spoonful of the meat mixture followed by the a spoonful of spaghetti sauce and then sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and top with the Parmesan cheese.  Repeat the layering one more time.  

You should bake until a golden brown color which is only about twenty minutes since the meat mixture is already cooked and you just need to brown the won tons and melt the cheese for a perfect meal!

If you liked the Taco Cupcakes you will LOVE the Lasagne ones!






Saturday, February 18, 2012

Taco Cupcakes

OK I'm hooked!  Saw this recipe on the internet in several places and I thought I would try it.  Won Ton wrappers in a taco recipe....right.  I thought won ton wrappers were exclusive and limited but boy was I wrong! Can't wait to try the Lasagne Cupcakes.  I will critique them after I try them and post my thoughts.

Ingredients:

1 lb of lean ground beef
1 pkg of taco seasoning
1 can of black beans rinsed
1 pkg. of Won Ton wrappers (you will find these in the produce area)
1 1/2 chili oil (in the Asian food section)
1 jar of Queso dip or salsa con queso
1 jar of chunky salsa
1 can green chilis (don't drain)
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese (regular or reduced fat)
1/4 cup of water

If you are having a party you will use all of the ingredients noted above and 32 won ton wrappers.  If you want to cook all of the ingredients and then only make about 8 "cupcakes" then freeze the other half of the meat to make more later in the week after a hard day at work.  This will cut down on cooking time since you will be half way prepared!

Also if you don't want to save the meat to use later you can make more cupcakes and freeze them for quick meals.  If you store them a few days in the fridge you can heat them up for about 1.25 minutes and they are ready to eat.  If you freeze them of course it takes a little longer but use a lower microwave temp to make sure they don't over cook!

First you want to preheat your oven.  I thought 350 was a good temp for me to use. It worked great.  Take a muffin pan and spray it with cooking spray.  Only spray for the number that you want to bake. 

Fry the ground beef in the hot chili oil on medium until all broken up and starting to brown.
Add the taco seasoning packet, black beans, 1/2 cup of water and the green chilis until the water starts to thicken.  Cook until meat is done and the mixture if no longer watery.

Now, put a won ton wrapper in each cupcake bottom.  Be careful because they are thin and sometimes when you pull them apart you may end up with two instead of one.  After placing in the cupcake pan you are ready to start layering your mixture.  The bottom always starts with the 1 teaspoon of the queso dip spread out across the bottom of the won ton wrapper.  Then take a spoonful of the meat mixture followed by the salsa and then sprinkled with cheese.  Repeat this one more time.  I ended with the cheese on top but I think next time I might try to add a won ton on the top of a few of them to see how that works by adding a little bit of a crust to the top.

You want to bake until a golden brown color which was only about twenty minutes since the meat mixture if already cooked and you just need to brown the won tons and melt the cheese for a perfect meal!

We cut up avocado, had a side of sour cream, tortilla chips and hot sauce to accompany the meal.  It was quick and easy!!  I have to give this recipe a 10 for top notch and easy.

Try it and you will definitely want to make it again and try the won ton wrappers to make Lasagne cupcakes too!  I will try to find other recipes for the won tons and test them out too. How versatile for something I thought was so exclusive and limited.