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!






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