Chili Beef Wonton Cups

13 Aug

So I was watching Masterchef USA last night.  Yes,  I confess that while I eschew reality TV as a whole, I make exceptions for Masterchef and the Great British Bake Off.   I mean who among us food bloggers doesn’t secretly dream of winning one or the other?  Honestly?  So while watching,  the contestants were given a MASSIVE bowl of mince, or ground beef if you prefer, and told to come up with a dish that wasn’t a hamburger.  An amazing challenge when you consider just how much you can do with it.  Now the best part about watching shows like this is that they challenge you just a little bit.   They make you ask yourself, “What would I do?”  Which I love, because it’s so easy to become complacent in the kitchen.   Anyway, this is what I would have made.  Simple enough to be fail-safe,  tasty and hopefully unique enough to make an impact.  BH has nicknamed them Wanton Delights.

To make 18 chili beef wonton cups take:

  • 18 Wonton Wrappers
  • 400 gms of mince
  • 3-4 spring onions (sliced)
  • 2 large red chillies (sliced)
  • 1 piece of ginger about the size of your thumb (pealed and grated)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • basil to taste (Thai basil if you can find it)
  • 2 tsp of corn flour
  • 3 Tbs of soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 180 °C.  Then heat a little oil in a wok or frying pan and add your aromatics; spring onion, garlic, chili and ginger.  I LOVE  the smell of Chinese aromatics!  Allow to cook for a minute or two and then add your mince.  Cook until the mince is cooked through.  Add your corn flour to the soy sauce and mix to dissolve.  Add the soy sauce – corn flour mix to the mince and continue to cook for a few minutes until the mixture resembles the one in the picture below.  Finely slice the basil and add to the dish for the last minute of cooking.  You don’t want to loose the flavour of the basil by adding it too soon.

Brush the bottom and sides of a muffin pan with olive oil and press the wonton wrappers into the bottom to form cups.

Brush the wrappers with a little more olive oil and place in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes until brown and crispy.  Keep a close eye on them as they can burn very easily.

Hmmmm, crisp and gorgeously golden.   Allow to cool slightly then remove from the muffin tin and fill with the chili beef mixture.  Garnish with a slice of raw chili  and a sprinkle of spring onion.


12 Responses to “Chili Beef Wonton Cups”

  1. Lauren Olivia & Co. August 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    This looks so delicious. Good idea or bad idea for a party appetizer (for a large group)? I’m wondering how well the wonton holds up…

    • fudgingood August 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      Thanks 😀 They actually held up pretty well. These were photographed about half an hour after I filled them and they were still really crunchy. If you fill them at the last moment and don’t use anything too liquid, like soup, they should see you though a party. Let me know how it works out.

      • Lauren Olivia & Co. August 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

        Thanks for the insight and for the great post. I’m printing out the post now 🙂

      • fudgingood August 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

        😀 Thanks.

  2. Uma August 16, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    yummm!! That looks delicious : D Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. legalizedfrostitution August 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    This looks fabulous! I am totally snagging this for my next football (American version) party!!!! I can almost smell it in the house now!

  4. sarahqdavisnp September 26, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    Reblogged this on Sarah Davis Diary.

  5. sunshineandsomeclouds September 30, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    we don’t get wonton wrappers where i live so is there any way that i can make em at home from scratch?? wud luv t try this recipe…

  6. Steven Mak October 13, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    I wish one day you get the chance to taste wanton in KL. Nothing like what you have ever tasted, guaranteed :).

    • fudgingood October 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      I was fortunate to live in Asia for eight years. Malaysia was one of the places I was lucky enough to visit 🙂

      • Steven Mak October 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

        Ah! then you know :). Love your yummy looking food pics.

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