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.