Making ordinary food look glamorous is not that difficult if you know how. As I am always on the look out for better ways to serve food, when I saw a picture of wonton cups, they looked like they were inviting me to eat them. On an winter afternoon, looking for something to munch on, I thought why not try making them. What have I got to loose. Since I did not recall where I saw the picture and did not want to spend time looking for a recipe, I thought I would just play with what I have in my fridge. The odds and end I found has turned into this.
Wonton Cups With Shrimp & Friends
6 Wonton Wraps
10-12 medium to large size shrimps, cooked, peeled and chopped into small pieces
2-3 tbsp herb & garlic cream cheese
2-4 tbsp shredded cheese of your choice
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1-2 tbsp bread crumbs
2 tbsp fresh herb of your choice, finely chopped
Oil (or butter) to brush the wonton wrappers
In a half-muffin pan (the ones that make only 6 regular sized muffins) place wonton wrappers forming a cup or basket. Using a brush, lightly coat each wrapper with oil or butter. Bake at medium temperature (350 F) pre-heated oven until they are lightly golden and the wrappers are cooked.
In the meantime, in a frying pan saute the mushrooms until they are cooked. In a bowl combine the cooked mushrooms with shrimp, egg, green onion, bell pepper, herb, cream cheese, 1/2 the shredded cheese and bread crumbs. Mix well.
Take the wrappers out of the oven and reduce the temperature of the oven to 275 F. Spoon in shrimp mixture into the wonton wrapper cups. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake until the filling is cooked. If you find that the wrapper edges might get burned, cover lightly with aluminum foil.