One of my main goals when cooking is to minimize the amount of things I have to clean, and the time it takes to clean them. Some of my favourite recipes are ones in which the time your dish spends in the oven is equal to the time it takes you to tidy up.
I also like to prep my meals for the week, because I know how tired I am when I get home from work and that is one the dreaded beast known as fast food shows its ugly face.
This recipe has very little prep/clean up, and makes around 20 cupcakes. They freeze quite well, and are great for lunches. You can just take them out the night before, and they should be thawed by dinnertime.
What do I need?
- 2 Muffin tins
- 1 Package of wonton wrappers
- 1 Onion
- 5-6 Mushrooms
- 1 Pepper
- 1 Package ground meat (we use turkey, every time)
- Sauce of your choosing (we used Hunt’s mushroom & basil)
- Grated cheese (put as much or as little as you’d like, but there is no such thing as “too much” cheese)
- Seasoning for meat, completely up to you
- Olive oil (I used the spray. Just enough to coat the pan)
- Partner in crime (optional)
If meat isn’t your thing, just ditch it and double up on veg. Zucchini and grated carrot are great additions.
Let’s Do This!
I make a point of getting everything together before I start any cooking. That saves me from trying to open a cupboard with my foot, while frying up veggies at the stove.
These Bad Boys are going into your oven at 375. Once you’ve read the whole recipe, you be the judge of when you need to start preheating. You know your oven better than I do. I start the process when I start chopping veggies because my stove is older than me.
Put a pan over medium heat with some olive oil. While it’s coming up to temperature, dice your veggies and set them aside. Once the pan is hot, toss in the ground meat with a bit of salt and pepper, and any spices you wish to add. In between stirs, line your muffin tins with a wonton wrapper in each.
My now, the meat should be starting to get some colour, toss in your veggies. While everything is cooking down, grate your cheese.
Now comes the assembly, this is the step where the aforementioned “Partner in crime” is useful. You will want to put one scoop of your meat and veg mixture in each wonton wrapper. Distribute anything you have left evenly amongst the wrappers. Place a spoonful of sauce on top of this mixture, then cover them in cheese.
Toss them, gently, into the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Do your dishes while you wait. Once your timer goes off, switch your oven to broil and keep a very close eye on your cupcakes. You want to make the cheese golden brown, you don’t want them to win a charcoal briquette look-alike contest.
Let sit for 5-7 minutes, as the sauce will be molten. Then, serve and enjoy!
They are great on their own, or with a Cesar salad.