Monday, February 29, 2016

Potato Won Ton Bites


 They were absolutely delicious.  That's all I have to say about these little gems.  

It was "foodie day" at work to celebrate our coworkers February birthdays and my contribution were these babies.  
I wanted to bring something different, not the usual, you know...
So I came up with these delightful morsels that are chock full of mashed potatoes, onions, peppers, smokey seasonings and last but not least; cheese!
My coworkers loved them! That is the best feeling in the world!  Score!
Best part is I kept getting asked for the recipe.  You know that's a; "winner, winner chicken dinner"!
So easy to make, I literally whipped them up after I got home from work.  I know!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Bake Time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 50 won ton bites

Ingredients:
4 cups mashed potatoes, prepared and cooled (I used instant)
1 pkg medium won ton wrappers 
1 cup water (to seal won tons)
1 medium onion, diced
1 large pepper, diced
2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded (8 oz bag)
6 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp dried smoked paprika





Topping:  
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of salt

Directions:

-Prepare mashed potatoes if making and set aside.  If you have leftover mashed potatoes - is there such a thing? That certainly will work.

-In a large frying pan add butter, let melt, add onions till they just start to soften, then add the diced peppers.  Cook for a few more minutes.

-Add spices, including that wonderful smoked paprika to the onion and pepper mix.  Lean over the fry pan and just inhale that aroma.  What?  Let cook for 1 minute or so to give the spices time to spread the love.

-Add the softened onion mixture to the mashed potatoes, stir to incorporate. Let cool for a few minutes.


 -Once cooled, add the shredded cheese and stir.  At this point I would take a spoonful and taste.  It's for seasoning purposes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

-Preheat oven to 375F.

-Place won tons on a flat surface.  Working with one at a time, dip pastry brush into the water and baste the entire outer edge of the won tons.  This is what will help them seal.  Take a heaping tablespoon of potato filling and place in the center of the won ton. 
Shape into a won ton flower shape.  See link and video below.  I work faster than that.  I don't know if it's for the sake of the video or what, but man, s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n but I am to please!

How to fold a won ton flower

 -Place on parchment or aluminum foil lined baking sheet, for easier clean up.



 -Melt butter for topping, add topping seasonings.  Baste the won tons.

-Bake for 30-35 minutes till golden.  The corners will brown just slightly and I think they look so pretty that way.  Rustic and just pretty. 



-Remove onto baking racks and let cool for a few minutes, serve and enjoy!

Easy, budget friendly appetizers that everyone will thoroughly love!

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi

4 comments :

  1. mmmm kinda like a periogi and I love periogi's! I know I'm spelling that wrong! I can't wait to try these yummy lil bites!!! Thanks Didi!!!

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    1. You got it Wendy. The filling tasted exactly like a smokey pirogi, with a crispy won ton on the outside.

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  2. What a fun idea my friend! I bet they were gone in seconds. I would have devoured them in minutes haha!

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