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
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
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of salt
-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.
-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