I started making these so many years ago that I no longer remember where I got the idea or the recipe. They are strangely addictive and I promise you if you put these out on game day or bring them to a pot luck, you’ll come off as an absolute genius. Seriously. People just can’t stop eating these little gems.
These can be filled with all kinds of things, but my faves are probably a barbecued type filling, whether beef, pork, chicken or turkey topped with cheese. They make great use of little bits of left overs, and I often use a turkey filling after the holidays. Think of them when you have a smidge of taco or Sloppy joes and you’re wondering if such a small amount is worth saving. The cups can be generously filled or not, so a little can stretch a long ways.
Creamy, rich fillings go well, here, too. Something like a Crab Rangoon or Hot Chicken Salad works well. Spicy fillings like a Cheesy Green Chili combo or Italian Sausage and Cheese are a fun surprise. Honestly, if you’d like to nix the savory altogether and go sweet instead, think about sprinkling the shells with sanding sugar and baking them off and filling them with a little pudding or other sweet dessert item.
The best part is these can be made with a minimal amount of effort and it’s even possible to buy the little shells frozen. The shells can also be baked off a day or two ahead. These are perfect for any casual function. When I’m asked to bring something for a football party, I think of these. I’ll bake the shells off and place on a rimmed baking sheet, then shortly before I leave I’ll fill them and top with cheese. When I arrive it’s a simple matter to run them under the broiler for a moment. Of course, always ask your hosts if the oven will be available!
While this recipe makes 48, the standard size of ready made wonton wrappers, it’s very easy to scale up and down. Any extra wonton wrappers freeze well tightly wrapped – just thaw in the fridge overnight.
Filled Won Ton Cups
- 48 Won Ton wrappers, 16 ounce package
- 3 cups chopped pork, poultry or beef
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce – your favorite. Sweet Baby Ray’s works well.
- 4 ounces grated cheese
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray mini muffin cups with cooking spray. Press a wrapper into each, spray with cooking spray, sprinkle edges lightly with salt. Bake five to eight minutes until golden brown.
Heat the barbecue sauce and your choice of meat together. Place about a tablespoon of mixture into each cup, sprinkle with cheese.
Place muffin trays on a cookie sheet for easy handling and broil about four to six inches from the heat source for about 30 to 45 seconds until cheese is melted. Watch closely as they burn quickly. These could be baked in a hot (400 degrees or so) oven for a minute or two instead.
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
- Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
- Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
- Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Read below for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
- Won Ton wrappers run about $2.99 for a package – and I’ve never seen them on sale. If you have an Asian market near you, you may find better quality and pricing. If you don’t use all your Won Ton wrappers, wrap tightly and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- Filling: Use whatever you wish! Price varies. If you made the recipe as shown, three cups of turkey is about 1/2 a pound – since turkeys on sale run from 69 to 99 cents a pound, I’ll call it 50 cents.
- BBQ Sauce: I buy on sale in the summer with coupons, and have gotten it for nothing pretty regularly. Cost: 0
- Cheese: A good price in our area is $1.00 for 8 ounces, but I find it now and then with store specials and coupons for nothing. I last paid $1.00 for eight ounces: Cost: 50 cents.
Filled Won Ton Cups made November, 2011