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 can be made with almost any type of meat or various other fillings, sweet or savory. Our favorite is BBQ/cheese – and this time I’m using turkey in keeping with my 12 Days of Turkey posting. Fill these with anything you’d like, though – see below.
Recipe: Filled Won Ton Cups with Leftover Turkey, makes 48
- 48 Won Ton wrappers, 16 ounce package
- 3 cups chopped meat, pork, poultry or beef
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce – your favorite. We’ve been making this lately with Sweet Baby Ray’s
- 4 ounces 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.
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Scale the recipe down to make just a few. Prebake the shells and premix the filling if you’re making for a party, then when you’re ready to use it, fill and broil. If making ahead, you can remove the shells from the tins and place on a large cookie sheet. If you don’t use all your Won Ton wrappers, wrap tightly and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- 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 $2.00 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.
Put Your own Spin on It:
- Leftover turkey is great in this, but pulled pork, leftover pot roast, chicken or even a made ahead barbecue beef or pork from your grocery store will work. I’ve also used sloppy joes and taco meat and had great results.
- I imagine you could make them with sausage or bacon or even some type of stuffing, too.
- Taking these in another direction, I bet they’d be great filled with a crab rangoon cream cheese filling.
- You could even sprinkle them with sanding sugar after spraying and before baking and fill them with custard or something sweet.
Filled Won Ton Cups made November, 2011