Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lasagna Appetizer Cups


I’ve seen a lot of bloggers on other blogs get contacted by PR companies for free products and stuff like that. I’ve been blogging for over a year, so that gave me a lot of time to decide what I would do if/when one ever contacted me about free product. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE to rave on & on about a product or service I like. I want my readers to always know that I will never ever rave about a product I don’t truly love. Also, I will always be 100% honest, and tell you when I received something free.

Now, that being said… can you tell I’ve been given a free product? A rep from Nasoya contacted me and asked if I would be interested in coupons for free products. I was already familiar with the company in the past because I had purchased tofu before. I could use the coupons for any of their products, and I went with the wonton wrappers. I was throwing a baby shower the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and I thought I could use the wonton wrappers to come up with some kind of tasty appetizer. I needed to keep it mainstream, and not do anything too wacky. When cooking, as when editing video (my job I love that pays the bills) I try to always be aware of my audience, and I knew something geared towards familiar comfort food would work best. Something I realized after purchasing the wonton wrappers was that people often use them to make ravioli. I decided to make a play on that, and do something italian, but also totally handheld, something you wouldn’t need a fork to eat. That’s how I arrived at the idea of doing mini lasagna bites.

This was so incredibly simple to whip up. If you know me, you know I run around like a crazy woman when throwing a shower or birthday party. I try to make everything perfect. So it was nice to have such an easy, stress free appetizer to quickly prepare. The exposed edges of the wonton wrapper crisped up a little, while the underneath, cup part held it’s formed shape, but remained a little bit softer & chewier. It really tasted like a little bite of lasagna. I was very happy with how this recipe turned out! If you know me, you know I have some trepidation when it comes to confidently creating and sharing my own recipes. I am confident enough in this recipe to enter it in Nasoya’s Holiday Wrap-Up Recipe Challenge. After doing the Slow Cooker Chili Cookoff, I’ve learned these types of contests can be fun, especially when you’ve got nothing to lose!

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Lasagna Appetizer Cups

Yields: 24

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta
4-5 basil leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
salt & cracked pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
6 oz shredded mozzarella
24 Nasoya wonton wrappers, (the round ones)
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, chopped basil, italian seasoning, salt, & pepper.

Place wonton wrappers in standard muffin cups, to form little cups. Using a tablespoon, layer in marinara, then ricotta mixture, and sprinkle shredded cheese into each cup. Top with grated parmesan cheese.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese has melted. Let cool in muffin tin 2-3 minutes before removing. Serve immediately.

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20 Responses to “Lasagna Appetizer Cups”

  1. 1
    The Novice Chef — December 7, 2009 @ 12:38 am

    You are so creative Erin! I love this idea! Hope you win!

  2. 2
    Federica — December 7, 2009 @ 3:40 am

    wow splendida idea! complimenti!

  3. 3
    megan — December 7, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    such an interesting recipe! How fun that you got something free too :)

  4. 4
    Josie — December 7, 2009 @ 9:26 am

    So fun!! They are so cute too!

  5. 5
    Kristen — December 7, 2009 @ 9:54 am

    I love those! Well I mean, I love the idea of them….I haven't actually tried them myself…yet anyway. Good luck on the contest! :)

  6. 6
    Liesl — December 7, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

    How fun! Great recipe idea! You could do so many things with those!

  7. 7
    Grace — December 7, 2009 @ 3:34 pm

    very cool and extraordinarily delicious. i'm impressed, enamored, and hungry. :)

  8. 8
    Weekend Carnivore — December 7, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    Now that is really inventive! I may have to give those a try for New Year's Eve.

  9. 9
    Karine — December 7, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

    Original recipe! It looks delicious :)

  10. 10
    ellysaysopa.com — December 7, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

    These are so cute! I've made mini lasagnas with wonton wrappers but these are much cleaner and more party-friendly :)

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    Klingtocash — December 8, 2009 @ 9:52 am

    Great recipe. I think this would be awesome for parties. You could even make a Mexican version.

  12. 12
    twenty eight — December 8, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    THANK YOU for conjuring this up right before holiday parties. These would be a nice way to subdue a champagne buzz come New Year's! Yum.

  13. 13
    Lesley — December 10, 2009 @ 6:50 pm

    Those sound delicious!

    And it's funny that you got an offer for tofu and I didn't! I rarely get offered anything, but I don't have much time for blogging these days; I'm sure that has something to do with it!

  14. 14
    Kevin — December 11, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

    Those look so good! What a great idea!

  15. 15
    oneordinaryday — December 19, 2009 @ 8:54 am

    This is a brilliant idea! And I bet they taste wonderful too.

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    TamboinMO — December 21, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

    I just found your blog via "Taste Spotting"…this is such a great idea! I'll have to have a get together just to try these out!

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    Queenie — January 16, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    this is incredible.. i love to try this by tomorow..

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  19. 18
    Jo — August 26, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

    You could use the wonton wrappers as a crust for little quiches, too. You could also use flour or corn tortillas for either.

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    Dawn — November 5, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    I cant thank you enough. I am cooking for rememberance service. I have vegetarians and tomato allergies. I did half with a poblano alfredo sauce. Brilliant :)

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