Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What's Cookin' Wednesdays

    For a while now I have resolved to cook more and cook from scratch. I believe that most health conditions, including my own can be managed, well at least in part by what you eat. Also with the addition of Lil' M I am determined to help her eat better so maybe she will not develop my medical malady's. In my opinion cooking from scratch is healthier than buying pre-packaged meals, not to mention cheaper! So, in that vein I have decided to add a recipe day to the blog.  The post may or may not contain pictures, but they will be recipes that I have tried and use. You will have to excuse the poor quality of my food pictures because my kitchen is not conducive AT ALL to taking pictures. Come to think of it, the kitchen is not conducive to cooking, but I have had to make do with less in the past and beggars can't be choosers! The first recipe to share is one that I used last year when Tiff had a Jr. Women's Club party, I had meant to get the post up earlier, but as I have found there is a wide divide between meaning and doing.

Sausage and Cheese Wontons
  • 1 Package Wonton Wrappers
  • 1 LB Sausage 
  • 1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Ranch (I use much less, but then I HATE Ranch)
  • About a 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • Sour Cream for topping-Optional  
To start with I coat both sides of the wontons with olive oil and then place the coated wrappers in a muffin tin. 

 After the wontons are all coated I put the tin in the oven preheated to 350 Degrees. I let them bake for about 5 to 10 minutes, until they are just starting to get toasted and turn brown. You have to be careful or else they will bake too much, and you will have to throw them out, voice of experience here!
While I have the wontons in the oven I go ahead and brown the sausage and get my cheese portioned out. I find that it is always better to buy a block of cheese and then shred it myself, it always cooks better and once again..cheaper.
Here are the wontons fresh out of the oven and placed on my current cooking tool, the Pampered Chef Round Pizza Stone. They really do make great products.
At this point you are ready to start assembling your creations. 
Mix the browned sausage
with the cheeses
and don't forget the ranch, even though I forgot to get a picture of said ingredient.
Then fill up fill you slightly toasted wontons with the sausage mixture, just eyeball it and fill up each wonton. 
Then all that is left to do is place them them back into your already hot oven for just a minute or three, until the cheese melts and you done!
I had a little left over so I decided to make my own version and substituted  the disliked ranch, with the beloved Frank's Red Hot Sauce! They were great!


Kim said...

This is cool!! I will have to try these and let you know how they turned out. Thanks for sharing!!

ebworley said...

Mmmmm! Sounds good. I'm definately going to try this one. Unless you just want to holler when you make some more! Uh, where do you get wontons?

babychick said...

mmm...looks good except i don't do sausage. maybe hamburger.

JacTpcMec said...

hamburger might be a good substitute, I have also recently considered using ground chicken or turkey.