Your Two Little Helpers In The Holiday Kitchen

Let me introduce you to Tortillas and Won Ton Wrappers. They are your two Little Helpers in the holiday kitchen.
Just look at all the great meals and snacks you can whip up using one or the other.
I can’t take credit for thinking these yummy recipes up, they came form old cookbooks, but I have changed them to suit our tastes, I think you will like them too!

Mini Tacosmakes a great appetizer

❖24 won ton wrappers
❖1 lb hamburger
❖1 package taco seasoning
❖1/2 cup salsa or picante sauce
❖3 tablespoons salsa
❖1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend)
❖sour cream (optional)
❖olives (optional)
❖guacamole (optional)

Cook hamburger until browned. Drain the fat and stir in taco mix and 1/2 cup salsa/picante sauce. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Press won ton wrappers into mini muffin cups.
Spoon beef mixture in cups and top with the 3 T of salsa and cheese, evenly divided. Bake in preheated 425F oven for 8
minutes, or until the wontons are nicely browned. Serve with extra salsa, sour cream, olives and Guacamole if desired.

Mushroom Puffs
❖1 lb mushrooms, chopped fine
❖1 medium onion, chopped fine
❖2 tablespoons butter
❖1/2 cup sour cream
❖1 tablespoons flour
❖1/4 tsp black pepper
❖1 egg
❖1 tablespoons water
❖1/2 cup bread crumbs
❖1/2 tsp seasoned salt
❖Won ton wrappers

Saute mushrooms and onions in butter until onions are transparent, about 15 minutes. Combine sour cream, flour, salt & pepper. Add to mushroom mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles, about 2 minutes. Beat egg with water to create a wash. Mix crumbs with salt. Brush won ton wrappers with egg wash. Put 2 teaspoons of mushroom mixture in center of won ton. Cover with second wrapper, pressing to seal. Cut into rounds with fluted cookie cutter OR just press all around the
edges of the two won tons with a damp fork, sealing well. Dip puffs into egg wash, then into crumbs, coating well. Bake in 400 degree F oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Won Ton Crackers

Cut won tons into quarters – either into diamonds or squares. Spray with a bit of vegetable cooking spray; olive oil spray is good. Sprinkle with one or more seasonings:

❖chili powder
❖garlic
❖seasoned salt
❖Parmesan cheese
Bake at 375 degrees F for 5 – 8 minutes until golden and crispy.

Sausage Flowers

❖1 pound ground Italian sausage
❖1/2 cup shredded Monterey
❖Jack cheese
❖1/2 cup shredded Colby cheese
❖1 cup salsa
❖24 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers
❖3/4 of a 16 ounce container sour
cream
❖1 bunch green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a miniature muffin pan. In a medium skillet, brown sausage, breaking into small chunks as you cook it. Drain and remove from heat. Stir Monterey Jack cheese and Colby cheese into the warm sausage to melt.
Stir in salsa. Gently press won ton wrappers into the prepared miniature muffin pan so that the edges are extending. Place a heaping tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each won ton wrapper. Bake 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until wonton edges begin to brown.
Transfer baked filled wontons to a serving platter. Top each sausage flower with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Sprinkle with green onions. Serve!

Two more ideas for won tons….
Fry in hot oil, drain well and dust with powdered sugar for a delicious snack.

Fill with 1/2 teaspoon Nutella, fold over, moisten edges and press together. Fry in hot oil, drain. Serve with a scoop
of vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

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Sylvia is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper Network website and ministry. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee. They are the parents of 5 children and grandparents to three so far. They have homeschooled since 1990. Sylvia is a Christian and enjoys mentoring women, writing articles for several magazines, gardening, Bible study and creating a peaceful holy home. Follow Sylvia on Google+ or check out her 21st Century HomeKeeper podcasts on the Preparedness Radio Network.