Friday, January 25, 2013

Great Appetizer for Your Entertaining


Spinach Artichoke Cups

from:  http://www.macheesmo.com

spinach cups
Quick and Delicious
I’m about to toss out a trick that caterers across the world don’t want you to know.
You ready? It’s this:
You can make stuff look classy by putting it in a baked cup.
It’s true that stuff is a lot easier to eat when it’s in an edible cup, but I’ve never really understood why restaurants and catering companies think they can charge MORE just because they are putting something in a silly baked cup.


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Spinach Artichoke Cups


Yield: 18-24 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large bunch of spinach, blanched and chopped (or one package of frozen spinach)
1 can artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
1/3 Cup mayonnaise
1/4 Cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon hot sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lemon, zest only
1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper
Wonton Wrappers
Vegetable Oil
Helpful Equipment:
Muffin Tin
Microplane

The Filling

The thing to remember about this filling is that it’s a filling and not a dip. So I cut way down on the creamy stuff. You basically just want enough mayo and sour cream to keep the filling together.
fillings
Not Pictured: Parm cheese
When it comes to prepping the spinach, just toss it in some salted boiling water and let it cook for about 30 seconds. Then pull it out and let it cool briefly on some paper towels.
Once the spinach is cool enough to work with, press it with the paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. Then just chop it up!
spinach
You could use frozen in a pinch.
The artichokes are just as easy to prepare. Just drain the can of artichoke hearts and roughly chop up the artichoke hearts.
Important Step: After you dice up the artichoke hearts, again press them with a few paper towels like you did with the spinach. The artichokes retain a lot of water and if you don’t press out most of it, your filling will be super-watery.
Once your spinach and artichoke are pressed, you can mix them all together!
mixed
Just good flavors.
There’s a lot of great flavors in this filling, but the two that really pop in my mind are the lemon zest and the garlic.
I used a microplane to zest my lemon and very finely grate my clove of garlic.
Remember when you’re zesting citrus that you just want the outside layer of rind. If you get into the white part, it becomes very bitter.
lemons
Just the zest!
Just grab a bowl and mix the spinach and artichoke with all the other filling ingredients.
It’ll probably need a good pinch of salt, but should be pretty much ready to go!
filling mixed
Are you feeling the filling?

Making the Cups

There’s no magic here unfortunately. It’s just ridiculously easy to make these.
All you need is some wonton wrappers, a muffin tin, and a bit of vegetable oil.
wonton
The multi purpose muffin tin.
Lightly oil each muffin tin with a bit of oil.
Then kind of just form a wonton wrapper into the tin. Don’t worry too much about making them pretty or uniform. All of the little folds end up getting really crispy and are fantastic.
baked
Ready for a bake.
Bake these guys at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. You could go a bit longer if you like your more crispy. I baked mine for 15 minutes for a really crispy final product.
crispy
Nice and crispy.
The cups should pop right out of the tin without any problem and once they are cool enough to handle, you can fill them up! I recommend about a tablespoon and a half per cup.
chomp
CHOMP.
If you have any leftovers they both keep fine, but just store them separately. If you fill the cups and store them, then the filling will make the cups kind of soggy.
This is a really delicious appetizer that really takes only a few minutes to make.
Whether you want to start a catering company or just impress the friends and family, this is a winner.

1 comment:

  1. Those look good!


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