Pizza Beef Wontons
These mini beef pizzas are made of Asian wonton skins as the base. I pre-cooked the beef filling with savory flavors of Worcestershire sauce, mustard and tomato paste. You can opt to use homemade pizza sauce or a store-bought variety. Layer the filling like a regular pizza and pop the assembled pieces into the oven toaster for a few quick minutes. Watch your family and friends devour the crunchy bite-sized pizzas and ask yourself why you didn’t think of this before. This is an AsianInAmericaMag recipe. Makes about 24 to 30 mini pizzas. Serve as an appetizer, side or snack.
Servings: 4 people
- 24 to 30 pieces wonton skins square or round
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic peeled, minced
- 2 whole onions one chopped for filling, the other sliced thin for topping onions
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper powder
- 1 1/2 cup pizza sauce store-bought
- 1 cup sliced thin for topping red and green bell peppers
- 1/2 cup pitted olives for topping
- 1 to 2 cups freshly grated cheddar or mozarella for topping
Make sure the wonton skins are thawed at room temperature and not frozen. Separate them individually and lay out on a flat, dry surface.
In a medium-sized skillet, over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil. When oil is shimmering and hot enough (about 350 F if using a thermometer), add the wonton skins one at a time. Deep fry each side for about 30 seconds. Use a turner or tongs to flip the wonton skins over. Fry them a few at a time for best crispy results. Drain the fried wontons on parchment paper or paper towels. Set aside.
To cook the beef filling: in the same skillet, use 1 tablespoon leftover oil (discard the rest), sauté the garlic, onions and ground beef for 1 to 2 minutes. When beef starts to turn from pink to brown, add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and tomato paste on top. Blend well. Continue cooking for 8 minutes or more till the beef is cooked completely. Remove from heat and set aside.
To assemble the pizza beef wontons: on each fried wonton, spread 1-2 tablespoons of pizza sauce, top with 1 tablespoon of the cooked beef filling, add bell pepper, onion strips, olives. Sprinkle 1-2 teaspoons of cheese on top.
Put the individual crisp pizza beef wontons in the oven toaster. Over a HIGH setting, place the pizza beef wontons and toast for 1 to 2 minutes till cheese is melted and starts to drip down the sides. Using a pair of tongs, take out the pizza beef wontons carefully from the oven toaster. Arrange them on a large serving platter. Serve warm.
COOK’S COMMENTS: Feel free to add other pizza toppings desired like pepperoni, mushrooms, Italian sausages, vegetables, or anything available.
COOKING TIP: To save time, I fry the wonton skins ahead, drain them of excess oil on parchment paper and then store them in an air-tight container till they are ready to be assembled. Stores well for 1 to 2 days.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 1161mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2.5mg