Baked Beef Wontons with Bell Pepper
The following recipe shows you how to make baked beef wontons which also contain bell pepper for a colorful finish. Baking wontons is an alternative to frying them if you happen to have the oven on anyway or if you want to trim the fat content. These delicious little morsels make wonderful appetizers and it is up to you what shape you make them – open so you can see the beef and colorful bell pepper filling, or closed so the filling is a surprise.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Baked Beef Wontons
You could even make moneybags by pinching the tops closed so they look like moneybags, but most people like to leave these open, so people can see the flavorful beef mixture inside these baked beef wontons. These are baked at the highest oven temperature your oven will reach, so the beef cooks and the wonton wrappers crisp up. Not every oven goes as high as 500 degrees F so you might need to extend the cooking time or sauté the beef first to brown it. In fact, you might want to do that anyway, just to ensure the beef is cooked through.
Feel free to alter the ingredients in this baked beef wontons recipe, perhaps swapping the red and green bell pepper for yellow or orange bell pepper, or even adding some zucchini or mushrooms to the mix. The cream cheese is not a traditional Chinese food ingredient (in fact, very little dairy is used in Chinese cooking) but it does make the meat mixture lovely and creamy, so you will probably want to leave it in.
- ½ lb (250g) lean ground (minced) beef
- ¼ grated onion or ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 2 oz (60g) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons grated Cheddar cheese
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 4 tablespoons finely diced green bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro (fresh coriander)
- 36 square wonton wrappers
- 1 lightly beaten egg white
- Combine the beef with the onion, both kinds of cheese, breadcrumbs, taco seasoning, cilantro, the whole egg and the bell pepper in a bowl. Use parchment paper to line a pair of baking sheets.
- Arrange the wonton skins on a dry work surface and add a heaped teaspoon of filling in the center of each one. Scrunch the tops of the wontons up so they look like half-open moneybags. Alternatively you can close them, sealing the edges, to make triangle shapes of another wonton shape.
- Arrange the finished wontons on the baking sheets, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) and bake the beef wontons for 7 minutes or until the wonton wrapper is golden brown and the filling is cooked. Serve hot.
You can see how these crunchy little treats just make you want to grab one and, served hot from the oven, these are appetizers which nobody is able to resist. The ground beef in these baked beef wontons is so good combined with the other ingredients and the amazing crispy wonton wrapper makes the perfect base. Whether you want to make a treat for your family or an appetizer for a dinner party or another get-together, you can’t go wrong with a baked wonton recipe. These are healthier than fried wontons, but every bit as flavorful. They are also quick to prepare and they don’t take long to bake either.