Mini lasagnas are on my mind and in my hands…

Mini Wonton Lasagnas

Like many of my friends, my friend Oliver is really into food. I wouldn’t say he’s as obsessed as I am, but I do know we share a tendency to pour over online menus, planning our meals before we even set foot in the restaurant. We also cook dinner together once a week before settling in to watch a few hours of (usually pretty trashy) TV. It’s one of those random routines that has worked fairly effortlessly for us for years.

The only hard part is deciding what to make each week. While our food preferences can vary a bit (I probably couldn’t pay him to try foie gras), the main issue is actually our timeline — we meet at 7pm and try to be done cooking within thirty minutes so we have ample TV time.

Even working with this limitation, we have put out some damn good food, including this crispy orange chicken and a roasted rack of pork with vegetables. But one of my favorite things we cooked recently were this little mini lasagnas, made by using wonton wrappers.

They are crazy easy to put together, are done cooking in less than twenty minutes (hooray!) and will satisfy any lasagna craving.

The recipe we used, which can be found here, was a great jumping off point. We decided the next time we made them that we would brush the wrappers in a bit of garlic oil first because they did have an ever-so-slight filminess (I’m guessing due to the starch used to keep the wrappers from sticking together).

I did end up making them a second time on my own and brushing them with oil definitely helped take that away. While I’m sure you could also moisten them a bit with water instead, I thought the oil added a little extra crispiness to the wrappers that was quite delicious. This really made them taste like the edge pieces from a lasagna pan (which are always the best part, in my opinion).

Either way these were a treat to eat and would be perfect for kids or as an hors d’oeuvre for a party. They are cheesy, garlicky and a little spicy — all good things!

Mini Wonton Lasagnas Mini Wonton Lasagnas Mini Wonton Lasagnas

Mini Lasagnas (makes 12-14)

  • 1/2 Cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/3 Pound of ground beef
  • 1 Cup pasta sauce
  • 1 Package wonton wrappers (you’ll need about 24-28)
  • 1 Cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Cups of both grated mozzarella and Parmesan
  • 3 Sprigs of fresh basil (optional)
  • Red chili flake (optional)
  • 2 TB garlic oil or olive oil (optional)
  • 2 Muffin tins

Sauté the garlic and onions until tender, add beef, cook until done. Drain of excess grease, season with salt, pepper and chili flake if using. Add pasta sauce.

Mix ricotta cheese with 1 cup each of the mozzarella and Parmesan (leaving 1 cup of each for later).

Lightly grease the muffin pans. Then layer one wonton wrapper in each muffin tin. Brush wrapper with oil, if using. Add a little scoop of cheese mixture, followed by a little bit of meat/sauce mixture.

Top that layer with one more wonton wrapper, brushed with oil. Repeat layering process. Top with reserved cheese.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, until brown and hot all the way through. Let sit for a few minutes to set.

Top with basil and serve!

I love food that's portable!

I love food that’s portable!

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17 thoughts on “Mini lasagnas are on my mind and in my hands…

  1. What lovely dainty lasagnes! I’m not sure Dan would forgive me if I told him we were having lasagne for dinner and presented him with those though, hahaha. He would require the entire batch. And then some.

    • Ha! My husband was very underwhelmed! He’d definitely prefer a big pan of cheesy gooey lasagna. But they are great for little potlucks or picnics. And they are surprisingly filling — I thought I’d be able to eat 4 of them and I had to stop after two. And I can eat!

  2. A fine finger food and — yes!!! — SUPER cute! 😉 For your second blog, you should do “Little Cute Food”. That would be huge!!! (The Japanese would LOVE it.) This recipe could be a good use for the bag of frozen Bolognese I keep stumbling over in the freezer.

    • I know — clearly I have a bit of a fixation! I should really consider a tiny cute food blog or a “finger food” blog. =) These definitely have the benefit of being a good way to use up odds and ends. I always seem to have enough cheese, beef and tomato sauce to do *something* with — but never a whole pan of lasagna. These are great because you can make as many or as few as you want.

      • And who doesn’t love crispy won ton wrappers as a canvas!?? I always feel ridiculously cliché when I serve spicy tuna on one… but it’s sooooo good!!!

    • I thought of you when making these — it made me think of your post a while ago on trying to find time to make lasagna. Next time, give these a shot — so easy! =) We take our trashy TV pretty seriously. It started years ago with Buffy the Vampire Slayer before moving on to Gossip Girl. Now we rotate through various shows: Vampire Diaries, the Originals, the Killing (which isn’t trashy, it’s just awesome!).

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