Appetizers are notorious for being fat-bombs... It seems everything that is typically available is either fried, dripping with cheese, or fried and dripping with cheese. The default alternative is usually a veggie tray that gets completely ignored. These are a good alternative and they look like you really did something, when actually they are pretty easy.
What you need:
EVOO ((That's extra virgin olive oil to you))
24 round wonton wrappers ((you can find these in the produce section of the grocery store typically))
1 14 oz can of artichoke hearts in water, drained and coarsely chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
2 oz mozzarella cheese, grated ((like a handful))
1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated ((like half a handful))
1 lemon ((for zest... don't be scared, hang on))
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fat-free mayo
1 garlic clove, pressed
Preheat the oven to 350.
Take the wonton wrappers and brush them lightly with olive oil using a basting brush on one side. Place the wrapper into a mini muffin tip, pressing it down into the cup part evenly with the oiled side up. Bake for 6 minutes or just until edges turn a light golden brown. Remove to a rack.
In a large-ish bowl, combine the artichoke hearts, red pepper, mozzarella, Parmesan, parsley, mayo, and garlic. Zest a little bit of lemon over the top, maybe 1/4 of a teaspoon is all you need. ((TIP: I've done this. I've seen other people do it. To zest a lemon, just take a very fine grater or microplaner and run it LIGHTLY over the outside of the lemon. You want the yellow stuff, NOT the white stuff. The white stuff is bitter and will make whatever you are scraping it on taste horrible. Use a light touch and a little goes a long way.)) Combine well. ((I made this concoction ahead of time and refrigerated it for about two hours. I think it turned out better than the time I did it immediately before, but I have a bias that I think everything is better after it sits for a while so there you have it.))
Using a spoon, add a small scoop to each of the wonton wrappers. Sprinkle with a little more Parmesan.
Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are golden brown and the cheese is starting to melt. Remove from pan and serve immediately.
|Not the greatest picture, but I was in a hurry. Sorry.|
Nutritional Info: Win! 1 cup contains approximately 60 calories and 3 grams of fat. Just don't eat the whole pan and you're good.
Look at the great gift my friend Amy, aka the host of the party, got me!
|I wonder if she ever went by Jules?|
Today is Operation Move Deb and Not Kill My Back or Anyone Else. Moving is so fracking stressful, especially for someone with an obsessive-compulsive-clean-freak bent. Add in that the movers will be there sometime after they finish their other job and no, they don't know when that is and hopefully they can get it all done today. Argh. I can already sense this is going to be a bit of a long day, especially because both Deb and I are morning people who would much rather get things going basically right NOW. ((It's 5 am and I've been up for an hour. This is not unusual.)) So anyway, wish me luck and post bail if necessary!