Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thai Peanut Slaw in Won Ton Cups

I really debated about showing my bottom to you all. It's become old, dimpled and spotted over the years and it's just not something I'm proud of. However, in the interest of helping you through this recipe, I'm obliged to take one for the team and just let it all hang out. Please forgive me for posting something so distasteful.

I'm speaking of the bottom of my muffin pan, of course. I've had it forever and the only reason you're seeing it now is because the little cups that this salad sets in are made by draping won ton wraps over the bottom of the muffin cups before they're baked.

See? Beautiful little shells to showcase this ridiculously easy and fantastic salad.

Thai Peanut Slaw In Won Ton Cups (makes 18 mini-salads)

18 won ton wraps
1 (12 oz) package of rainbow slaw (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and red cabbage)
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
2 TBSP sugar (I used Splenda)
1/3 cup water
1 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 TBSP sesame oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 lime, juiced
3 green onions, green parts only, diced
1/3 cup peanuts, chopped
1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn two (12 cup) muffin tins over and lightly spray cup bottoms with cooking spray. Spray one side of won ton with cooking spray and drape lightly (sprayed side down) over each muffin cup, molding it gently around the cup to shape it. Lightly spray the won ton cups again with cooking spray and place pan in oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove and cool on wire rack before removing cups from pan.

In a microwave-safe bowl combine the peanut butter, sugar, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir well until smooth. Add lime juice and stir again. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place slaw mix into a medium size mixing bowl. Combine slaw with dressing. You may or may not need all the slaw or all the dressing depending on how "dressed" you like your salads.

Fill won ton cups with salad mixture. Top with green onions, peanuts and sesame seeds.

These will stay crisp for several hours, but the won ton cups will start to lose their crispness after that.

24 comments:

Moogie said...

Love it!!!! Not the pan, the recipe.

Julie said...

Funny you say this! I posted some muffins recently in the pan and noticed it was looking a little sad.

These look delicious. Love thai flavors.

The Mom Chef said...

I love your dimpled bottom! Thank you for sharing this secret. I had no idea that it would be that easy to make salad cups. Duh!

Quirky Jessi said...

I have a tiny obsession with using wonton wrappers for all sorts of things, so these just look absolutely delicious to me. Yum.

And as for pans looking a little rough, that just tells me it's a really good pan. Cheap pans won't take the abuse so it's usually only solid pans that survive and have the scars to show it.

UrMomCooks said...

Luv the wonton cups! Awesome idea! The salad looks delicious - wonderful flavors.

scrambledhenfruit said...

That salad looks great, especially in those wonton cups!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

what a great idea to use muffin pan to bake won ton cups, Thanks for sharing, will try soon.

Design Wine and Dine said...

Well...I for one am happy you showed us the bottom of that pan because let's not all pretend we don't have more than a few of those stashed away! They show they are used and ...loved!

These are SO COOL - looks deicious!

Barbara said...

I'm smiling at your "bottoms" Mags! The best pans look like that!
Super recipe...I love the idea of salad in the won ton cups!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Genius, Mags! Not only do I love this innovative, light but zesty slaw recipe, the technique you've used here really puts it over the top. I fully intend to copy your wonton cups in the most shameless way for any number of cooking purposes!

briarrose said...

Fabulous recipe. I will have to try these. They look so lovely in their little won ton cups.

Pam said...

Great wonton cups! They look delicious! You make it sound easy too. Don't know where I've been but I just saw Gavin on your Halloween post. What a doll!!!! He is soooo cute!!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Such a clever idea. I'm thinking mini ones would be a fabulous appetizer for a party.

June said...

Geez - where the heck have I been hiding! Using the bottom to "drape" wontons over instead of putting them inside the cups is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Thanks Mags - good lookin' salad too.

Carolyn said...

Your bottom may be dimply but it sure is useful! I love this recipe.

Barbara said...

I have GOT to try this recipe! It sounds scrumptious! I'll have to downsize it for two, though. Hopefully I can bake extra cups and fill them for a second day because I know I'm going to want more!

I showed hubs my bottom the other day and he says to get a new one because it's time to let go. Sob.

Cookin' Canuck said...

That dimpled bottom made one fantastic recipe. I'd love to serve this to my family or at a dinner party.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I've tried the won ton cups thing before, but it has never really worked for me. I'm feeling inspired to give it another try, though... These look great!

Nanan said...

You make me giggle all the time - that is a good thing!!!! - Recipe looks refreshing! Nice and crunchy!

Razor Reel said...

Hi... I just found you through Stumble Upon. This recipe looks delicious. Have saved it in my favorites.

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Wonderful recipe! I just love it. This is like eating an open lumpia and not fried in oil. Now I know what to do with my idle muffin pans. Thanks!

Natalie said...

oh my gosh I am loving everything about this recipe! Perfect party food!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

You are hilarious. Always love reading your blog because it is often so outrageous! Oh, yes, and the recipes are great, too!

Terri said...

These look and sound absolutely amazing! They would be perfect for a BBQ party with Teriyaki Chicken. Bookmarked!