Star Wars Menu: “Tauntaun Wontons” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar
They are delicious on the inside and outside!
The perfect food to serve at a pre-Battle of Hoth party. Spicy, crunchy, creamy, cheesy—all the qualities you want to eat before you head out to the frigid wasteland of Hoth. Facing numerous AT-AT walkers will be a snap after you eat these! They are usually not made with actual tauntaun meat, you know, because the flesh of those beasties is a bit fragrant.
1 pound hot Italian bulk sausage (or chorizo)
8 ounces light cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
2 large eggs
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup prepared salsa (any variety)
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
12-ounce package of wonton skins
4 ounces sharp Cheddar, finely shredded
Optional garnish: prepared guacamole and/or Sriracha sauce
Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Fry the sausage in the skillet until the pink is gone. Drain and set aside. Place the cream cheese in a large glass bowl and microwave until it is very soft, but not liquefied (about 20-30 seconds). Whisk the eggs, salt, and pepper into the cheese well. Whisk the salsa and scallions into the cream cheese mixture well, then add the sausage; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat 48 miniature muffin cups with cooking spray. Carefully push a wonton skin into each cup. Try to keep them all opened up. Spray the wontons with additional cooking spray. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven and open up any tips that have fallen over while they are hot. Divide filling into each; start with approximately 1 tablespoon of cheese filling, then distribute the rest evenly. Sprinkle the Cheddar cheese evenly over all (about 1 teaspoon on each). Bake 10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired. Cover and chill leftovers. Makes 48.
Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Astrid Tuttle Winegar is currently working on the second edition of “Cooking for Halflings and Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls.” She loves Middle-earth, Narnia, the Final Frontier, and many other things besides. She has a special love for the Galaxy Far, Far Away. She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband. Visit her website for more information: Astrid Tuttle Winegar | Cooking for Halflings & Monsters. Staff Reporter.