Wednesday, January 20, 2010

4 Best Whimisical Hors d'oeuvres: Thai Pumpkin Wonton Cups

This is the last in the series of 4 hors d'oeuvres put together for the new decade.  This one may not have eyes, but I think it still qualifies as whimsical.  The colors are oh-so-pretty, and these are fairly simple to make ahead and reheat for guests just before spooning on the fresh onion salsa!

What you need...

For the filling
1 can pumpkin puree
1 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar

For the salsa topping
1/2 medium red onion, sliced thinly
1 bunch cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
5 red chilies
1 lime, juiced and zested
Salt and pepper to taste

For the cups
1 package round wonton or dumpling wrappers
Sesame oil for brushing

Special equipment: pastry brush, mini cupcake tin

What to do with it all...
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Combine your salsa ingredients and set aside 

Brush one side of each wonton wrapper, and then place into a mini cupcake well, oiled side down

Combine all of your filling ingredients and spoon into each wonton (enough to reach the brim of the pan)

Bake for approx 15 mins or until wontons are golden

Remove from oven and spoon a little salsa into each cup


Thanks for following the whimsical hors d'oeuvres series.  Here's a look at the previous 3!

Olive penguins and mozzarella snowmen

Tomato bisque shots and mini grilled cheese

Olive oil blinis and fried quail eggs (mini pancakes and eggs)


  1. i love those! so adorable, especially the penguins and mini egg/pancakes

  2. Oh yum, the wontons look perfect! I made mini olive penguins for Christmas one year. Love them with the snowmen!

  3. I adore this recipe!! Long time I wanted to make some kind of cups with salad inside... and this is just perfect :)

    Enjoy your day, Margot

  4. Beautiful -- they look like little bouquets, they're so fresh and delicious!

  5. you are so amazingly creative where do you come up with these brillant artistic creations! love them :)

  6. all 4 were great - I think my favorites are tomato shots & pumpkin wontons... great job

  7. Your food style is tongue-n-cheek and sophisticated. I would devour each and everyone of these appetizers for their look of whimsy and bomb flavors.

  8. Don't end the series. It's been so much fun. Book deal maybe?

  9. I've really enjoyed this series. I hope it makes a triumphant return, back by popular demand!

  10. Love this! It's something that's easy to make but oh so elegant to look at! Almost too pretty to eat, but trust me, if I had access to them, I'd be gobbling it all up!

  11. They look adorable! I love your food art :)

  12. Pure genius....and guess what I have in the freeezer???????

  13. @Kitchen Butterfly - Won tons?? :)

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog! Admire your creativity and the so cute food-art realizations :)

    Have a great weekend,


  15. Well deserved. Congratulations!

  16. Those cups are genius... such a great series... who doesn't love great sequels???

  17. awesome cups! of a genius ! i shd try it soon!

  18. You have some incredibly fresh takes on the hor d'oeuvres category. The Thai wonton cups are an awesome idea I am going to have to use in the future at wine tastings.

  19. i don't know which I love more the wonton or the cute and i bet delish!

  20. I love those pictures. Are you having a new studio for your photo shots?

  21. looks delicious..its simple to make yet soo lovely to look at....yumm!!

  22. This looks so so amazing! :)))

  23. Very interesting appetizer! Great Photos.

  24. Beautiful work. Seems almost a shame to eat something so nice!

  25. Great looking recipes! I used to make those penguins a few years back. Used them once for a food sculpture of The Titanic. I had an inflatable Titanic, a cream cheese iceberg and little penguins all around. HUGE HIT!

    Anywho, I featured the recipe for thai pumpkin wonton cups on my blog, with all the appropriate acknowledgments of course. Its a blog all about food in a muffin pan. Come check it out!

  26. The wonton cups are beautiful, but those olive penguins are very cute!


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