Ricotta Spinach Cups – a gorgeous little appetizer

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RICOTTA-SPINACH CUPS

Pretty little bites, just right for a quick lunch with a crisp green salad.  They can also be used as appetizers for any party.  Guests will adore these and most of the work can be done ahead.

Pre-bake the wrappers and store them in an airtight container once cool.  Make the filling and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.  These are good hot or room temperature.

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Vegetable cooking spray
24 small square wonton wrappers
1 cup ricotta cheese
One 10-ounce frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
2 eggs
1 tablespoon cream
1 clove garlic, through a press
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray the cups of a 12-muffin pan with the vegetable cooking spray.  Gently press one wrapper into reach cup and lightly spray the wrapper with the spray.  Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.  Repeat with remaining wrappers.

In a small bowl combine the ricotta, spinach, eggs, cream, garlic, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cayenne, and 1/4 cup Parmesan.  Replace 12 of the baked cups into the muffin pan.  Fill with one tablespoon of filling mixture.  Sprinkle with more grated parmesan.  Lay a piece of aluminum foil lightly over the pan and return to the oven. Bake for 17 minutes.  Remove to wire rack to cool.  Repeat with remaining cups and filling.  Makes 24 pieces.

Per Cup: Calories 50; Protein 4 g; Fat 2 g; Carbs 3g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 119 mg

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Jessica says:

    This is such a creative idea! I love it!

  2. Judy says:

    these look amaaaaaazing. I love ricotta, and I love cheese, and put them together in a wonton cup and I love it.

    I’ve had these as canapes before, and it’s always left me hunkering for more. Just isn’t good to go chasing down the waiter at a party, so thanks for the recipe!

  3. Lisa says:

    This looks great! I didn’t know you could bake wonton wrappers! haha…

  4. What a clever idea. Can’t wait to try them for a party.

  5. thebitessite says:

    Looks awesome, and I would love for someone to give me when of those if I went to their house. Gorgeous.

  6. Marilyn says:

    Wow Linda, Can’t wait to try these. What a great idea for a winter party where warm appetizers are wanted. Great idea as usual. Thank you.

  7. LuAnn says:

    Well aren’t these the scrumptious treats! Thank you!

  8. Peggy says:

    these sound delicious in the cup or by the spoonfuls!

  9. Kevin says:

    These would make great appetizers!

  10. Eliza28 says:

    These look great!!

  11. anna says:

    I made these over the holiday season and unfortunately store bought or home made wonton wrappers do not fluff up like they appear in the picture.
    I altered the recipe, dialed down the ricotta, and included cream cheese and feta because they tasted somewhat plain otherwise.
    I would definitely make these again but with my altered recipe.

    1. Linda says:

      The wonton wrappers I used are the standard ones you buy in the tofu section of the supermarket. I didn’t do anything special to them…simply sprayed with a little PAM.

  12. These are delicious. I made these awhile back and they are so tasty. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

  13. Nancy Carol says:

    I had homemade Ricotta… made with left over whey from a Mozzarella cheese making day… Love 50 ways to use store bought won ton wrappers… win win and yummy! Great appitizers!

  14. Phyllis says:

    Could I replace the wonton wrappers with squares of pie dough and 1 tablespoon of cream with half & half?

    1. Linda says:

      Yes, I think the pie dough would work great…and yes to the half & half!!

    2. Nancy Carol says:

      Think pie dough would work perhaps roll thinner or increase cooking time a bit

  15. Dominique says:

    Made these wonderful apps for a news years party, they were a hit……. So YUMMY 🙂 thank you for sharing such a great recipe!!!!!

  16. DTK says:

    I’ve made these numerous times for parties. I purchase mini phyllo pastry shells in the frozen food section (available in Safeway or Fred Meyer in the NW ) in place of the wonton wrappers. MUCH more convenient. I also replace the ricotta with 3/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese with 1/4 cup ricotta. You can also freeze them in the package the shells come in and have appetizers when company stops over (increase baking time by 7-10 minutes). And I add about 1.5 tsp of fresh oregano – or 1 tsp dried oregano.

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