Friday, January 4, 2013

Awesome Appetizers: Goat Cheese Wantons

Although the biggest party season of the year is now behind us, it's always a good idea to have a list of go-to appetizers that are easy to make. You never know when company might stop by, right? And a good host or hostess always has a treat to offer his or her guests.

I offer you: the goat cheese wantons. I've been making these delicious little bites of goodness since my roommates and I hosted a wine and cheese party during our college days. Warm cheese and a crunchy wanton wrapper in a two-bite snack - what more can you ask for?

What you Need:
Wanton wrappers
Goat cheese
Butter, melted (optional)
Balsamic vinegar (optional)

What you Do:
- Lay out 12 wanton wrappers on a baking sheet
- Spoon about half a teaspoon of goat cheese onto each flat wanton wraper
- Use melted butter (or warm water) and dab a drop onto each corner of the wanton wrapper, then fold the corners up and pinch together so the wrapper closes (see photo)
- Bake in the oven at 325ยบ for 10-12 minutes, or until the wanton wrappers are golden brown. The cheese should be melted by this time.

A package each of wanton wrappers and goat cheese could easily yield 24-30 baked goat cheese wantons. I love using herb goat cheese for a little extra flavor. Since the cheese tends to be a bit dry, try dipping the baked wantons into balsamic vinegar before taking a bite - it's delicious!  

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