wonton veggie pizza bites
Merry Christmas Eve!
I must say, I think Christmas Eve is probably my favorite times of the year. Just like the famous Christmas song, “All is quiet and all is calm.” There’s something magical in the air. On Christmas Eve, the world becomes quiet, reflective, and grateful. A true peace exists among mankind. The world takes one giant, deep breath. . . .sigh.
Besides the peaceful bliss of Christmas Eve, one of my favorite memories growing up was eating pizza for Christmas Eve dinner. Yep, yep! After hours of sitting in Catholic mass wearing a polyester red dress, you could imagine as a kid how stoked I was for some Pizza Hut pizza.
I’m not quite sure how the tradition started (Mom, maybe you’ll leave the details in a comment below?), but it’s definitely a favorite Wurth family tradition. We’d eat pizza around my grandparents table and talk about how my parents met while working at Pizza Hut back in the day. I remember always wanting more and more Parmesan cheese from the green bottle on top!
Once our bellies were full, we would immediately open presents. Oh, yes. We always celebrated Christmas early with my Grandpa Ray and Grandma Arlie. It was my favorite. Not only did we get to open presents early, but my grandmother would always hide a chocolate goodie in the Christmas tree and let my brothers and I find it. Man, I really miss them.
So, in honor of Christmas past, I thought I would make pizza, but with a twist. These wonton veggie pizza bites are super simple and easy to make. They are a great appetizer for the holiday party. Kids will love them because they are easy to eat. Plus, you can switch out any of the ingredients and make your favorite kind of pizza. Just remember, the more cheese, the better!
Merry Christmas, friends. I wish you a blessed and loving holiday from my home to yours.
Wonton Veggie Pizza Bites
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package small wonton wrappers
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
2 cups favorite marinara sauce (extra for dipping)
3 cups + more, mozzarella or pepper jack cheese, shredded
fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook mushrooms, onion, pepper in a little bit of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, cook until softened. Set aside.
In a mini muffin tin, gently press a wonton wrapper into the each hole. Top each wrapper with about a tablespoon of marinara sauce. Then top with about a tablespoon of the mushroom mixture and top with lots of cheese! Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove bites and place on tray. Garnish with basil and more marinara for dipping sauce alongside.
Lookit these delicious appetizers! I love the crisp of the wonton, the delicious veggies and melty cheese!
Thanks, Julia! There needs to be more recipes using wontons!
Awww…I am glad you have happy memories of Grandma Arlie and Grandpa Ray. I think they just decided it was easier to get pizza than to cook when your grandma got older. And truth be told, Grandpa had just “discovered” pizza about then. He was a meat and potatoes man, but when he realized just how good “supreme” pizza was; he started wanting it more than a fancy Christmas Eve dinner!
Merry Christmas! I am totally making those won ton pizza appetizers!
Ha! That’s awesome! We will make these when I’m in KC!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO FROM SPAIN Lauren.
I hope you and your family spend a wonderful holidays and may all your wishes come true next year.
It´s been a terrible year for us, specially for my sister whose son has cancer at the age of 24, but he´s now done with his chemo and recovering, he will be working soon, so I hope “our year 2013” even with that 13 in the end, is better than the last one.
A BIG KISS FROM US
gosh darnit! where were you and where were these wonton pizza bites tonight! I was supposed to bring an appetizer to a golden globe party. Crackers and hummus is not how you make friends. This is more my style. Too little too late! There is always next year I guess!!!
I found this recipe on pinterest and had some wontons that needed to be used, so I pinned it. All I can say is that these were so delicious and fun to make!!! Simple enough that the kids got to help assemble them. We had them for dinner so we added 2 pieces of pepperoni to each pizza cup. I charred the onions and peppers in my cast iron skillet prior to adding the portabellas and olive oil and also had some homemade marinara on hand which really took it up a notch!!! Now I’m inspired to see what other sorts of yummys I can make with wontons!! Thanks for the great recipe!!!
Thanks, Jessica! I am so glad you liked the recipe! I hope you have a great rest of the week!!