Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Philly Cheesesteak Cupcakes

This cupcake combines two of my most favorite things.... Cheese and meat! And get this....it's healthy! With only 3 weight watchers points plus a cupcake, it's easy to eat a couple and not feel guilty!

The idea came from one of my favorite healthy food blogs, Emily Bites.  Her ideas are great and she often write about her "cupcakes"... which are all made with wonton wrappers.   So yes, I know that isn't really a cupcake, but they are still delicious.   I did struggle to find the wonton wrappers at first, but once I knew where to look (and what the package looked like) I had no problem.    The wonton wrappers are often found in the "vegetarian" part of the produce section... yes, I am aware of the fact that the entire produce section is vegetarian.  But there is the section that has all the tofu and vegetarian "meat replacements", which is where you will find it :)

Overall, these are SUPER easy.   They took maybe 15 minutes of prep time, most of which was actually slicing up the vegetables and getting that all prepared.   And you can really be creative and add things to your cheesesteaks.  I personally dont like mushroooms, so left them out, but if you want to, I'm sure it would work!

The one thing that I didn't do that I wish I had was to mix the velveeta in with the meat and veggies.  I tried to just melt it and put on top of each cupcake, but it was really hard to transfer.  So for the second layer I mixed the melted cheese right in with the meat and veggies and it worked a lot better!

And you may be wondering why I chose to use Velveeta rather than some other "healthier" cheese....  but as any person who has spent time in Philly knows, a real cheesesteak has cheez wiz on it!  And the healthiest option to cheese wiz is Velveeta :)  You of course would use something else, but where is the fun in that??

I will DEFINITELY be making these again, as they are a great healthy party food!

Philly Cheesesteak Cupcakes
Makes 12

  • 24 Wonton wrappers
  • 7 oz deli roast beef (one package), cut into strips
  • one small onion, cut into strips
  • one green pepper, cut into strips
  • 8 oz of velveeta, melted in microwave, but not burned
  • cooking spray 
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. On medium heat, cook onions and green peppers until soft.  
  3. Add in chopped up roast beef and cook for an addition 5 minutes, until the roast beef is brown.
  4. Turn heat to low and add in melted velveeta and and mix to combine. 
  5. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and put a wonton wrapper in each of the muffin spots.
  6. Spread about half of  the meat/onion/cheese mixture into the 12 cups.
  7. Add another wonton wrapper to each cup (I turned the corners a different direction to give it a tiered shape).  Spread the remaining mixture on top.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges start to brown.  Enjoy :) 
 Recipe Inspired by Emily Bites

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