I am excited about these Cheeseburger Tartlets, and I will tell you why. This is the first recipe that I have ever developed completely out of my own head! Before you get nervous, remember that it has already been tested on my own family, and not only did they survive the experiment, they asked for more! 😀
Anyone who knows me well realizes that this is huge. Historically, while I have always been interested in eating, I was not really all that interested in cooking. I mucked through preparing dinner for many years, relying heavily on microwaveable convenience foods or super-simple dishes like spaghetti or grilled cheese. At the time, I just did not have the time or energy or tools to do more than that. While I don't really have any more time or energy now than I used to, I have better tools to get myself organized and I have found a system that I can sustain (see my post about Cozi.com, the tool I use to do my meal and shopping plans!).
Anyway, now that I am not only cooking more, but also blogging about it, I have gotten inspired by reading others' blogs and seeing the original recipes that they develop! I decided to give it a go. I don't know that I will be doing this all the time...even though it was fun, it was also a lot of work.
But I wanted to try to make something that was fun to eat, tasty, kid-friendly, and most of all, easy! These tartlets are crunchy, hand-held fun from beginning to end. The boys and DH loved them. The toppings are customizable by the consumer, so Thing 2 could easily avoid his dreaded tomatoes.
But, here is the best part....there is veggie nutrition hidden in the ground beef (shhhh...it is cauliflower!) and in the lettuce (added shredded spinach...and no one suspected a thing!). So if you have trouble getting your kids to eat veggies, here is a perfect way to sneak some into them.
- cooking spray (I used canola oil spray)
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups frozen or fresh cauliflower
- 1 cup shredded cheddar
- 1 to mato (diced)
- 1/2 cup shredded lettuce
- 1/2 cup shredded spinach
- pickles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using a 12 cup muffin tin (or two 6 cup tins), spray each cup lightly but thoroughly with cooking spray.
- Press a wonton wrapper into each cup and spray each with cooking spray.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes, until crispy.
- Remove from oven and set aside.
- Add onion and ground beef to a large skillet and brown the ground beef until done.
- Meanwhile, steam cauliflower in the microwave until very soft.
- Mash the cauliflower thoroughly (I used a food processor) and combine with ground beef mixture.
- Distribute the ground beef/cauliflower mixture among the wontons (there will be some left over), and sprinkle each with shredded cheese.
- Bake another 3-4 minutes until cheese has melted.
- Combine the shredded lettuce and shredded spinach in a bowl.
- Serve with diced tomato, shredded lettuce/spinach mix, and pickles.
Thing 2 rating = (4 out f 5 biscuits). I think he just docked me the one biscuit because I tried to get him to eat some tomatoes! 😛
Do you have other strategies for getting veggies into your kids? Please share!