These sausage, salsa and cheese filled wonton shells will disappear by halftime! My personal football fanatic taste testers gave these Mini Mexican Tarts their seal of approval! Many thanks to Gallo Family Vineyards for sponsoring today’s post.
The Peak of Football Season
Oh, boy, the tension was growing. Our two favorite teams were still in the running, and I had to busy myself in the kitchen during the games as the family’s nervous energy was contagious. So I went to work and whipped up some irresistible munchies for mid-game. Of course, the gang was way too wound up to eat, but when the game clock ticked down to zero, they were all over these appetizers. And we toasted the double win with beer, sodas and my favorite Gallo wines.
Easy and Elegant
These babies may look complicated, but I guarantee that they were a cinch to prepare. I oiled my mini muffin tin, then inserted wonton wrappers into each cup. Next, I sautéed up some Italian sausage with a touch of minced garlic, then added salsa, a can of chopped green chiles and some cheese. A spoonful of the spicy filling was scooped into each cup then popped in the oven. To ensure the bottoms got crispy, the mini tarts were removed from the tin and placed on a baking sheet for another short stint in the oven. Cooled for a minute or two, they were ready for prime time. My football fans shoveled them into their mouths at a record pace.
If you have company, feel free to garnish with a little dollop of sour cream, sliced olives, cheese, cilantro or whatever tickles your fancy. And be certain to stock your bar with a few bottles of Gallo Family Vineyards’ wines for the Big Game. I always have a bottle of Pinot Grigio chilled and ready to go. Crisp and refreshing, the flavors of green apple, white peach and citrus make it delightfully sippable. For a red option, you cannot go wrong with their Cabernet Sauvignon with its nuances of black currant and blackberry. It pairs deliciously with dark chocolate—which you regular readers know is always plentiful at our house. Make sure to scroll down for helpful hints and pairings for your next football party from the kind folks at Gallo.
More Terrific Inspiration for Your Next Football Bash from My Sunday Supper Friends:
- Bacon and Cheese Pretzel Bites by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Bacon Wrapped Bison Burger Sliders by Nosh My Way
- Baked Southwestern Eggrolls by Flavor Mosaic
- Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Fries by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Cheesy Baked Arancini by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Chorizo Cheese Dip by Casa de Crews
- Cuban Sandwich Sliders by Recipe for Perfection
- Everything Bagel Breadsticks & Smoked Salmon Dip by Foxes Love Lemons
- Kicked Up Texas Caviar by Ruffles & Truffles
- Mini Mexican Tarts by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mexican Chicken Meatballs with Queso by Curious Cuisiniere
- Philadelphia Cheesesteak Dip by Family Foodie
- Pizza Quinoa Bites by Alida’s Kitchen
- Polenta Crostini with Mushroom Sauce by Brunch with Joy
- Rosemary White Bean Dip by Magnolia Days
- Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Sausage & Caramelized Onion Pita Pizza by The Messy Baker
- Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings and Onion Rings by Nik Snacks
- Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweet & Spicy Mango Meatballs by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- ¾ pound mild Italian sausage
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup salsa (the less chunky, the better)
- 4 ounce can diced green chiles, drained
- ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- Olive oil
- 24 wonton wrappers
- Sour cream
- Diced red bell pepper
- Sliced olives
- Shredded cheese
- Cook sausage in large skillet, breaking it into small pieces. When sausage is no longer pink, add garlic and sauté a couple more minutes. Drain excess fat. Add salsa, cheeses, and chiles and cook for about 5 minutes, till mixture thickens. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed. Cool completely.
- Preheat oven to 375º. Brush mini muffin tin with olive oil. Carefully press a wonton wrapper into each muffin cup. Fill each cup with a rounded tablespoon of the sausage mixture. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes, till edges of wontons start to brown.
- Remove tarts from muffin tin onto a baking sheet. Bake about 8 more minutes. Cool a few minutes, garnish as desired and serve warm.
Gallo Family Vineyards Can Assist with your Game Day Party Planning
- Please check out more information on Gallo’s terrific Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Unsure where to find GFV’s wines in your area? Here’s their handy dandy Store Locator.
- Plus tons of recipes, wine pairing suggestions and more on the GFV website.
- Gallo’s Football Finger Foods
- Tips on hosting the Big Game from Gallo Family Vineyards
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