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Asian Beef in Crisp Wonton Cups

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Serves 6-8

Yields 24 hors d'oeuvres.

Ever-versatile wontons make crispy “wraps” for these inspired appetizers.

  • 24 square wonton wrappers
  • 1/2 lb. beef tenderloin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red pepper (about half a medium pepper)
  • 1/4 cup scallions, finely sliced (both green and white parts)
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 2 Tbs. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. chile paste with garlic (or chile garlic sauce)
Tip:
The wonton cups will keep, unfilled, in an airtight container for up to a week. Fill them right before serving or they'll get soggy.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Using mini (2-inch) muffin tins, press the wonton wrappers down into the tin, laying back the corners to make a defined cup. Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool.

Meanwhile, season the beef liberally with salt and pepper. Turn on the exhaust fan. Heat an ovenproof sauté pan over high heat until very hot. Add the beef and sear, rolling it onto all sides in the dry pan until it's lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook until medium rare (130°F on an instant-read thermometer), 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. Let the beef rest for 5 minutes and then cut it into julienne (long, thin strips).

Combine the beef, red pepper, and scallions in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, and chile paste and stir until the sugar dissolves. Toss with the beef mixture. Fill the cooled wonton cups with the filling, about 1 Tbs. per cup.

Make Ahead Tips

A few of the wonton cups may collapse during baking; be prepared to bake a few extras, just in case.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 140; Fat (g): fat g 3; Fat Calories (kcal): 25; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1; Protein (g): protein g 9; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 19; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 640; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 20; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This recipe was spot on. I love Thai Beef Salad and the flavors were fantastic. Easy to make, and it looks great. At first I was a little concerned that the beef was too rare, but it seemed to "cook" a little more in the lime juice and fish sauce.

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