Monday, October 8, 2012

Use a Halloween stamp to add a touch of whimsy to your appetizers.

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Every year at our Halloween party I end up serving something topped or filled with Madeira Mushrooms. Why? Because I love them and so, apparently, do my adult party guests. This year they'll dine on Madeira Mushroom filled Won Tons that are, of course, decorated for Halloween. A store bought rubber stamp brushed with some food coloring will add all the decoration you need for these festive appetizers. 

For those of you who aren't big fans of mushrooms, try other fillings like flavored cream cheese or crab rangoon or ravioli fillings. There are so many options, so have fun with it.

I used an "Eat Drink and Be Scary" rubber stamp from Studio G for this project, but any new stamp will work. Just wash it in hot soapy water before starting.

Madeira Mushroom Filled Halloween Won Ton Appetizers
(makes 24)


Madeira Mushrooms
10 ounces Cremini mushrooms (aka Baby Bella Mushrooms)
10 ounces Shiitaki mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil  (not Extra Virgin) or vegetable oil
2 ounces Pancetta (or bacon)
2-3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 shallot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 roasted red peppers, finely chopped
3/4 cup Madeira Wine
1/4 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Won Tons
48 Square Won Ton Wrappers*
egg wash (1 egg mixed with a teaspoon of water)
black food coloring (or any other color you'd like)

Special Supplies Needed:

New, clean, Halloween rubber stamp
pastry brush and/or a clean food only sponge brush


Madeira Mushrooms:

Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Remove stems from Shiitaki mushrooms. Slice and set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a 12" skillet and set over medium high heat. Chop Pancetta or bacon into small pieces and sprinkle in hot pan. Cook, stirring often, until crisp. Remove the crispy Pancetta from the skillet, leaving the oil in the pan. Set the pancetta on a piece of paper towel to drain off any excess grease. 

Add the shallots to the hot pan and saute until translucent. Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add  the finely chopped roasted red peppers and cook just until all the liquid evaporates. Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside.

In the same hot skillet add a little over a teaspoon of oil and a pat of butter. As soon as the butter melts add a single layer of mushrooms to the pan. If you crowd the pan, the mushrooms will steam instead of caramelize. Once these mushrooms are brown, remove from pan. Add more oil and butter to the pan and repeat the process until all the mushroom are browned. 

Return mushrooms, Pancetta, and roasted red pepper mixture to the skillet. Pour in wine, beef broth, and balsamic vinegar. Scrape the bottom of the pan to remove all the brown bits and bring everything to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the moisture evaporates. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

At this point you can begin making your wont tons or you can refrigerate your mushrooms until ready to use. They will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

Brush a light coating of black food coloring onto the clean rubber stamp, using a foam brush or a pastry brush. Just be aware that if you use a pastry brush, the bristles will forever be tinted pink, yes, I said pink. Don't ask me why that happens, but it does. 

Press the stamp onto a won ton. Remove and set your won ton wrapper aside. Repeat until you have 24 stamped won tons. 

Brush the remaining won tons with egg wash. Equally divide the mushroom mixture among them, placing a scoop in the center of each. Top with a printed won ton wrapper and press around the edges to seal tightly. 

Bake until heated through and brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. They can also be fried at 375 degrees until golden brown, if you prefer.

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  1. This is so fantastic!! I would love to have a Halloween party just to make these!!

  2. Well that is just too cool!! Thanks.

  3. Absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What about the ink being toxic? Is this a problem?
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

    1. Hi Laurie, You use food coloring to create the stamped effect, not ink. You also need to use a new rubber stamp, one that hasn't been used for ink before and be sure to wash it before you use it.

  4. I love this idea! Thanks for giving me a great idea for this Halloween!

  5. Yum!! A super-clever idea that looks delicious!

  6. Thanks so much for the great giveaway pack! I can't wait to play with all the goodies inside it. And I just LOVE this idea of stamping the wontons- absolutely brilliant idea!

  7. Now THIS has gotten us into the holiday spirit!! Such a creative and tasty idea, a sure hit in my home!


  8. wow this is amazing!!! Such a great idea

  9. This is so cool! Does the egg wash smear the stamp on the wonton paper? I feel like the egg wash would ruin the stamped design?

    1. Hi B, you brush the egg wash on the plain wrappers, then put the filling in the center, then top that with the stamped won ton. So the stamped won ton never gets brushed with egg wash. Sorry if that wasn't clear in the directions.

  10. this is a brilliant way to use stamps beth! i want to go ahead and stamp all my food ;)

  11. Those are awesome! That is such a genius idea to use stamps! I would have never thought of that. You're so clever! Great, now I'm hungry :) I'm crossing my fingers you'll share this at my Throwback Thursday party! Thank you for sharing and I hope to see you there :)

  12. Those turned out so cool and are totally making my mouth water, they sound just delicious!

  13. Those sound delicious but I absolutely love the stamp ... how clever are you??

  14. These are really impressive! Wow...

    I would love for you to link these at my Weekend Meal Planner Linky

  15. How come I'm not as brilliant as you are Beth? Featuring, pinning, tweeting - you get the idea! Thank you so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! - Trish

  16. If I choose to fry instead of bake, will the food colouring fade or disappear?

  17. If I decide to fry them instead of bake them, will the stamp design still be visible?

    1. Yes, oddly enough the design does not wash off in the hot oil. I've fried stamped won tons for many occasions and they work great. I did try to make ravioli using this idea but it didn't work. When immersed in boiling water the design does wash off.

  18. What a spectacular idea, thank you for sharing!

  19. Good morning~I have featured this recipe on my blog today for my Halloween Ideas post. I have linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site. Thank you for allowing me to share! Here is the link:

  20. We featured these on our Mouth Watering Mondays post, come on by to see at Cheers, Tara

  21. Can you cook them before hand and then freeze them? Or freeze them uncooked?

    1. I've not tried either, but would think you could do both. I would opt for making them and baking them first, freezing, thawing, and just reheating in the oven before serving.


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