Mediterranean Poppers

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Author Notes: Horiatiki is a rustic Greek country salad; tomatoes, feta, olives and cucumber dressed with olive oil and oregano are the most standard elements in an American Greek version; I started making it after seeing drbab’s Food52 recipe.

Inspired by an onsite contest to make a one bite appetizer I thought why not the Mediterranean flavors of a Horiatiki? Since then I’ve served these poppers often; they are healthy and fancy, schmancy, always the first to go, oh and by the way, depending on your bite could possibility end up being a two bite appetizer!
lapadia

Makes 12-15 poppers, depending on how full the wonton is filled

  • FILLING: ingredients are for 12-15 poppers
  • 2 Persian or pickling sized cucumbers - 1 cup diced
  • 12 Cherry tomatoes
  • 12 Kalamata olives
  • 12 Feta cheese cubes – a little smaller than the olive
  • Herbes De Provence (I prefer it to oregano)
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Mini tart pan
  • 15 Wonton Wrappers
  1. Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence and fresh ground pepper. Let the ingredients sit and infuse, give it a stir now and then. Set aside until needed.
  2. Spray the wonton wrappers with a buttery spray (such as Pam) on both sides; line the mini tart pan with them pressing lightly into the middle to form a cup.
  3. Bake at 350° until the edges are crispy and brown, about 10-12 minutes. Let cool. NOTE - for a make ahead see the note below.
  4. Cut the filling ingredients into thirds and let sit in the refrigerator until ready to assemble. Can be done at least 3 hours ahead.
  5. About an hour before serving, fill each wonton cup - if needed, to minimize excessive liquid use a slotted spoon.
  6. Drizzle with a little olive oil mixture.
  7. Serve.
  8. NOTE TO MAKE IT AHEAD:
  9. Prepare to the end of step 3 (up to 2 days ahead), store in an airtight container.
  10. Next day, continue with step 4 up to - up to three hours ahead of serving.
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25 days ago Bevi

Update: I am going to make these for Christmas for an appetizer. I think the red/green theme will be great. I am going for 50 since that's the count for a package of wontons. It's so easy to assemble these, it is almost criminal! And people go wild for them. Thanks for a recipe that I make over and over again!

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25 days ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

They are wonderful, I made them a while back and posted on my blog. They are delicious.

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25 days ago lapadia

Thanks ladies, there is nothing better than the encouragement of friends!
Bevi, I had fun with your Bionocular “Bino” Bites, and not to forget Suzanne’s Pandoro Bread Pudding, both so tasty. xo

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over 1 year ago JanetFL

Love one-bite appetizers and these are beautiful!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks JFL!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I still think these are the most beautiful and clever little salads I've ever seen.

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks B! The perfect contest to bring this recipe out of archive to share again. :)

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over 1 year ago Bevi

Sorry for the late comment. I made these for a July 4th party and they were a smash hit! They were simple to put together, and people really liked the presentation! I used a slotted spoon to put the filling into the wonton cups to keep out excess liquid.

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks for the feedback, Bevi! I like your slotted spoon idea...

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love this, lapadia! I hope you and your family have wonderful holidays.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, drbabs! I can't stress enough how, Horiayaki has been my go to salad. Best of the Season to you and yours!

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almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

These are so cute! To echo Sdebrango --brilliant! I will definitely be doing these...maybe alternating some with lamb and tzatziki sauce as a kind of mini gyro?

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, Lori! I made some more tonight, my husband loves them. Your mini gyro sound great, I was thinking of tzatziki as well. I assembled a little different than written here; I tossed all filling ingredients in the oil mixture, let sit in the fridg until needed. Filled the wonton wrappers just before serving. I haven't been able to edit my omission (oops) - a couple oomments down I have the "edits" written as it should be...as well there is a link to my site showing it in perfect form. Cheers to the Season!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow, like a salad in a cute little cup, brilliant.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, sderango! Let me know if you try them and Happy Holidays!

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almost 3 years ago Niknud

hahaha! It's like a taco salad.....but WAY classier. And greek. So maybe the analogy doesn't hold. At least I won't feel guilty when I devour a whole heap of them. These look so delicious and delicate!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Enjoy Nikud and thanks for the comment! Here is a link with this recipe on my site, there aren't any instruction lines omitted, I still need to edit the one posted here, but can't at the moment.
http://lapadia.wordpress...

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almost 3 years ago Panfusine

OOh, love this idea!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, Panfusine, that is what my husband said, too! :) If you try these check the comment below, I couldn't get in to edit before deadline...oops!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

NOTE FROM RECIPE AUTHOR: After step 4 it should read as follows:
5. Fill each wonton cup with one of each = tomato, cucumber, olive and feta.
6. Drizzle with olive oil mixture. Serve
And then continue on with what should have been step 7 & 8.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Recipe is edited (12-11-11) now.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks, HLA! Yes these "were' fresh...all of them eaten up in no time!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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These look really appetizing and fresh. I love all the flavors you've combined. Yum!