Samosa Cups are crunchy little bundles of seasoned ground meat, onions, and African spices. They are a delicious shortcut to traditional samosa.
My neighbor Alice was born and raised in Tanzania. She’s an amazing mom, nurse, friend, and cook. She has always been quick to offer me advice when one of the kids is hurt or sick, saving me many a panicked moment. However, one of the best gifts she ever gave me was to introduce me to samosas.
Last fall her son ran over to our house with a plate of these deep fried things that I had never seen before. Oh my word. I can’t tell you how amazingly delicious they are! Mmmmm.
Immediately, I was texting her to find out what awesomeness was inside. The woman is amazing. Alice makes the dough by hand instead of buying prepackaged dough, cooks the meat with spices and onion, and then fries each one to a golden brown perfection.
Problem is: I’m lazy. I wasn’t quite up to the task of making a homemade dough as well as a rich filling AND standing over the fryer.
Instead, I came up with a fun little cheat that allows me to enjoy the delicious flavor of samosas with a lot less work. You’re going to love it!
I think I originally saw the wonton cup idea on Pinterest. I knew immediately that it would work well with a samosa filling. While samosas don’t generally have cheese, I added mild jack cheese to help hold the cups together. It is a winning combination.
You can make these with beef or turkey, but after multiple tests, I felt that they are best with ground turkey.
These Samosa Cups are such a hit with my family! They are easy to make, super delicious, and can be served as appetizers or as a main dish. I’ve served them alongside couscous, green salad, kachumber, and rice pilaf. It was FishPapa’s idea to add some mango salsa.
It’s my idea that you should make these. Soon.
I’m in love, I tell you.
Tools I use to make this EASY:
- large saute pan
- box grater or food processor for cheese
- USA muffin pans – no need to grease these pans!
- 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
- 1/8 onion , chopped for 1/4 cup
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- black pepper
- 12 oz wonton wrappers 48 wrappers
- 12 oz jack cheese (shredded) (3 cups)
- fresh cilantro (chopped) for serving
- mango salsa for serving
- In a large nonstick skillet, cook the ground turkey and onion until the turkey is browned and the onion is translucent, about ten minutes. Season with the garlic, curry powder, turmeric. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease two 12-cup muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
- Line each of the muffin cups with one wonton wrapper. Add 1 tablespoon of the meat filling to each cup. Top with a small sprinkle of cheese.
- Repeat the process by placing another wonton wrapper atop the cheese in each cup. Divide the remaining meat mixture among the 24 cups. Divide the remaining cheese among the cups.
- Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the cheese is melted and the wonton wrappers are crisp.
- Serve immediately, garnishing with chopped cilantro and/or fruit salsa.
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