The perfect tasty game day appetizer! These Crispy Philly Cheesesteak Wonton Cups are like a cheesesteak eggroll but made bite-sized in cup form!
I used store-bought wonton wrappers to make them much quicker, so you can make these ahead of time in BULK for any party or tailgate with no stress!
Growing up just outside of Philly, I had to share an appetizer that mimics our beloved Philly cheesesteaks! These are an easy but tasty appetizer that has all the right flavors you want out of a cheesesteak made bite-sized!
A crunchy wonton cup filled with juicy savory steak and caramelized onions makes for the perfect bite of a Philly cheesesteak!
So if you're craving a Philly-style cheesesteak, these cups are a taste of home. If you want something a bit more substantial, you HAVE to try my Pull-Apart Cheesesteak Sliders! They are made with cheese whiz and are ah-mazing!
- Rib-eye/Shaved Steak/Beef - If you can find shaved steak, get it. If not, you can purchase a ribeye and shave it yourself.
- Egg Roll Wrappers - You can find these in the store in the refrigerated section. They come in small squares and are super easy to work with!
- Cheese- The cheese you use is your choice however I believe American, provolone and cheese whiz will be best for these cheesesteak cups.
- Onions- I just used a yellow onion here. They caramelize the best and add incredible flavor to cheesesteaks but feel free to leave out OR add green peppers into the mix too!
Step 1: Sauté your onions in a skillet until caramelized. Chop up your meat so it resembles shaved beef and mix it with your onions.
Step 2: Take your store-bought wonton sheets and cut out circles big enough to fit in your muffin or cupcake pan.
Step 3: Press them into you grease muffin tins and bake until wonton cups are lightly browned.
Step 4: Remove and add your cheesesteak and onion filling. Add a slice of cheese to the top of cheese and bake until melted.
📃 NOTE: You can print the FULL recipe with all ingredients & detailed instructions below!
Cutting Your Wontons
It is up to you whether you want your wontons round or square.
If you want less of a wonton edge, trim them using a round cookie cutter.
Pro Tip* Spraying your wonton wrappers with cooking spray will help them crisp up better!
How To Make These Ahead of Time
These can be assembled ahead of time or even the night before!
To do so, just cut your wonton cups and prep your steak filling. Bake off your wonton cups without the filling and then set them aside or in the fridge.
Once you're ready to serve, add your filling and cheese into your baked cups and bake until just warmed through and melty.
If you're looking for a kid-friendly snack for the big game, try these Crescent Dough Football Pizzas!!
The best steak to use for a Philly cheesesteak is ribeye. If you can get this THINLY shaved, then definitely use that!
If not, the next best option is to look in your food store for the pre-packaged shaved steak. They are more common now than ever. If you can't find that, ask the butcher to slice some for you or shave some stake yourself. (See below.)
The last options is to use Steak-umms (in the freezer aisle) OR deli style roast beef. The advantage to using roast beef is that you DO NOT need to cook the it and it's super easy to find. Plus, it is very tender so you won't need to worry about tough steak.
To shave steak yourself, the best way to do this is to pop the steak in the freezer for about 30 minutes or so until it hardens a bit.
Then take a sharp chef's knife and slice the steak as thinly as possible. This replicates what you get from a cheesesteak which helps to keep the meat tender and easier to chew.
Yes! Making sure your steak is chopped up well will make your cups easier to eat. You can do this on a cutting board with a knife.
Wontons by themselves can be frozen but I have not tried to freeze them after filling. If you try it, please comment below to let me know how they turn out.
Provolone, cheese whiz or American are the most popular cheeses used in cheesesteaks. Whatever you choose, make sure it melts well!
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Philly Cheesesteak Wonton Cup Appetizer
- Mini Muffin Tin
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 4 tablespoon oil
- 1 lb. shaved rib-eye steak (*See notes below)
- ½ cup onion, minced
- 3-4 Slices provolone or american cheese, cut into small squares
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Add your room temperature steak to the freezer for 15-30 minutes.
- Push your wonton wrappers into a greased mini muffin tin so the edges pop up. Make sure the center is open. Bake for 5-7 minutes on the bottom rack and set aside.
- Next, add 2 tablespoons of oil to a skillet followed by the minced onions. Saute for 5-10 minutes over medium heat until they begin to caramelize. Set aside in a bowl.
- Season your steak as you please, salt & pepper is fine,Remove from freezer when it's hardened a bit. (This helps to slice it very thinly.) Chop of the shaved sliced a bit more. We don't want large peices that wont fit in our cups.
- Use the same skillet and place over high heat. Add two more tablespoons of oil and sear your steak for 1 minute! (We want to keep it tender, plus it will cook more in the oven.)
- Add a square of cheese on the bottom of each wonton cup.Fill each cup generously with the steak mixture and finish with another slice or two of cheese.
- Put back in the oven on the bottom rack for another 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Serve hot with ketchup!