Lasagna BITES Are The Latest Food Trend To Sweep Social Media — And They’re Easy Enough For Anyone To Make
- Woolworths chefs have put a clever spin on traditional Italian lasagna
- They came up with a recipe for lasagna appetizers, bite-sized pieces of the family favorite
- The bites are ready in 10 minutes and use simple, affordable ingredients
The chefs at Woolworths have put a clever spin on classic Italian lasagna – and it’s so easy anyone can make it.
After creative experimentation, experts at the Australian supermarket chain developed a recipe for ‘lasagna bites’, small pieces of the family favorite wrapped in ready-made wonton wrappers instead of traditional pasta wrappers.
The bites, which can be prepared in just 10 minutes, are made with basic ingredients such as ground beef, pasta sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese.
A video of the recipe has been causing a stir less than 24 hours after it was posted on Instagram, with viewers raving about how affordable and foolproof it is to make.
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After creative experimentation, the chefs at Woolworths developed a recipe for ‘lasagna appetizers’ (pictured), snack-sized pieces of the family favorite, wrapped in ready-made wonton wrappers instead of the traditional pasta wrappers.
‘Personally we can never get enough of lasagna, but let’s get creative with it and turn it into a bite-sized treat!’ the caption of the Woolworths team said.
“You won’t believe how easy they are to make and trust us, even easier to eat.”
To make the bites, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
While it’s heating, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add 250 grams of lean ground beef and cook for seven minutes.
When the meat is brown, add a 500 gram jar of pasta sauce with tomato and basil and season the mixture with salt and pepper before bringing it to a boil.
Place mixture over medium heat and simmer uncovered for five minutes or until sauce has thickened.
A video of the recipe is already causing a stir less than 24 hours after it was posted on Instagram, with viewers raving about how affordable and foolproof it is to make.
Then remove the pan from the heat and stir in half a cup of fresh basil.
Meanwhile, grease a 24-hole mini muffin tin with a knob of butter and press a wonton into each hole to make a shell.
Divide the mincemeat mixture between the holes and top each with a teaspoon of ricotta, a handful of shredded mozzarella and a drizzle of oil.
Bake the bites for 20 minutes or until the wonton wrappers are golden brown and crispy.
When they’re cooked, let them rest for five minutes before serving with extra basil – it’s that simple.
Woolworths lasagna appetizer recipe
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
250 grams lean beef
500g jar of tomato, garlic and basil coarse pasta sauce
1/2 cup basil leaves, plus extra small leaves (to serve)
24 wonton wrappers
1/3 cup smooth ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated pizza cheese
5 ml olive oil cooking spray
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C hot air.
2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over high heat. Cook the ground beef, breaking up lumps with a wooden spoon, for 7 minutes or until browned.
3. Add sauce and season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the basil.
4. Grease a 24-hole mini muffin tin. Press 1 wonton wrapper into each hole to form a container.
5. Divide the mincemeat mixture over the holes. Sprinkle with 1 tsp ricotta, sprinkle with pizza cheese and drizzle with oil. Bake for 20 minutes or until wontons are golden brown and crispy. Leave in the pan for 5 minutes, then serve with extra basil leaves.
The recipe, which has garnered 751 likes since it was posted online less than 24 hours ago, quickly sparked enthusiastic reactions.
‘Unfortunate! Such a great twist on a classic,” one wrote.
“I’m definitely going to try this,” said a second, while a third added, “So cool.”
Inventive recipes are part of a new social media campaign from Woolworths, which recently expanded its online presence with the launch of its first-ever official TikTok account.
Former cashier Liam Kirley (left) runs Woolworth’s first-ever official TikTok account, after becoming an online sensation sharing videos of food hacks and shopping announcements
The page is run by former supermarket cashier Liam Kirley, who became an online sensation in August 2020 after his food hacks and shopping announcements generated millions of views on the video-sharing platform.
Thanks to his stardom, which has earned him 162,000 followers and seven million likes on TikTok, Woolworths hired him to create content for his new channel.
Mr Kirley returned his uniform to the Baulkham Hills store where he worked and took on a new role as content coordinator for Woolworths’ new TikTok.