01/17/2012 11:58 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Spiced avocado wontons great appetizer for any entertaining occasion

If you are planning to entertain friends during the various televised football playoffs or for the Super Bowl extravaganza Feb. 5, this is a great snack that will win raves.

In fact, these wontons would be a perfect appetizer for any occasion.

Spiced Wontons

15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil

125 ml (1/2 cup) finely diced yellow onion

1 ml (1/4 tsp) ground cumin

2 ml (1/2 tsp) salt

2 ml (1/2 tsp) chipotle chili powder

0.5 ml (1/8 tsp) (or to taste) cayenne pepper

0.5 ml (1/8 tsp) (or to taste) ground cinnamon

250 g (1/2 lb) ground beef

160 ml (2/3 cup) finely diced red bell pepper

15 ml (1 tbsp) lime juice

1 ripe fresh avocado, peeled, seeded and finely diced

50 count package wonton wrappers

50 ml (1/4 cup) water

Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)

Place olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add cumin, salt, chili powder, cayenne and cinnamon. Stir to combine and let cook for 1 minute.

Add ground beef and cook, stirring often, until browned about 5 minutes. Add red peppers and cook for another minute, breaking up bigger pieces of meat with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat.

Sprinkle lime juice over avocado and add to meat mixture. Stir gently to combine. Place equal amounts of meat mixture in the centre of each wonton wrapper, about 5 ml (1 tsp) each.

Dip fingers in water and moisten edges of won ton. Fold wonton over to form a triangle, pressing edges to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and meat mixture. Place 5 cm (2 inches) of oil in a medium saucepan. Place saucepan over medium heat. Working in batches, carefully put 5 or 6 wontons in oil and cook until golden about 40 seconds. Turn and cook another 30 to 40 seconds. If wontons get brown too quickly, lower heat a little bit.

Remove wontons from oil with a slotted spoon or tongs and let drain on paper towels before serving the dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

2 ripe, fresh avocados, peeled and seeded

250 ml (1 cup) low fat sour cream

30 ml (2 tbsp) lime juice (or to taste)

zest from 2 limes, optional

Salt, to taste.

Place avocado, sour cream, lime juice and zest in the work bowl of a food processor and blend until very smooth. Add salt to taste.

Makes 48 wontons.

Nutritional information per 4 wontons: 230 calories, 12 g total fat, 3 g saturated fat, 26 g carbohydrate, 9 g protein, 1 g fibre, 310 mg sodium.

Tip: Wontons can be cooked the day before and reheated on a sheet pan just before serving.

Source:Hass Avocado Board.