March is just around the corner and I’ve started thinking of the many gatherings that are about to take place. With two of my roommates having birthdays next month, a visit from my mom, and at least one going away party for a good friend moving to Georgia, I decided on one of my mom’s go-to party recipes to celebrate the forthcoming events: Ranch Stars. They were always a crowd favorite at my elementary school, church functions, and impromptu gatherings and continue to impress in our western locale. I’ve made them several times since moving to Jackson seven years ago and they continue to be a hit, (I can barely keep them on the serving plate)! They’re easy to prep, quick to bake, and full of flavor. I’ve even adapted the recipe for some of my vegetarian friends by simply separating a portion of the ingredients and leaving out the sausage. Add some hot sauce for a kick.
— ★Ranch Stars★ —Ingredients:
1 lb pork sausage (cooked, crumbled and drained)
1 ½ C sharp cheddar cheese
1 ½ C Monterey Jack cheese
1 C Ranch Dressing
1 can sliced ripe olives
½ C chopped red pepper (I had a variety of little peppers so I just used those)
3 – 4 green onions
1 package wonton wrappers
Spices like smoked paprika, cayenne, chili powder, Italian seasoning to taste if desired
- Lightly grease muffin tins and press in wonton wrappers, making sure they form a nice open center. Spray with cooking spray then bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until golden brown. Make sure they don’t get too dark but you also want to make sure they aren’t raw on the bottom.
- Mix together all other ingredients.
- Fill cups with mixture and bake for 5 minutes or until bubbly.
*I typically bake my wonton wrappers and mix the ingredients in advance. That way once it’s party time, all you have to do is step 3. It is important to not fill the bake wontons too far in advance as they can get a little soggy.
By day, Chelsea Beets is one of our top-notch reservation specialists here at The Clear Creek Group, helping to create dream-like Jackson Hole experiences for our guests. By night, you’ll often find Chelsea in her kitchen, crafting scrumptious culinary fare that is no less dreamy. From delicate scratch-made pastries and treats, to some of the best Midwest comfort dishes ever conceived, Chelsea has a passion and talent for the craft. Fortunately for her fellow co-workers, she routinely shares her products!