These bite sized Phyllo Cups are perfect for entertaining! Filled with thyme, honey, pear preserves, goat cheese and walnuts, then finished with turbinado sugar and baked to perfection, these bites are a party for the tastebuds!
I can hardly contain myself I am so excited. I have been slaving away in front of my computer developing recipes. I have been a chopping, whisking, sautéing, roasting, baking, glazing, and drizzling fool in the kitchen for the past three weeks.
I have been counting down to the day after Halloween, so I could get this party on a roll. Sorry Halloween, you were fun and all, and I hope everyone enjoyed their candy… but move it on over! It is Turkey Time!
I am going to start this Shindig off with a BANG! Enter Phyllo (or is it Fillo??) Cups. Bite size fillo shells filled with thyme, honey, pear preserves, goat cheese, and walnuts. Topped with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar and baked just long enough to warm everything up and transform them into one bite of party perfection.
Out of everything I have in store for you guys in this Thanksgiving series, these were one of Boy’s absolute favorites. He had these phyllo cups with his coffee in the morning, with an energy drink for a midday snack, on their own around 4 o’clock for an appetizer before dinner, and with a small glass of milk as a late night snack while we relaxed and caught up on our favorite TV shows.
Pretty much every time I turned around, he had one of these in his hands or he had the evidence he just ate one, in the form of crumbs on his shirt. He adored these and is asking me to make them again soon, very soon. No problem at all, because my mother is demanding I bring these to our thanksgiving dinner. Done and done, with pleasure I might add.
As you can see, or as Boy would tell you, this amuse bouche (“one bite”) is more of an any-tizer than an appetizer, because you could literally serve them whenever you feel like it. This is because they are the perfect mix of sweet and savory.
They are quite heavenly and very addicting. They should have the slogan, “you can’t have just one”, but that is taken (and copy written). Instead I will give them the NSN slogan (and challenge) “double dog dare you to just have one”.
- 1 box Mini Fillo Shells (15 cups)
- 4 ounces Goat Cheese - crumbled
- ¼ Cup Walnuts (you can substitute Pecans) – roughly chopped
- 1 TBS Fresh Thyme Leaves – roughly chopped
- 2-3 TBS Pear Preserves
- 2-3 TBS Honey
- Turbinado Sugar , for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Remove Fillo shells from packaging and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
- To fill each shell: sprinkle some (about ¼ tsp) of the chopped thyme into each cup.
- Drizzle (about ½ tsp) honey into each cup.
- Top with a small amount (about ½ tsp) of pear preserves.
- Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese (about 1 tsp) evenly amongst shells.
- Top each cup with (roughly ¾ tsp) walnut pieces
- Sprinkle with a few pinches of turbinado sugar.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until Fillo is golden and crisp.
- Transfer baked cups to serving platter. Serve garnished with additional fresh thyme, honey and pear preserves.