miniature hot browns
I'm having a Derby party for 50 people so everything needs to be done pretty much ahead.
I'm trying to devise a take on hot browns using, perhaps, miniature bread cups, filo cups,
puff pastry cups, whatever would work. I figure I need to put turkey, cheese, or cheese sauce, bacon and a tiny tomato on top (this part can be done at the time.) ANy suggestions on whether I could assemble these the day before and bake at party? Whatever cups I use would be pre-baked.
This is not a sitdown affair. Thanks for any input!
I made Reubens in phyllo for our last Holiday party because I needed things I could make ahead. I got the recipe from the Athens website (the company that makes the phyllo cups) and adapted it so that I ended up with spanakopita-esque triangles filled with the ingredients for a Reuben. They froze beautifully.
You could probably assemble your Hot Browns ahead as long as you leave off the tomato. I suggest a trial run--it took me about three attempts to get my Reubens just right.
Have a great party!
I agree with Mamaciita - phyllo triangles are great for finger food. They have that irresistably crispy outside, and completely encase the filling, minimizing drips. If you follow the package/web handling instructions, phyllo won't fight you. You just need to take precautions to keep it from drying out. If a sheet tears, just use it as an inner layer. As long as the first sheet you lay down is intact, patching the other layers is fine. I once ran short of butter when making phyllo hors d'oeuvres, so I sprayed the inside layers with Pam and reserved the butter for the outside. That became my standard method - it's way easier to spray than brush (which can rip the sheets). Brushing the outside with butter gave enough butter flavor to fool the taste buds.
Thanks to you both! I've been messing around today with bread cups (From New Basics, Silver Palate) and just using pie crust dough. I think I've got it. I can bake cups from pie crust dough ahead and freeze them. I can make filling - diced turkey breast, mornay sauce, cheddar cheese day before. ALso can fry bacon, crumble and freeze. Then (I will have a helper) fill cups at serving time and top with bacon. On removal from oven, will top with a slice of grape tomato. Thanks again! I love the filo idea for the ruebens. I've worked with it before and it really is forgiving.