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Dec 6, 2010 04:29 PM

ideas for puff pastry shells or fillo cups?


I would like to make an appetizer for my holiday Christmas party this weekend and was thinking about using either puff pastry shells or the fillo cups. Does anyone have any great recipes that they would like to share? If not an appetizer, I could do a dessert. Thanks so much!

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    1. Somewhere on this site - notime to find the thread - someone gave me the idea of putting a small piece of brie in a phyllo cup on top of a dollop of jam and then baking until it bubbles. I use fig jam or cranberry relish - the response is always insanely positive.

      Funny you should post this now - this weekend, my best friend just proposed having a "Phyllo Cup Party" where we provide the phyllo cups and some ingredients, and other people bring what they think would work, and we just make phyllo cup munchies all night, while drinking wine. We were going to make a list of possible fillings when we had some time to sit down and think about it:)

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      1. re: Heatherb

        I second this idea. It's fabulous, and you don't even have to use the cups, I use squares in a mini-muffin tin (That way I can use my own homemade "quick puff") I've done all kinds of jam, and it's always a hit

        1. re: sarahjay

          I've used wonton wrappers cut in fourths. Works great.

          I'm not at home for a couple of days so don't have an old hot one that has sausage, cheese and???. Shrimp/chicken/anything salad is good for room temp.

          1. re: c oliver

            Regarding the wonton wrappers, do you bake them plain or do you brush them with anything (i.e. egg wash)? Approximate time and temp for baking? Do you bake them fill or fill then bake? Sorry for all the questions, but I think these would work great for a gathering I'm attending in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

            1. re: cvhound

              I'm home and actually found the recipe - which is always pretty amazing. I was quite off (haven't made this in years). It's whole wonton wrappers. It says to lightly grease mini-muffin tins and press a whole wrapper in each cup. Brush with oil and bake five minutes. Removed them from the tin and place on baking sheet. Fill and bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Don't shudder when I tell you that the original recipe was from Hidden Valley Ranch and includes the dressing :)

              1. re: c oliver

                C oliver, thank you so much for the helpful cooking tips regarding the wonton wrappers. I really appreciate it!

                1. re: cvhound

                  My pleasure. They come out kinda star shaped. I should do something along those lines myself soon.

      2. Curry beef puffs for hot, chicken salad or salmon mousse for cold. I don't have recipes but could fine some online that are close if you're interested.

        1. Plenty of recipes & ideas on the Athens (phyllo dough) website:

          Some of the same recipes can be used for puff pastry as well.

          1. I love the idea of using something that is very accessible. Love puff pastry, love phillo.
            I was also going to say the idea of the baby brie rounds in a muffin tin that's been fitted with either phillo or pp, then dropping either a dollop of apricot jam or artichoke tepanade cover again with the pastry of choice and bake. They pop right out of the muffin tins and it's a good vessel to keep them all apart and similar in appearance.