Is it phyllo or fillo dough? Whatever the spelling, I haven’t made anything with these crispy flakey layers of buttery deliciousness in a couple years, which is such a shame. But, last week when I was picking up some frozen puff pastry for an upcoming recipe, I noticed these cute little mini phyllo cups and spontaneously threw a couple packages in my cart. The filling possibilities are endless, and two mini cups only have 25 calories total – not bad!
For this version, the recipe title says it all. I mixed some of favorite ingredients together for the filling – caramelized onions, sautéed apples, and smoked bacon. Then I topped the bites off with some crumbled gorgonzola. Perfect for a party!
Caramelized Onion, Apple, and Bacon Phyllo Cups with Gorgonzola
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, sliced (4 cups)
1 large tart apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
4 strips hickory smoked bacon, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
26 mini phyllo shells from 2 1.9-ounce packages, prepared according to package directions
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
To make the caramelized onions, heat 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil over medium low heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add onions, cover, and cook 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove lid and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until caramelized.
To make the apples and bacon, heat chopped apples, remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter, and brown sugar in a small pot over medium heat; sauté for 10 to 12 minutes, or until apples are softened and lightly browned. Wipe pan clean and place bacon in it. Sauté over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until crispy, stirring occasionally; drain on paper towels.
To assemble the shells, place caramelized onions, cooked apples and bacon, and salt in a small bowl and mix well. Evenly distribute the mixture among the mini phyllo shells. Top evenly with crumbled gorgonzola. Makes 13 servings of 2 cups each.
Nutrition: 108.6 calories, 7.2g fat, 0.9g fiber, 2.6g protein per serving
Cost: $0.54 per serving