Updated: Nov 19, 2019
Mini fillo shells are you secret weapon - stock up now!
It's no surprise my first hostess tip has to do with food. There is a monster that lives deep within me and rears its ugly head when I have been deprived of food for too long (~90 minutes); therefore, I spend a great deal of time researching, meal-planning, prepping, cooking and best of all, eating!
I discovered fillo shells about five years ago and they are the absolute best item that helps me deliver tasty appetizers time and time again. Quick and easy, there are countless ways to fill fillo shells, and it's likely you have the ingredients for at least one of the recipes below already on hand. If you don't...make something up! Load these flaky shells with whatever you have on hand -- then report back to me and tell me how it turned out, because I am always interested in new combinations!
Here are a few tried and true combinations that always have my guest begging for the recipe.
Tomato & pesto
At first I was skeptical about this recipe, the greek yogurt was throwing me off, but boy was I in for a surprise! I ended up bringing this app to 3 holiday parties and each time, within the first ten minutes, all thirty tartlets disappeared. Upon request, I have e-mailed this recipe to at least fifteen people, and now I get to share it with you!
(Note: recipe is at the very bottom of the site when you click on the link and will fill 2 packages of fillo shells)
Apple, brie & honey
1 package mini fillo shells
1/3 wheel Brie cheese
1 Granny Smith apple (or any variety you prefer)
1/2 cup honey (jams and preservatives work well too)
Cut Brie cheese into cubes. Fill each shell with 2-3 cubes.
Chop apple. Top cheese cubes with apple.
Drizzle 1/4 tsp honey over each shell.
Bake shells at 350 degrees for (approximately) 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted - serve warm.
This was the first combination I ever tried and I was immediately hooked. It is now my #1 go-to appetizer when I am short on time. With a little help from my husband, I can have them prepped, cooked and plated within 20 minutes, ready for guests to enjoy!
Appetizer or dessert...? Why not both! This is the perfect sweet and savory bite to start or end the party with.
I like to keep at least 2 boxes of mini fillo shells on hand at all times (stored easily in the freezer). You never know when the opportunity to entertain will present itself and I always like to be prepared. Happy hostessing!