Sunday, December 18, 2011

December 18, 2011: Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups Hors d’oeuvres Recipe

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Here’s another recipe fantastic for holiday parties. It doesn’t take a lot of preparation time and they taste good even if they’re not served hot. You can always swap out ingredients, too, using different veggies and cheese combinations (but do keep the base of cream cheese and egg white intact).
Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups with Korean Pork Skewers and Mozzarella Cheese Focaccia Bread

Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups

1 sheet phyllo dough (or one package frozen phyllo cups)
4 ounces cream cheese
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
1 egg white
1 T. minced pimiento
1 T. finely minced, fresh jalapeno pepper (seeds removed) - optional
2 green onions, thinly sliced (white parts, reserve greens for garnish)
1 t. minced garlic
¼ t. cayenne pepper
½ t. garlic salt
¼ t. freshly ground black pepper

Cut thawed phyllo dough into 12 squares. Press squares into bottom of greased muffin cups.

Cream together cheeses. Whisk in egg white. Add remaining ingredients. Spoon about a tablespoon of mixture into each phyllo cup. Prick edges of dough with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, until browned on the top and dough is puffed. Sprinkle with chopped or sliced green onion as garnish.

Makes a dozen hors d’oeuvres

Tip: for a bit of crunch, add a couple tablespoons of slivered almonds.

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