This Mediterranean Phyllo Cup appetizer recipe is your ticket to party success. The Mediterranean bites take minimal effort and are full of fresh flavor! Salty feta cheese, juicy tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers, mixed with zesty herbs are served in a delicate Phyllo Cup with the perfect crunch. And they’re ready in about 15 minutes!
A simple phyllo cup appetizer recipe
These tomato and feta phyllo cup appetizer allow you to fully enjoy your company without being tied to the stove. In fact, these easy finger foods can be made in advance so they’re ready when the doorbell rings.
Preparing delicious dips and finger foods doesn't have to be a daunting task. With my approach, you'll find that simplicity is the name of the game. I love to take regular ingredients and transform them into mouthwatering bites.
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Just bake up the phyllo cups and fill them with yummy, fresh flavors. It’s the perfect recipe to share with your guests and keep you stress-free.
With creamy feta cheese, sweet tomatoes, and crisp cucumbers, this phyllo cup appetizer is a feast for the senses. They look as amazing as they taste, with vibrant colors nestled in golden shells.
So whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or a full-on party, this easy appetizer idea is one you need to try.
- Phyllo Shells
- crumbled feta cheese
- tomato, finely diced
- cucumber, finely chopped
- green onion, diced
- olive oil
- lemon juice
- dried basil
- garlic powder
- black pepper
- dried dill
Phyllo shells are pre-made and easy to find in the freezer section of the grocery store. You can try your hand at making your own, but that will add a ton more time to the prep of this recipe. The flavor payoff won’t be worth it in my opinion.
Feta adds a salty and tangy quality to the tomato salad inside the cups. It should not be skipped! Although you could use parmesan in a pinch.
Tomatoes and cucumbers make up the majority of the filling and they are always amazing together.
Green onion gives a nice mild flavor and subtle sweetness to the filling.
A simple dressing of olive oil, lemon, basil and dill adds the perfect finishing touch to this simple bite-sized appetizer.
Follow the directions on the phyllo cup box. They mostly just take about 3-5 minutes in a 350-degree oven to crisp up. Then set aside.
Chop the tomato, cucumber, and green onion. Feel free to peel the cucumber before chopping if desired.
In a small bowl, combine the crumbled feta cheese, diced tomato, chopped cucumber, and diced green onion.
In a separate pinch bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, dried basil, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and dried dill to create a flavorful dressing.
Pour the dressing over the feta cheese and vegetable mixture. Toss everything together gently to ensure all the ingredients are coated with delicious flavor.
To assemble the Mediterranean bites, distribute the mixture evenly between the 15 Phyllo Shells, filling each one with a generous spoonful of the yummy filling.
Once all the Phyllo Shells are filled, take a moment to admire how beautiful they look.
Now comes the best part – serving and enjoying! Arrange the Phyllo Cup appetizers on a platter and enjoy!
Finely chop the vegetables: Take the time to finely dice the tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions (as evenly sized as possible) to ensure that each bite is filled with all the flavors and textures.
Drain excess liquid: After chopping the tomatoes and cucumbers, pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This helps prevent the filling from becoming watery and ensures a better overall texture.
Be gentle when mixing: When combining the feta cheese, vegetables, and liquid seasoning blend, gently toss the ingredients together to avoid the cheese breaking into tiny pieces.
Use a small spoon: To fill the phyllo cups neatly and efficiently, consider using a small spoon. This allows for precise portioning and helps create a beautiful presentation.
Make them ahead: Make the salad and prep the phyllo cups ahead of time but keep the filling and cups separate. But for the best flavor and texture, put the filling in the cups just before serving. Phyllo cups may lose their crispness over time, so it's ideal to assemble them shortly before your guests arrive.
Serve immediately or chill: These appetizers are best enjoyed fresh, but if you need to prepare them ahead of time, refrigerate them until serving as long as it’s within 30 minutes.
Get creative with garnishes: Enhance the look (and flavor) of your Mediterranean Phyllo Cup appetizers by adding a sprinkle of fresh herbs, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, or a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes. Let your creativity shine!
Add some extra veggies to the Mediterranean phyllo cup filling, such as diced bell peppers, olives, or artichoke hearts. These vibrant additions will bring even more Mediterranean flair to your appetizers.
Infuse the filling with Greek flavors by incorporating crumbled Greek feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and a sprinkle of dried oregano.
If you prefer a bit of heat, kick up the spice level by adding finely diced jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper to the filling. The combination of the creamy feta and the spicy kick will tantalize your taste buds.
Experiment with different fresh herbs like mint, parsley, or cilantro. These aromatic herbs will bring a burst of freshness and add a unique twist to the appetizers.
For those who enjoy meat in their appetizers, consider adding cooked and crumbled bacon or diced grilled chicken to the filling. The savory meaty addition will take these bites to a whole new level.
Frequently Asked Questions
To keep phyllo cups crisp, it's best to fill them just before serving. If you need to make them ahead of time, store the filled cups in an airtight container (once they’ve cooled) to maintain their crunchiness.
Most phyllo cups come pre-baked and ready to use, so there's no need to thaw them before filling. Simply take them out of the packaging and start adding your flavorful ingredients. As I mentioned above, I like to bake them for a few minutes to get them nice and crispy.
Yes, phyllo cups are typically pre-baked, which saves you time and effort in the kitchen. They are ready to be filled with your desired ingredients and enjoyed.
No, phyllo dough and egg roll wrappers are different. Phyllo dough is paper-thin and made from flour, water, and a small amount of oil, resulting in delicate and flaky layers. On the other hand, egg roll wrappers are thicker and made from flour, water, and eggs, giving them a denser texture.
Phyllo and filo pastry are the same things, just with different spellings. Phyllo is the Greek term, while filo is how other people name it.
Whether you're hosting a casual gathering, a holiday party, or simply looking for a quick and delicious snack, these Mediterranean Phyllo Cup appetizers are the perfect choice. They offer a burst of Mediterranean flavors, a delightful blend of textures, and a visually stunning presentation.
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Phyllo Cups Appetizer with Feta Tomato Salad
- 15 Phyllo Cups
- ¼ cup crumbled feta
- ¼ cup diced tomato, finely
- ¼ cup cucumber finely chopped
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon dried basil
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon dried dill
- Chop the tomato, cucumber, and onion into a small dice. You can peel the cucumber before chopping if you’d like.
- To a small bowl add the feta, tomato, cucumber, and onion.
- Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, and spices and stir to combine.
- Pour the dressing blend over the other ingredients, and toss to combine.
- Spoon the mixture evenly between the Phyllo Shells.
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