When it comes to “shortcut” ingredients, phyllo dough ranks as one of my very favorites. It goes sweet as easily as it does savory, can be cut and folded into a variety of shapes, and (most importantly) it is so delicious. Those crispy buttery layers are completely irresistible and lend a professional look to any dish (that only you will know how easy it was to execute!).
I’ve gathered up some stellar recipes that feature phyllo dough — so stock up that freezer!
1. Honey-Ricotta Turnovers
Fill and freeze these not-too-sweet turnovers for an impromptu dessert that’s at the ready — any time!
2. Skillet Spanakopita
This clever recipe takes those spinach-cheese triangles and turns them into an easy, one-pan meal!
3. Raspberry Phyllo Pop-Tarts with Vanilla Glaze
Personally, I didn’t think it was possible to improve on a basic Pop-Tart (don’t judge). But replacing the ho-hum dough with crispy layers of phyllo? Game. Changer.
4. Scallop and Pesto Purses
Another example of the versatility of phyllo dough! Impress your guests with these individual “purses” filled with scallops and pesto.
5. Pumpkin Cheesecake Phyllo Straws
Bookmarking these for Thanksgiving! I love the idea of turning the often-too-heavy pumpkin cheesecake into dainty, cheesecake filled straws. And how pretty will they look, assembled in a tall glass or vase on your holiday table?
6. Two-Bite Coconut Cream Pies
Use a cookie cutter to make rounds of phyllo dough — tuck into muffin tins to make individual cups filled with coconut cream for a bite-sized dessert!
7. Coconut Baklava
Love baklava? Then you will go “nuts” for this version, which folds a generous serving of shredded coconut into the traditional honey-walnut filling!