Last night I hosted book club, and as host it's typical to make some extra food even though we still handle our book club food assortments pot-luck style. Also, last month I brought a pathetic block of brie with me as my book club contribution, so I really needed to redeem myself.
I made cookies, my favorite blue cheese dip with veggies and chips; I heated up some Trader Joe's lemongrass chicken spring rolls; and I arranged some chicken salad in phyllo dough cups. Emphasis on arranging here. I neither made the chicken salad nor the phyllo cups. I hadn't used this strategy in a while, and I thought I'd share it with you if you're looking for a fast way to prepare some finger foods.
I discovered these wonderful frozen phyllo/fillo dough cups about four years ago thanks to my cousin Melissa. She served them filled with chicken salad at her daughter's first birthday party, and they were such a hit that I knew I'd stumbled upon a savvy entertaining idea.
Each box comes with 15 shells, and at a few dollars a pop they make an affordable way to simplify your entertaining prep work. The instructions say to keep the shells frozen and then defrost before serving -- but these shells as so thin that just a few minutes is all you need.
Have you used these phyllo shells before? Have you used any other easy techniques for preparing appetizers lately?