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Mini Phyllo cups

I am a big fan of finger foods when it comes to appetizers. I love foods which can be picked up and can be finished in one single bite without any mess.
 

Here is a simple recipe which is super easy yet looks fancy and which makes you a super hero in front of your guests.

Ingredients

For Cups

10 Phyllo sheets
cooking spray

For Filling 1

2 big potatoes
1 green chilli
1/4 large onion
salt per taste
1 tsp red chilli pwd
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs cilantro

For Filling 2

1 cup cooked boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup celery
1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes (optional) (drain the oil if you bought sun dried tomatoes in oil)
salt and pepper per taste

Method

For Cups

Preheat the oven to 375F.Take the muffin pans and spray with cooking spray.
Take a phyllo sheet and lay it on the working surface. Lightly brush the sheet with butter or oil to prevent it from drying out. Be careful because the phyllo sheets are very thin.
Do not worry if it is torn. take another sheet and layer it on the previous one and brush it with butter or oil.
Repeat the same for 5 sheets. Now cut the sheets into 12 squares (4 parts horizontally and 3 vertically for each horizontal piece). Repeat the same process for other five sheets.
Press the squares into muffin tins.
Place the muffin tins in the pre heated oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Watch carefully and don't let them burn.

Filling 1

Boil the Potatoes in salt water for 15 minutes. Let them cool and peel the skin off. Cut the potatoes into small cubes and keep aside. Take a pan and heat oil. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the green chilli and onion and fry till the onion is translucent. Add the cubed potato pieces, salt and red chilli powder. Mix everything gently and take the mixture of the flame. Sprinkle the cilantro leaves and scoop the mixture into the phyllo cups.

Filling 2

Take a chicken breast sprinkle with salt, pepper and little bit all spice. Place the chicken breast on a sheet pan and throw it into 350F over for 12 to 15 minutes. Let it cool. Cut the chicken into cubes. In a bowl take the chicken cubes and all the other ingredients and mix gently. Scoop the mixture into Phyllo cups and top it off with some cilantro leaves.

Variations

These cups are just vehicles to hold food. Filling can be both sweet and savory. If you want to make dessert cups, when you layer the sheets sprinkle some sugar between each layer for added taste.

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