Quick Leek and Chicken Phyllo Cups

Phyllo pastry doesn't need to be intimidating. Easy appetizers like these phyllo cups are simple to make and don't require any special tool or equipment. Just pick your favourite ingredients to fill them with and serve!
Serves: 24
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients

2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 sheets thawed phyllo sheets
2 strips bacon, cut into ¼ inch pieces
1 leek, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 lb lean ground chicken
1/4 cup light cream cheese
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
freshly chopped chives, for serving
salt and pepper, to taste
cooking spray

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

  2. On a clean cool surface lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough. Lightly spray with cooking spray and arrange the second sheet on top. Press gently to seal the two sheet together. Measure and slice the sheet into 24 3-inch x 3-inch squares. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin and arrange each of the phyllo squares into it. All four points of the square should point up to make a cup. Bake for 5-8 minutes until golden.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until just crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to paper towel and drain out the rendered fat. Add butter to the skillet and heat until melted. Add the leek and sauté until just golden. Add the ground chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink. Stir in the cream cheese and bacon, stir until completely combined. Taste and adjust salt and pepper seasoning.

  4. Spoon leek and chicken mixture into prepared phyllo cups. Garnish with crumbled blue cheese and chives.

Helpful Tip

Phyllo dough can be purchased in the freezer aisle of most supermarkets.