10 Fancy Appetizers That Start with Phyllo Cups

Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets
Photo: Jacolyn

Crispy, flaky, and oh-so-convenient, phyllo cups are perfectly-sized mini pastry shells that are ready to fill or stuff with delicious savory combinations to serve as an impressive holiday appetizer, or fuss-free finger food at your next party. From creamy and spicy jalapeño popper cups to warm blue cheese and pear mini phyllo tartlets, we've got all the recipe inspiration you need to elevate phyllo cups into amazing appetizers with an explosion of flavor in every bite!

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Spinach and Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups

Spinach and Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups
MommaBean3

These tasty, little appetizer cups are a cinch to prepare, especially if you're short on time. Creamy goat cheese pairs perfectly with spinach, while the pastry adds a satisfying crunch. Once you see how easy these are, experiment with other flavors that go well with spinach (such as roasted red bell peppers or feta cheese).

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Brie Cups

Brie Cups
Baking Nana

These unbelievably easy, delicious bites of crispy phyllo pastry with warm, melted Brie cheese and sweet raspberry jam will wow your guests! Switch to using jalapeño jelly for a spicier option. "Super easy!" says home cook rosadandana. "I made these for a wine tasting party and everyone loved them!"

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Stuffed Mushroom Phyllo Bites

Stuffed Mushroom Phyllo Bites
Bibi

An incredibly tasty combination of spinach, mushrooms, garlic, and bacon is spooned into mini phyllo tart shells, topped with grated Parmesan cheese, and baked in the oven until cheese is melted. Serve warm, garnished with freshly chopped parsley, then sit back and watch your guests coming back for more.

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Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

tartlets on an orange serving dish
Mackenzie Schieck

These warm blue cheese and pear appetizers will look so sophisticated that your party guests will think you took hours to prepare them. "OMG! These were so good!" says home cook MSAGGIEAMY. "It was the first appetizer to go!" Try adding a drizzle of honey while they are still warm, or top with chopped candied almonds for an extra special treat.

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Caramelized Onion Phyllo Bites

Caramelized Onion Phyllo Bites
SunnyDaysNora

If you love the sweet-savory combination of caramelized onions, garlic, and melted cheese, you may want to double (or triple) this tasty phyllo cup recipe. It calls for spreadable Swiss cheese wedges, but you could use grated smoked Cheddar or Gruyere cheese for even more flavor.

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Jalapeno Popper Cups

jalapeno popper pastries on a plate
Cookin'Fotog

A filling made with cream cheese, Cheddar, jalapeños, and hot sauce is spooned into phyllo cups, then baked and topped with bacon bits to create an irresistible (and prettier) version of jalapeño poppers. If you're making them for a party, you can try piping the filling into the cups for a neater presentation.

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Spicy Seafood Shell Appetizers

Spicy Seafood Shell Appetizers
Debbie S.

A creamy, cheesy, shrimp and crabmeat filling is spiced up with hot pepper sauce and spooned into phyllo tart shells for an extremely scrumptious seafood appetizer to share with family and friends. "I wish I could rate this with 10 stars!" says WICKEYNOVA. "This recipe is truly outstanding and pretty to serve as well. I had plenty of filling and thus used three boxes of shells."

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Philly Cheesesteak Phyllo Bites

Philly Cheesesteak Phyllo Bites
Soup Loving Nicole

Tender slices of seasoned steak, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and bell pepper make up the filling for these Philly cheesesteak inspired phyllo cup party bites. Topped with grated mozzarella cheese and served warm straight from the oven—they are guaranteed to disappear quickly!

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Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets

Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets
Jacolyn

These elegant appetizers will stand out on any table. Fresh thyme adds earthy flavor, while honey and diced pears sweeten things up a bit.

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Chanterelle Mushroom and Bacon Tartlets

Chanterelle Mushroom and Bacon Tartlets
Stacy

Use chanterelle mushrooms to make these meaty, flavorful appetizers. "I found this to be quite a charming recipe—easy to make with impressive results," says reviewer Epicurus.

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