This time of year I have this thing where I want to take everyone food but I SERIOUSLY don't have time to make long-winded appetizers. I love bite-sized food like this because you don't need fancy utensils or even napkins if you're careful, and folks can eat 57 and not feel guilty because they're bite sized. For rizzle.
Frozen fillo cups are the SHIZ, y'all. You can put, um, anything into them and call it an appetizer. This particular combo came about because I LOVE GOAT CHEESE, but the shells themselves can be used for almost anything you can think of. This spinach artichoke filling would be particularly delightful.
Place the tomatoes in a baking dish and spray them all over with cooking spray, or drizzle them with olive oil. Then sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
While the tomatoes are roasting, make the filling for the fillo. Combine the cheeses and lemon zest in a bowl with a sprinkle of salt. Use a fork to combine - microwave the mixture for 30 seconds or so if the cheese is too hard to mix. Taste, and YUM. I love this.
Now, when the tomatoes are done take them out of the oven and let them cool until you can handle them. Meanwhile, place the fillo shells on a baking sheet and bake them in the 400F oven for 3 - 4 minutes, just to heat them slightly. Then we build.
Then top that with a tomato. Now, you can serve these as is, or you can bake them for 3 more minutes to heat the cheese through. Hot or cold are both delicious! You can also assemble these to this point wayyyyyy in advance, then bake them for 5 minutes right before serving.
Lemon Goat Cheese Fillo Cups with Roasted Tomatoes
- 30 frozen fillo shells
- 4 roma tomatoes cut into 8 pieces each
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon sugar
- 2 scallions thinly slized
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- zest of one lemon
- Heat the oven to 400F. On a baking tray, toss the tomatoes, salt, sugar, and olive oil. Roast for 30 - 45 minutes until slumped and slightly brown at the edges.
- Meanwhile, combine the cheeses and lemon zest in a bowl until smooth.
- When the tomatoes are roasted, remove them from the oven to cool slightly. Place the fillo cups on a baking sheet and bake in the same hot oven for 3 minutes until warm.
- Fill the fillo cups with a small spoonful of cheese filling, then top with a tomato. If desired, place cups back in the oven for 5 minutes to heat the filling through.
- To serve, sprinkle with scallions and enjoy.
Shared with Weekend Potluck!