Triple “C” Crowd Pleaser-The Perfect Festive Holiday Appetizer

 

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Festive Holiday Appetizer

Cream cheese is one of those ingredients that gives your food a richness like no other.   Whether it is in crab rangoon,  cheesecake, or just a simple fruit dip,  the taste of cream cheese is amazing.

As we are closing in the holiday season,  I have been thinking of making some festive appetizers.   This one, in particular, comes to mind.   One Christmas Eve I had been making appetizers for the family, with some leftover ingredients and with the help from my daughter Catherine, we created a very delicious hot appetizer using those leftover items.   The items included:   Phyllo sheets, cream cheese, cranberry sauce, and some salted cashews.   I baked these in a mini muffin pan to create these cute little Phyllo dough cups.   The result was a sweet and creamy,  hot and flaky appetizer.  If you like sweet and salty, you will love these!

 

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Festive Appetizer

 8 sheets of phyllo dough
 8 oz cream cheese
 ½ can whole cranberry, cranberry sauce
 ¾ cup chopped cashews ( roasted and salted)
 ½ cup melted butter
 1 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary for garnish ( optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
1

Unroll thawed phyllo dough.
Carefully remove 1 sheet of dough and place it on a clean workspace, using a pastry brush coat the dough lightly with butter. Place the 2nd sheet of dough directly over the first and cover it with butter. Continue the process with 2 more sheets of dough ( 4 layers).

*keep phyllo dough covered with a slightly damp paper towel so it doesn't dry out.

Appetizer dough

2

Cut dough into 15 squares with a very sharp knife.

Cut dough into squares

3

Place each square into the mini muffin pan cups and fill each with a 1/2 tsp cream cheese.

Fill muffin tin

4

Place 1/2 tsp of cranberry sauce on the top of the cream cheese.

Holiday Appetizer

5

Sprinkle each cup with chopped cashews.

Nut topping

6

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until edges of the dough are golden.

Festive Appetizer

7

Garnish with freshly chopped rosemary if desired.

Fresh Herbs

Ingredients

 8 sheets of phyllo dough
 8 oz cream cheese
 ½ can whole cranberry, cranberry sauce
 ¾ cup chopped cashews ( roasted and salted)
 ½ cup melted butter
 1 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary for garnish ( optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
1

Unroll thawed phyllo dough.
Carefully remove 1 sheet of dough and place it on a clean workspace, using a pastry brush coat the dough lightly with butter. Place the 2nd sheet of dough directly over the first and cover it with butter. Continue the process with 2 more sheets of dough ( 4 layers).

*keep phyllo dough covered with a slightly damp paper towel so it doesn't dry out.

Appetizer dough

2

Cut dough into 15 squares with a very sharp knife.

Cut dough into squares

3

Place each square into the mini muffin pan cups and fill each with a 1/2 tsp cream cheese.

Fill muffin tin

4

Place 1/2 tsp of cranberry sauce on the top of the cream cheese.

Holiday Appetizer

5

Sprinkle each cup with chopped cashews.

Nut topping

6

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until edges of the dough are golden.

Festive Appetizer

7

Garnish with freshly chopped rosemary if desired.

Fresh Herbs

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Do you love cream cheese?   Try these:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Trifle

2 Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie 

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