Monthly Recipe Swap- Fillo Appetizers

This months recipe swap is here and Anjanette and I are here to share some appetizers that you can prepare for your Easter dinner.  Honestly, this recipe was a challenge because I read the ingredient list, but I didn’t READ the list.  Also, this was my first time using fillo cups and first time hearing of them.  When I went to get the ingredients I grabbed the first box I saw that said fillo.  Wasn’t aware that there was dough and cups.  I picked up the dough.  Don’t pick up the dough!  Step away from the dough! lol

 

Ingredients:

1 package Athens Mini Fillo Cups (Don’t be like me, get the cups and not the dough.)
1 1/2 – 2 cups chopped Spinach (the amount you use is your preference. If you want more cream cheese taste use less spinach, but if you
Cream Cheese (16 oz tub)
3 Slices Turkey Bacon (diced)
Garlic Salt
Onion Flakes (I used chopped scallions)
Roasted Red Peppers (This ingredient is for the second batch and I used red pepper flakes)

Directions:
In a hot skillet with a tsp of olive oil place in 3 slices of diced turkey bacon. Cook until crispy and add 1 1/2 cup of fresh chopped spinach. Next, add chopped scallions and sprinkle in garlic salt to taste. Stir until all the spinach has cooked down. Reduce heat and add a half tub of cream cheese, stir frequently until it’s soft and creamy.

Now, you remember what I said about making sure you get the fillo cups like Anjanette had listed in her recipe ingredients and not the dough that I picked up by mistake?

fillo dough

Well, this stuff right here is no fun to work with. I had to go to bed after working with this. I followed the directions on the box and since the dough is thin like paper, you have to work fast. Sometimes, I don’t work so fast. When I read Anjanette’s directions on how to make these, pulled the rolls of dough out the box and noticed I picked up the wrong thing…I was overcome with buyers remorse. LOL The moral of the story is… read and re-read the ingredient list. I was tempted to run back to the store and get the fillo cups.

After your mixture is prepared spoon into fillo cups and bake for 10 minutes at 350. If you want it to be crispier you can bake the empty cups for 5 minutes then fill them. About 2 minutes before it was time to take them out, I topped them with some shredded cheese and allowed them to cook until the cheese melted.

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The second batch will consist of the same ingredients with the exception of the bacon and just add in the pepper flakes. To the second batch I also added some leftover chicken that I had from a previous dinner. I used about a half of a chicken breast diced into small to medium size pieces.

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The recipe options are endless with these appetizers! You can use this recipe and add any leftovers in your fridge so they won’t go to waste. Use your creativity and have fun.


Nicole

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Garden To Table: Stuffed Bell Pepper Wedges

Ingredients:

4 (Small) Bell Pepper

1/4 cup Ground Turkey (seasoned & cooked)

1/2 cup Quinoa (soaked overnight and cooked according to directions) You may use rice as a substitute

2 tbl spoon feta Cheese

1/2 cup Shredded Colby Jack for mixture and approximately 1 cup to put on top before placing in the oven

2 tbl spoon Ricotta Cheese

1 Egg

Olive Oil (approximately 2 tbl spoons)

Directions:

Preheat oven on 350 degrees

Mix all ingredients above in a bowl with the exception of the bell pepper and olive oil.  We’re going to make it simple… there’s no specific order, pour each ingredient in and mix together.

After you have mixed those ingredients let’s prepare your bell pepper.  Clean bell pepper if you haven’t yet.

prepare bell pepper for stuffed bell pepper wedges

Next, slice in half

Slice bell pepper in half

Slice your halfs in half creating wedges

bell pepper wedges cut

Now, remove the insides with your knife and rinse.

removed insides og bell pepper wedges

clean bell peppers wedges

Take an oven safe pan and oil it lightly with some olive oil or non stick cooking spray, I used the olive oil spray.  Begin to fill each wedge with your Quinoa and Turkey filling mix.

bell peppers filled

all peppers filled

bell peppers filled wedges

Take your leftover shredded cheese and sprinkle on top of each individual wedge.

shredded cheese on top of wedge

Lastly, before placing in oven drizzle olive oil on top of each wedge.  Place in oven for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven when time is up.

bell pepper wedges done

Let stand for 5 minutes, remove from oven safe cookware and serve.

serve bell pepper wedges

served bell pepper wedges 2

Enjoy

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Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Pierogies

Pierogies

Pierogies are one of my families favorite appetizers.  I purchase them from Aldi for no more than $2.50 and a total of 12qty are in the box.  They’re very easy to cook as well as quick & tasty.  The Pierogies are filled with potato &/or potato & cheese.  I’m sure there are other varieties. 

Directions:

Pour some Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil in a skillet. 

Allow oil to get hot

Place Pierogies in skillet (don’t allow to un-thaw before cooking)

Cook until both sides are brown.  Approx. 3-5 mins per side.  *Don’t allow to over cook because they will burst and all of the potato-ee goodness will come out.  We don’t want that.

 

 

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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