Some years ago at a dinner party, a friend broke out these incredibly delicious treats that looked so fancy. Then, she told me what was in them, and I have been hooked ever since.
You see, these delicious, gorgeous snacks had just three ingredients — fillo dough shells, cream cheese and jalapeno jam.
It was so easy. I couldn’t resist stealing the recipe and using it to impress other friends.
But there was just one problem. At the time, one of those ingredients was not so easy to come by, and in fact, her jalapeno jam was homemade. But nowadays, you can find many different store-bought brands that are quite good. I’m partial to the Tabasco brand.
Since then, I’ve used the snacks to dazzle family and friends alike.
Whenever I need to bring something to a potluck or gathering and I have no time, this is my go-to. In fact, I made them this past week specifically to take to a game day with friends when I hadn’t planned in advance enough to bring something else.
Fortunately, too, it was back in Waterloo so I had occasion to let the cream cheese soften during the drive.
Now, not that you dear readers need it for this treat, but here’s what I did:
- 2 packages fillo dough shells (about 30)
- 1 (8oz.) cream cheese package, softened
- Pepper jelly (I use about half of a 10 oz. jar)
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place fillo shells on a sheet pan — any size will do as long as all the shells fit. Put the cream cheese into the shells — I prefer to put the cream cheese into a gallon bag, cut of the tip of the bag and squeeze the cheese in like an icing bag but you do you. Carefully spoon the jelly on top of the cream cheese.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the cream cheese and jam are warm. Put on a fancy-looking plate, pretend you were hard at work, and let everyone enjoy!