15 Phyllo Dough Recipes You'll Love
Phyllo dough is what flaky, mouthwatering dessert dreams are made of. Use this store-bought pastry dough to make desserts (like these decadent Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers), appetizers (these Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites are incredibly easy), main dishes (Chicken Pot Pie, anyone?), and more.
Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Parmesan Rolls
Make an easy meatless appetizer stuffed with veggies. The filling is a mix of ricotta, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes and spices that's packaged jelly-roll fashion with small sheets of phyllo. Soak the tomatoes in advance, or substitute well-drained oil-packed sun dried tomato strips.
Top a layer of phyllo with a vibrant filling of brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, cherries, and apricots. They bake in 15 minutes and freeze easily in zip top plastic bags, so make extra to save time when the next craving hits.
Pork Tenderloin in Phyllo
Fancy enough for company but easy to pull off on a weeknight, this no-fuss entrée is made by wrapping sheets of phyllo around whole pork tenderloin. Check to make sure your oven is calibrated to the right temperature if you want the phyllo to brown nicely. Serve with hot mango chutney to bring out the sweet flavor of the phyllo.
To make this pie quick enough for a weeknight, use leftover or rotisserie chicken and microwave frozen potatoes and veggies for the filling. The phyllo crust is simplicity itself–just sheets of phyllo layered on top. One assembled, bake time is a quick 30 minutes.
Apples Baked in Phyllo with Pear-and-Pecan Filling
This pretty apple dumpling-like dessert is made by stuffing diced pears, pecans, and a splash of brandy into cored Granny Smith apples and then wrapping each one with a sheet of phyllo sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. No cutting or elaborate twisting required. Add a dollop of whipped topping and serve.
Greens-and-Cheese Pie (Hortopita)
While plenty of spinach and feta pies are passed off as Greek inventions, this flavorful vegetarian main dish is the real thing. A combination of spinach, tangy mustard greens, sweet fennel, feta and herbs, its flavors are sinfully lush. Even better, the phyllo sheets don't need to be cut or wrapped. This recipe requires a little bit of preparation, but the show-stopping result is a guaranteed pleaser for family dinners or nights when company's coming.
Why mess with old-fashioned pastry dough when you can make an easier and healthier strudel with sheets of phyllo dough? Even better, the filling is super simple to make with just six ingredients: apples, butter, sugar, golden raisins and cinnamon.
Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers
Pecan pie fans will love these sweet little turnovers. Each phyllo triangle is filled with a mixture of toasted nuts, cinnamon, cardamom, honey, and chocolate chips, making them gooey on the inside and crisp on the outside. Allow the phyllo to fully thaw overnight in the refrigerator so that it will be less prone to sticking together.
Skillet Vegetable Pie
Crisp, buttery phyllo makes a beautiful crust for this veggie-filled skillet pie—no dough-making required. A meatless meal doesn’t mean it has to be skimpy, and even though this filling is meatless, broccolini, butternut squash, and mushrooms make it hearty and satisfying.
Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites
Is there anything your air fryer can’t do? Soup, probably. It would be terrible at soup. But it can rock out these super-crunchy spanakopita bites! These savory Greek phyllo pastries are filled with spinach and salty cheeses with just a little hit of lemon and heat.
DIY Toaster Strudel
It’s actually way easier than it looks: Start with frozen phyllo dough and brush it with melted butter. Then fold the pastry and brush with egg wash. Add a bit of cream cheese and jam (or just jam. Or Nutella. Or peanut butter. Or apple butter. Or—OK, anything you want). Fold the phyllo around the fillings and bake the pastry until golden brown.
Fried Feta with Honey Is the Sweetest Breakfast
Although the cheese softens as it fries, it still manages to hold its shape and remain sharp and salty. The golden phyllo crust adds a delightful crunch. It’s then smothered in honey for good measure and ultimate happiness.
Caramel Apple Rose Tart
This easy Pinterest-inspired dessert recipe tastes of autumn and, despite your skepticism, it will NOT fail. Phyllo dough cups are filled with apples drowned in caramel. If you’re not into phyllo dough, a buttery and flaky pie crust will work too. We tried this apple recipe with a few varieties and found that Granny Smith were our favorite.
Little Lamb Pastries
The filling is based on picadillo, a Latin dish of ground meat with flavorings that vary by region. This version, with sweet raisins and salty olives, is Cuban-influenced. You can freeze unbaked pastries up to a month ahead; bake from frozen for a few minutes longer.
Chicken Phyllo Turnovers
This appetizer is based on bisteeya, a traditional Moroccan pastry that pairs savory, spiced meat and flaky phyllo with a dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar. Make ahead: Freeze unbaked pastries for up to 1 month; bake frozen, unthawed pastries 5 additional minutes or until browned.