Phyllo Dough Basics
Phyllo, or filo, dough is puff pastry’s Greek cousin. They are both known for layers of dough. While puff pastry is created by incorporating butter into the dough, phyllo dough is virtually free of any fat.
Phyllo dough doesn’t puff when it bakes—it crisps. The thin phyllo layers are crunchy, flaky, and break when cut or bitten. Phyllo can be made at home. The basic ingredients are simple: flour, water, vinegar, and a little oil. Making food from scratch is fun and usually totally worth the effort, but phyllo dough is one of those items you can buy pre-made, found in the freezer section of your local grocery store.
Phyllo typically comes in two forms: sheets and cups. The sheets are normally in two sealed rolls per box. You might only need one roll for a single recipe. Sheets need to be thawed in the refrigerator overnight. The cups come in a box with normally around 14 cups.
Working with Phyllo Dough
Working with phyllo dough can be difficult for newbies. Follow these helpful tips:
- Frozen phyllo dough can be defrosted in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for three hours. Phyllo must be completely thawed and at room temperature for best results.
- Do not open phyllo until ready to assemble the recipe.
- To prevent the dough from drying out, immediately cover unrolled thawed phyllo with plastic wrap and then a slightly damp towel. Keep phyllo covered until needed.
- If phyllo dough tears, simply patch it back together and layer with another sheet.
- For the easiest way to layer phyllo dough, place one sheet on a clean work surface and use cooking spray to lightly coat each sheet.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut strips and squares of phyllo.
- For most recipes, be sure to brush the last layer with butter or oil for browning and to seal the edge.
Five Fun Uses for Phyllo Dough
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. Follow this recipe from My Recipes for simple instructions.
Homemade Raspberry Pop Tarts
In 20 minutes, you can enjoy homemade pop tarts with layers of phyllo sheets filled with raspberry jam and topped with a sweet vanilla glaze. You can substitute with any jam flavor, or even Nutella with powdered sugar instead of the vanilla glaze. Get all the details here.
Spinach-Artichoke Phyllo Cups
A bite sized version of artichoke dip. This easy appetizer takes just 35 minutes to prepare, is comprised of 10 ingredients and is only 70 calories, these bite sized wonders make for a great appetizer at your next dinner party. Click here for Yummly’s version of this recipe.
Phyllo Egg Rolls
Crispy, crunchy and flaky on the outside and full of traditional egg roll flavor on the inside, this tasty egg roll recipe from Betty Crocker delivers a flavor packed small plate dinner. Enjoy this recipe that is ready in less than an hour and is fat-free! Serve them with sweet-and-sour sauce or hot mustard.
Sausage Ranch Phyllo Cups
Looking for an easy breakfast snack or appetizer? This recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen offers the perfect bite-sized treats. Just 3 ingredients in the filling: breakfast sausage, ranch dressing and cheese.
Whether you choose to make your own phyllo dough or purchase it, make a dessert or an appetizer, this dough is sure not to disappoint. The associates at Chef’s Corner Store are always happy to answer any questions you have about products or uses. Based in Centennial, Colorado,Chef’s Corner Store offers a premium selection of products for your kitchen, creating endless possibilities. Visit our website or showroom to learn more.