Creative Ways to use Phyllo Dough

Do you want to make flaky appetizers that will wow your guests? Do you want convenience and affordability when it comes to weekday dinners or family gatherings? Phyllo dough could be a great ingredient to stock up on if you want versatility, good taste, and affordability. The following suggestions are some creative ways to use phyllo dough.

Instead of using regular bread dough, use phyllo dough for your next savory or sweet concoction. For example, if you want to roll dough around mini hotdogs or sausage links, use phyllo dough instead. Cut the phyllo dough into three-inch wide strips using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife. Then, wrap the dough around mini hotdogs. Bake these rolled treats in a 350 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the dough is thoroughly cooked and golden brown.

Try making a Danish or “bear claw” with phyllo dough using some of your favorite sweet fillings, such as jam or jelly, marmalade or thick syrups. You can use pie fillings, too, because they are more substantial. Cut the phyllo dough into squares or rectangles as large as you want them to be, then spread the filling evenly leaving a one inch margin on all sides, or spread the filling only on one half of each square or rectangle. Fold over the square or rectangle and crimp the edges using a fork. If you leave a one inch margin on all sides, fold the sides and then fold the rectangle over on itself one or two times. You will get a layer of filling, a layer of dough, a layer of filling, and so on. Again, bake until the “bear claws” are golden brown.

Another way to use phyllo dough is as a substitute for hamburger buns. If you are hosting a dinner party, phyllo dough can jazz up homey recipes. For instance, cut the phyllo dough into circles using a round cookie cutter or the edge of a drinking glass. Bake the circles until they are golden brown and flaky. Then, use the circles in place of buns. Miniature peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using phyllo dough “buns” would be an interesting idea, or use cured meat and cheese for mini ham and cheese sandwiches.

It’s a good thing that phyllo dough is becoming easier to find, because this versatile ingredient allows home cooks to create dishes that are easy on the wallet but great on taste.