Flaky phyllo surrounds meatballs and mozzarella in these easy and tasty appetizers for parties.
- 12 sheets Athens® Phyllo Dough (9” x 14”), thawed
- 24 precooked meatballs, approximately 1 1/2” diameter
- 24 slices fresh mozzarella, 1 1/2” diameter, thick-sliced
- Cooking spray
- 24 bamboo cocktail forks
- 4 ounces pizza sauce or favorite dip
Thaw one roll of phyllo, following thawing instructions on package. Preheat oven to 375°F.
Unroll and cover phyllo sheets with plastic wrap, then a slightly damp towel to prevent drying out. Place one sheet of phyllo on a cutting board and lightly coat with cooking spray. Repeat with three more sheets of phyllo. Do not spray the top sheet. Make three more stacks in the same manner. Cut each stack of phyllo in half lengthwise to create two 4 1/2” x 14” pieces. Cut each stack into 3” to 4 1/2” squares. You should now have 24 squares. Place a meatball in the center of each square and top each with a slice of mozzarella. Insert a bamboo cocktail fork into each, pushing about halfway through each meatball. Moisten the perimeter of each square with a little water. Fold opposite corners up to meet at the stick. Bring second two corners up while folding the dough in (like wrapping the end of a gift). Twist points together and pinch into cocktail fork. Place upright (fork sticking up) on baking sheet. Lightly coat dough with cooking spray. Re-roll unused phyllo sheets and follow storing instructions on package. Bake appetizers for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce or favorite dip.
Serving size: 1 piece (28g); Calories: 130; Calories from Fat: 35; Total Fat: 4; Saturated Fat: 1.5g; Trans Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 140mg; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Total Carbohydrate: 6g; Sugars: 3g; Protein: 5g; Vitamin A: 2%; Vitamin C: 0%; Calcium: 6%; Iron: 2%
• Meatballs can be formed in advance and frozen in an airtight container. Do not defrost before baking.
• Bamboo forks work better than skewers for this, as they provide more surface area to hold the Phyllo and are more supportive in holding the heavy meatballs.