Last night I joined my neighbors for their annual Beer and Cheese party. I knew I wanted to bring something featuring homemade cheese, but I also knew that I wouldn’t have a lot of time to putter around with anything complicated. In trying to figure out what to make, I may have stumbled on my new go-to appetizer recipe.
Phyllo Cups with Ricotta, Honey and Thyme – you are tasty and make me look fancy.
Honestly, it just does not get much easier than this recipe (especially if you skip making the ricotta from scratch). With four ingredients and a few minutes of time, you can have a beautiful plate of slightly sweet appetizers. Bite-sized, these cups are easy to eat, low in calories, and full of delicious flavor. They would be great as appetizers, a nice brunch addition, or served with some fruit for dessert. And, they look really, really beautiful on a plate.
For this batch, I made my own ricotta. I can see at least one of you rolling your eyes from here (hey mom!). It is worth noting that you absolutely do not need to make ricotta from scratch for this recipe; store-bought ricotta will be perfectly fine. However, if you’ve had any interest in making your own cheese, I would highly recommend starting with ricotta. Of all the cheeses I’ve made so far, ricotta is the easiest and requires the least amount of equipment, patience, or special equipment. I’ve used a recipe from Cooking Light with great success. This time, I used whole milk instead of the 2% that the recipe called for. The cheese was much drier than I’ve made in the past, so next time I’d stick with the 2% as I preferred the consistency and would rather save those calories for something else.
The only effort in this recipe is in the assembly, which from start-to-finish is probably under 5 minutes. The phyllo cups can be filled ahead of time, but I would not recommend doing it more than an hour or so before eating. The cups soften slightly over time, and the honey soaks into the cheese the longer it sits. The flavor is still the same, it just looks a little bit prettier when you can still see the honey drizzled on the top.
12 prepared phyllo cups
1/3 c. ricotta
1 T. honey
Fresh thyme leaves
Thaw frozen phyllo cups at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Spoon a heaping teaspoon of ricotta into each up. Drizzle cups with honey and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Estimated calories: 75 cal/serving