15 Phyllo Dough Recipes You'll Love (2024)

Chicken Phyllo Turnovers

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Phyllo dough is what flaky, mouthwatering dessert dreams are made of. Use this store-bought pastry dough to make desserts (like these decadentChocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers), appetizers (these Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites are incredibly easy), main dishes (Chicken Pot Pie, anyone?), and more.

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Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Parmesan Rolls

Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Parmesan Rolls

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Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Parmesan Rolls Recipe

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.

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Cherry-Apricot Turnovers

Cherry-Apricot Turnovers

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Cherry-Apricot Turnovers Recipe

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.

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Pork Tenderloin in Phyllo

Pork Tenderloin in Phyllo

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Pork Tenderloin in Phyllo Recipe

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.

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Chicken Potpie

Chicken Potpie

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Chicken Potpie Recipe

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.

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Apples Baked in Phyllo with Pear-and-Pecan Filling

Apples Baked in Phyllo with Pear-and-Pecan Filling

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Apples Baked in Phyllo with Pear-and-Pecan Filling Recipe

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.

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Greens-and-Cheese Pie (Hortopita)

Greens-and-Cheese Pie (Hortopita)

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Greens-and-Cheese Pie (Hortopita) Recipe

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.

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Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

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Apple Strudel Recipe

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.

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Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers

Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers

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Chocolate-Pecan Phyllo Turnovers Recipe

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.

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Skillet Vegetable Pie

Skillet Vegetable Pie with Goat Cheese

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Skillet Vegetable Pie Recipe

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.

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Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites

Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites

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Air Fryer Spanakopita Bites Recipe

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.

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DIY Toaster Strudel

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DIY Toaster Strudel Recipe

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.

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Fried Feta with Honey Is the Sweetest Breakfast

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Fried Feta with Honey Is the Sweetest Breakfast Recipe

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.

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Caramel Apple Rose Tart

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Caramel Apple Rose Tart Recipe

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.

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Little Lamb Pastries

Little Lamb Pastries

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Little Lamb Pastries Recipe

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.

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Chicken Phyllo Turnovers

Chicken Phyllo Turnovers

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Chicken Phyllo Turnovers Recipe

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.

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FAQs

How many layers of phyllo dough should I use? ›

Typically, phyllo dishes should have a finished thickness of 3 to 10 sheets per layer. (A one-pound box of phyllo contains about 20 sheets.) Tip: Phyllo pastries can often be very brittle when baked. We recommend using a serrated knife to cut the finished dish to prevent all of the filling from squishing out.

Why do you put vinegar in phyllo dough? ›

There are two key elements to promoting the extensibility necessary in the dough: adding vinegar to the dough, which weakens some of the gluten bonding, making it less elastic; and ample resting. Of course, it takes practice, just like working with any kind of dough.

Do you thaw phyllo dough before using? ›

Bring phyllo dough to room temperature prior to use (about 2 hours). Phyllo must be completely thawed and at room temperature for best results. Unopened phyllo has a refrigerated shelf life of 4 weeks thus it can be on hand and ready to use whenever needed.

Can you use olive oil instead of butter on phyllo dough? ›

Tip #2: Add Butter or Oil for Flaky Phyllo Layers

For those who don't want to use dairy, you can substitute extra-virgin olive oil for the butter. Just make sure you're doing one or the other—you will not achieve that delicious, flaky texture without the extra fat!

Do you have to butter each layer of phyllo? ›

In order to get golden, individual layers, you need to brush each layer of phyllo with butter or oil. Use a pastry brush, and remember that each sheet will soak up around 1 Tbsp. of fat, so plan accordingly.

What do you brush on phyllo dough when layering? ›

Phyllo needs butter or olive oil brushed between all sheets to get it's crispy texture. If they are sticking together, two sheets can be used at once and it will work. I use sweet unsalted butter, or extra-virgin olive oil. Use a soft bristle pastry brush, so not to tear the dough.

How do you crisp phyllo? ›

To achieve a crispy and light texture with phyllo dough, make sure to brush each layer with melted butter or oil. Additionally, avoid overloading the layers with too much filling, as this can contribute to a soggy result. Bake at the recommended temperature, and keep a close eye on it to prevent over-browning.

Why did my pie dough turn GREY? ›

“Well-wrapped, pie dough can be stored in the fridge for two to three days, or in the freezer for up to three months,” says David. “After day three in the fridge, you can expect your dough to oxidize, turning a grayish color.” This is completely normal, but can be postponed by adding a bit of vinegar to your recipe.

How do you keep phyllo crispy? ›

Keep Phyllo From Drying Out

Once phyllo dries out it cracks and shatters like centuries old parchment. There's nothing you can do to save it. Likewise, soggy phyllo produces a mess of another kind. To keep the sheets from drying out, place a clean, damp (not wet) towel over the stack of phyllo sheets.

How do you know when phyllo dough is done? ›

Place 6 more layers of phyllo on top, brushing on oil between each layer. Oil the top layer. Fold any excess onto the top. Bake for 1 hour, or until the top is golden and looks crispy.

Can you refreeze unused phyllo dough? ›

Once phyllo dough has thawed, it should not be refrozen. Perhaps thawing occurred during shipping or at the store. Though it is difficult to know in advance how it has been handled, it is important that phyllo be in good shape before you start to work with it.

Does phyllo dough go bad? ›

Store unopened Athens® Phyllo Dough in the refrigerator instead of the freezer for up to 4 weeks thus it can be on hand and ready to use whenever needed. – Wrap any leftover phyllo tightly with plastic wrap and keep in a cooler for up to 1 week. – For longer storage, refreeze phyllo.

What can be used in place of phyllo dough? ›

You can swap in puff pastry for phyllo dough in a pinch, and the other way around, but don't expect the same results. Here's the best way to use each of these flaky, versatile doughs. It's easy to love any recipe calling for phyllo or puff pastry.

How do you moisten phyllo dough? ›

Bring the packaged phyllo to room temperature before opening and using. Remove the thawed phyllo from the package and unroll the sheets. Cover the unrolled phyllo with a sheet of waxed paper covered by a damp towel to keep it moist.

Why do you brush filo pastry with butter? ›

Filo Pastry contains virtually no fat but a light brushing of melted butter, ghee or oil imparts a sheen to the baked recipe and adds to the eating qualities.

How many layers of puff pastry do you use? ›

A typical Puff Pastry can have a ranges of between 500 - 700 layers depending on the total of folds involved. You can fold the dough in a number of different ways and the two most common ways are called the " Single Fold / Letter Fold" and "Double Fold/ Book Fold".

Can you layer 2 sheets of puff pastry? ›

Yes, but you might want to use an eggwash or water to make sure the two layers stick together. Yep, there are recipes that call for exactly that.

Why is my filo pastry not crispy? ›

To achieve a crispy and light texture with phyllo dough, make sure to brush each layer with melted butter or oil. Additionally, avoid overloading the layers with too much filling, as this can contribute to a soggy result. Bake at the recommended temperature, and keep a close eye on it to prevent over-browning.

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