Flaky and delicious, phyllo (also spelled filo or fillo) is delicate pastry dough used for appetizer and dessert recipes. It’s composed of many tissue-thin sheets of dough that, unlike puff pastry, have very little fat. Phyllo is traditionally used in many traditional Greek and Middle Eastern dishes such as baklava and spanakopita. You can make phyllo from scratch but most recipes call for store-bought dough that’s sold in the freezer section in flat squares or rolls -- so it’s easy to make recipes with a phyllo dough. Our test kitchen experts recommend defrosting the dough in the refrigerator rather than on the counter as it may get gummy at room temperature. As phyllo doesn’t contain much fat, sheets are usually brushed with melted butter or oil and then layered. After baking, whether on a savory pot pie, for a quick appetizer, or as the crust for a quiche, the layers are crisp and light. Try our wide range of phyllo recipes and get tips on working with phyllo dough from the experts at Martha Stewart.
Phyllo Cups with Cappuccino CreamTry adding a tablespoon of liqueur, like Kahlua or Baileys, to the filling for a more adult treat.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Apple Strudel TurnoversSweetened apples are flavored with orange zest and juice and tossed with dried fruit, then rolled in phyllo dough to make these delicious turnovers.
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Spinach Phyllo PieServe this savory Greek pastry as part of an appetizer table at a gathering.
Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo CrustThe crust is most crisp the day it's made, but the pie without the whipped-cream topping and chocolate shavings can be made up to a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator. To cut the pie into neat slices, use a serrated knife.
Healthy Chicken PotpieReplacing the usual puff pastry or piecrust with delicate sheets of phyllo plays up the delicious filling underneath. Sink in to find poached chicken, sweet carrots, and tender peas and celery -- all bathed in a light broth instead of butter-heavy sauce. A sprinkle of lively tarragon, a handful of aromatic parsley, and sauteed garlic and shallots give depth to this wintertime favorite.
Honey-Phyllo Pumpkin PieThis dulcet, honeyed pumpkin filling is remarkably well suited to its brittle, buttery phyllo nest and candied walnut topping.
Pear and Apple Phyllo CrispLayering pecans between sheets of store-bought phyllo adds a nice crunch to this tart's flaky foundation.
Ratatouille Phyllo WrapsThese crisp phyllo bundles are great as hors d'oeuvres or served with roasted chicken or fish.Recipe
Lavender Galaktoboureko (Custard-Filled Phyllo)Our version of this Greek pastry, typically made with orange-flower water, has a Mediterranean twist: We have infused it with lavender and honey.Recipe
Lighter Rolled BaklavaThis lighter-style baklava is our sugary pastry with apricots and pistachios. A unique shape makes this version of the classic Greek dessert easy to prepare -- and serve.Recipe
Individual Mango-Raspberry PiesThese fruit-filled hand pies have a phyllo-dough crust.Recipe
Twice-Baked Cheese StrudelThis quick and savory dish is a favorite for any appetizer buffet.Recipe
Rainbow-Chard QuicheChard leaves turn rich and tender when cooked; here, the mild stems provide a vivid topping. To ensure that the phyllo dough does not become dry and brittle, thaw it completely in the refrigerator; keep it covered with a towel as you work.Recipe
Semolina Custard Tart with Honeyed Pine NutsThis dessert tastes best warm, about an hour after it comes out of the oven. It should be made the same day you intend to serve it, but the nuts and syrup may be prepared a day in advance.Recipe
Turkey B'steeyaThis savory-sweet Moroccan pie is traditionally made with chicken or pigeon, but we chose turkey instead. Here it's cooked with fragrant ginger, saffron and turmeric before being wrapped in phyllo dough alongside sweetened almonds and eggs whisked with cilantro and parsley.Video
Phyllo Rolls with Spinach and SalmonWorking with Phyllo dough is much easier than you think, Sarah Carey makes delicious Wild Salmon and Spinach Rolls made from frozen Phyllo dough that bake up in just 10 minutes. Make these for dinner tonight and enjoy!Recipe
BisteeyaMartha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 407.Recipe
Ruffled Milk PieMartha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 407.Video
Chocolate Mousse Pie with a Phyllo CrustThis silky, rich chocolate pie mousse pie with a crisp, crackly crust will definitely be a crowd pleaser and makes an inventive addition to your holiday table.Recipe
Chicken Pot PieBarley, brimming with protein and minerals, and whole-wheat phyllo dough make this a low-glycemic fiber powerhouse. A pleasingly nutty taste and a lush texture make you swear you're gobbling heavy cream.Recipe
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry CrunchThis take on a crumble uses phyllo dough instead of oats. It's delicious with a dollop of yogurt or ice cream.Recipe
Caramelized Apples in Phyllo TartsPhyllo is neither the culinary bully nor nutrition nightmare that it is commonly thought to be. Quick hands and a good pastry brush or nonstick cooking spray are all you need to make delicious pastries. You can use muffin tins for the tart shells or make a single tart in a 6-inch cake pan.Recipe
Individual Peach PastriesFor this recipe, any thinly sliced, very fresh fruit will do.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Baked Cherry CrispThis thin and flaky dessert is a great way to show off ripe, juicy cherries.Recipe
Skillet Spinach PieOpa! This spanakopita-inspired dish is a great vegetarian main or a hearty side for meat or chicken.Video
Savory Albanian Spinach PieLucinda Scala Quinn and her friend Milot Krasniqi prepare authentic Albanian spinach pie using his mom Maggie's recipe.