Ruffled Pumpkin Milk Pie
This ode to a classic Greek galatopita, or milk pie, will knock the socks off your friends who order pumpkin-spice everything. It's also the ideal project to start with if you're new to baking with phyllo: you simply brush sheets of it with clarified butter, scrunch them into accordion-like shapes, and arrange them in a spiral in the pan. This recipe comes from Martha Stewart's Fruit Desserts: 100+ Ways to Savor the Best of Every Season ($24.49, amazon.com).
Five-Spice Pumpkin Pie with Phyllo Crust
Try this deep-dish pumpkin pie when you need to please both traditional and modern palates at the Thanksgiving table. Adding Chinese five-spice powder to the filling may seem unorthodox, but two of its components (cinnamon and clove) can already be found in standard pumpkin-pie spice. The dramatic crust is delightfully easy to create—just brush butter onto sheets of store-bought phyllo and layer them at different angles in the pan. Finish with freshly whipped cream, and you'll have one mighty fine, crowd-pleasing dessert.
Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Crunch
This take on a crumble uses phyllo dough instead of oats. It's delicious with a dollop of yogurt or ice cream.
Skillet Spinach Pie
Opa! This spanakopita-inspired dish is a great vegetarian main or a hearty side for meat or chicken.
Lighter Chicken Potpie
A handful of tweaks turn this comfort food into a smarter choice: white-meat chicken (not dark), extra veggies, low-fat milk in the filling, and a lighter crust. Brushing the phyllo with just a small amount of oil instead of butter makes it just as tasty.
Pear and Apple Phyllo Crisp
Layering pecans between sheets of store-bought phyllo adds a nice crunch to this tart's flaky foundation.
Feta-Stuffed Shishitos in Phyllo
Blistered shishito peppers are filled with a rich, salty mixture of feta and cream cheese, then wrapped in phyllo dough and baked until puffed and golden. A sprinkling of sesame seeds gives the finger food a wonderful nutty finish.
The many buttered layers of phyllo dough, walnut filling, and sweet syrup make baklava the ultimate special-occasion dessert in Greece.
This Greek-style dish can be assembled and then frozen for up to three months. When you're ready to bake, it can go straight from the freezer into the oven.
These tasty phyllo tarts are filled with goat cheese and lots of cooked mushrooms.