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Italian Sausage Filled Phyllo Cups

Italian Sausage Filled Phyllo Cups

Ingredients

4 sheets phyllo dough
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound Italian sausage, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 cup Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, finely grated, divided
  Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 F. Generously grease the cups of 2, 24-cup mini muffin pans with butter. .

Stack the 4 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing butter between each layer and across the top surface. Trim the large sheets into a 12x16 inch rectangle. Cut large rectangles into 48, 2x2 inch squares. Cover squares with plastic wrap then with a damp towel to keep them pliable. .

Take each phyllo dough square and push into the greased muffin cups, pushing along the sides and bottom to mold the cups. Note: Minor tearing may occur and is normal. If a hole appears in the cup while molding, brush with butter and use a piece of the scrap to cover it. .

Bake in preheated oven 5 to 8 minutes until crisp and light golden-brown. Cool completely on wire crack in muffin pan before removing in order to maintain shape. .

In a large, heavy-bottom skillet or sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Once hot, add onions, bell pepper, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the onions have softened some, 3 to4 minutes. Add sausage, oregano, and basil to skillet. Brown the sausage, breaking up into small crumbles, approximately 10 to 12 minutes. Add the pine nuts, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 cup cheese. Stir to combine. .

Preheat oven to low broil. Divide the filling between all of the phyllo cups, a heaping teaspoon apiece. Top with remaining parmesan cheese. Place under broiler and watch closely. Allow cheese to melt but keep a close eye on the phyllo cups to prevent burning. .

Note: To reheat, sprits lightly with water. Place in a preheated 300 F oven for 5 minutes until warm.

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