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Spicy Cheese Phyllo Appetizers

Spicy Cheese Phyllo Appetizers

Spicy Cheese Phyllo Appetizers are very easy and tasty, and have lots of yummy variations worth trying. Just a few ingredients make an elegant treat.

Spicy Cheese Phyllo Appetizers are very simple, very tasty, and easy to overdose on. But this particular recipe was more than me giving you a good recipe to try. It started out that way, but then I started doing more and more experimenting. I used 2 different types of cheeses and several spreads, chiles, or sauces.

This initially started out with just 2 ingredients: cheese and phyllo dough. But not just any cheese – I was in the Safeway deli cheese section where they have gourmet cheeses, and they had Dietz & Watson sliced Jalapeno & Cayenne Pepper Cheddar for half price. It’s like pepper jack, but about 4-5 times hotter and it’s cheddar instead of jack cheese. Wow! Plain old pepper jack is for wimps – this packs some real heat & flavor. I tried 1 piece of this cheese wrapped in phyllo; not enough cheese there. It was sort of like a spicy cheese flavored phyllo cracker. 2 layers of cheese was much better. stonewall-maple-bacon-onion-jam-112Well, sweet and hot go great together; and so does sweet and cheese. I happened to have a jar of Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam – sounds like a good match, right? All I did to make these was spread a layer of this jam between 2 slices of the Jalapeno & Cayenne Pepper Cheddar and wrap it in about a half dozen layers of phyllo, then bake for about 10 minutes. Brain-dead simple. That jam was the kicker – you can really taste the bacon flavor and it has the perfect level of sweetness. Can’t say I could taste the maple or onion. Stonewall Kitchen has 59 jams and jellies, and 3 of them have bacon. (How about trying the Bourbon Bacon Jam in this recipe?) 93 stores in Colorado carry Stonewall Kitchen products, including many Safeways. You can find a store at

I also made variations of this with a top quality muenster, green chiles, and other jams. They were all really good, but it’s that Jalapeno & Cayenne Pepper Cheddar and Maple Bacon Onion Jam combo that was truly memorable.

Spicy Cheese Phyllo Appetizers
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Simple, spicy, and elegant - this appetizer is great on a buffet or at a party
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwestern
Serves: 4 dozen
  • 1 16 oz package frozen phyllo dough
  • ½ lb sliced Dietz & Watson Jalapeno & Cayenne Pepper Cheddar
  • ½ cup Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam (or other jam)
  • Butter flavored cooking spray
  1. Thaw the phyllo dough. Set a nonstick cookie sheet aside for baking.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Unroll the phyllo dough. Cut into strips along the length of the phyllo rectangle; the width of each strip will be the length of each appetizer. In the photo, these were 4 inches long; so the phyllo strips were 4 inches wide.
  4. Cut the cheese slices into pieces about ¾ inch wide and 3 inches long; they should be about ¾ in shorter than the width of your phyllo strips. The cheese will melt and spread some; so you want to allow for this. Each appetizer will use 2 pieces of cheese, the same size.
  5. Lightly spray the phyllo with the cooking spray.
  6. Place a piece of cheese at one end of a phyllo strip. Spread a layer of jam on it, then top it with a second piece of cheese.
  7. Using 2 layers of phyllo, start rolling the cheese up to the midpoint; then cut and put the appetizer on the cookie sheet. Continue until cookie sheet is full, placing them about ½ inch apart. Lightly spray with cooking spray.
  8. Bake about 10 minutes or until they are turning light brown.
  9. While the first cookie sheet is baking, prepare the next cookie sheet.
  10. Cook and serve. Keeps well for several days.


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