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Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

For the third and final dish of my low-sodium series for the San Diego 6 Morning Show, I chose to make my famous tomato basil bruschetta recipe. I skipped the cheese and replaced the baguette it’s traditionally served on for fillo baskets!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

One small slice of a baguette can cost you almost 400 mg of sodium, where as one fillo basket has only 10 mg, talk about a super swap!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

I love using fillo baskets for everything from these delicious Black Bean and Chorizo Appetizers to scrumptious Mini Dessert Cannoli’s!

They are healthy, vegan and perfect for parties!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan!)

♦ Gluten Free Option: Replace the fillo baskets with strips of red bell pepper to make this recipe gluten-free.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 baskets

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Enzo Basil Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/04/25/tomato-basil-bruschetta-baskets/

Mango Avocado Ahi Poke Fillo Baskets

Hawaiian Mango Avocado Ahi Tuna Poke

I always know when a dish is really good when I go to post the recipe 3 days later and begin to drool on my keyboard after uploading the pictures!

Avocado Ahi Poke Recipe

This is one of those recipes!

Ahi Avocado Poke Baskets

On Wednesday morning I ventured up to Del Mar to the grand opening party for the new Whole Foods.  The party consisted of goodie bags, delicious samples and an incredible Ahi Tuna special!

I purchased 3.4 lbs of Ahi because:

  1. I can’t pass up a good deal.
  2. I can’t pass up a good deal on fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna.
  3. Everyone needs a little more ahi in their life!

I went home with my giant cut of fish and then began my menu planning for the next couple of days. I’m not going to lie to y’all, I had a nightmare last night that all of the ahi was gone.  Yes, my ahi addiction is now out of control!

These fillo baskets were the first dish I made with the delicious fish.

Avocado Tuna Sushi Baskets

The original idea for this recipe came from Tuna Fillo Baskets that we served at a sushi restaurant I worked at in college. I combined their recipe with my recipe for Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets and the Ahi Poke Fillo Baskets were born!

Ahi Sushi Fillo Baskets

Poke is Hawaiian for “to slice or cut” and the dish is just that, raw sliced up marinated ahi with added ingredients such as avocado, chili peppers, onions or hot sauce.

Mango Avocado Ahi Poke

The dish is now very popular served as an appetizer with soy sauce and wasabi, so it looks like I’m right on trend 😉

Mango Avocado Ahi Poke Fillo Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna
  • 1/4 cup ponzu sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 mango (diced)
  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 30 mini fillo shells
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh wasabi

Begin by gently dicing the ahi tuna.

Black Pepper Ponzo Ahi Tuna Recipe

Next, add the ponzu and black pepper.

Ponzu Marinated Ahi Tuna

Place in the refrigerator to marinate while preparing the rest of the poke.

Combine the diced mango and avocado.

Mango Avocado Salsa

Then add the onion, cilantro and lime juice.

Mango Avocado Salsa Recipe

Add the mango avocado mix to the marinated ahi. Place the poke in the fillo baskets, then top with a very small dollop of wasabi. Very small or not quite as small depending on how spicy you want it!

Mango Avocado Salsa Recipe

Mango Ahi Fillo Baskets

This was totally not intentionally, but don’t these look like cute little Easter baskets? So perfect for the upcoming holiday!

Ahi Poke Fillo Baskets

Ahi Tuna Avocado Poke Fillo Baskets

If you’re scared to roll your own sushi, this dish would be the perfect substitute! All of the delicious, fresh flavors, placed in a fillo basket instead of rolled in seaweed!

Ahi Tuna Avocado Poke Fillo Baskets

Ahi Tuna Poke Recipe

I’ll be serving this up all spring and summer! Happy Cooking Chopping!

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is pescaterian, but can be made vegetarian by omitting the ahi tuna.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Instead of fillo baskets, use Tostitos Scoops which are gluten-free.

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Mango Avocado Ahi Poke Fillo Baskets

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 30 fillo baskets

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna
  • 1/4 cup ponzu sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 mango (diced)
  • 2 avocados (diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 30 fillo baskets
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh wasabi

Instructions

  1. Gently dice the ahi tuna.
  2. Add the ponzu and black pepper to the diced tune.
  3. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Combine the diced mango and avocado in a small bowl.
  5. Add the onion, cilantro and lime juice to the mango and avocado.
  6. Combine the mango avocado mix with the marinated ahi.
  7. Spoon the combination into the fillo baskets.
  8. Top with a very small dollop of wasabi.
http://whitneybond.com/2013/03/01/mango-avocado-ahi-poke-fillo-baskets/

Berry Cream Fillo Baskets

These baskets are the perfect bite-sized patriotic dessert for a summer cook-out! I’m a fan of the traditional “flag cake” that everyone makes, but after a huge plate of BBQ I thought something small and light would be better!

Ingredients (makes 30 baskets)

  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • 8 oz neufchâtel (or cream cheese)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 30 mini fillo baskets
  • 8 strawberries (sliced in quarters)
  • 30 blueberries

Start by combining the whipped cream, cheese, vanilla and sugar in a large mixing bowl.

Next, fill a pastry bag or large Ziploc bag with the cream mixture.

Always easier with 2 hands, thanks Dad!!

Next, pipe the cream into the fillo baskets.

Now slice the strawberries and top each basket with a blueberry and one-quarter of a strawberry.

Refrigerate or serve immediately.

♣ Vegan Option: Substitute Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese for the neufchâtel cheese. Replace the whipped cream with a Vegan version, “Chocolate Covered Katie” has a great recipe for one on her blog!

♦ Gluten Free Option: Remove the fillo baskets and place the cream mixture in the bottom of a small dessert bowl and top with the fruit. (I made this for my brother who is gluten intolerant and he loved it!)

Mango Avocado Salsa Fillo Baskets

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

In continuation with the week of “sophisticated substitutes for traditional camp fire food” I swapped out boring ol’ chips and salsa for a crispy fillo basket filled with flavorful mango and avocado salsa!

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

This is a simple appetizer that is light, refreshing and so delicious!

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 30 mini fillo baskets
  • 2 avocados (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 mango (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Start by slicing the mango into small cubes and add to a small mixing bowl.

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

Slice the avocado and add to the mango.

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

Next add the chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and black pepper.

Mango Avocado Fillo Basket Recipe

Top with the lime juice and olive oil, mix together LIGHTLY so that you don’t mash the avocado and turn the salsa into guacamole!

Next, spoon the mixture into the fillo baskets.

Avocado Mango Salsa Fillo Baskets

Bite sized, light and packed with flavor, perfect for summer!

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

This recipe makes 3 cups of Mango Avocado salsa, enough to fill 30 mini fillo baskets, or you can use part of the salsa to fill the baskets and the rest to top another dish!

Mango Avocado Phyllo Basket Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian (and vegan)!

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 30 fillo baskets

Mango Avocado Fillo Baskets

Ingredients

  • 30 mini fillo baskets
  • 2 avocados (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 mango (sliced into cubes)
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp Enzo Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the mango into small cubes and add to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Slice the avocado and add to the mango.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and black pepper.
  4. Top with the lime juice and olive oil, mix together lightly.
  5. Spoon into the fillo baskets.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/04/19/whats-for-a-side-mango-avocado-fillo-baskets/

Black Bean and Chorizo Fillo Baskets

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Last night these delightful Mini Fillo Shells were lingering around my pantry saying “fill me and eat me!” These were a spur-of-the-moment purchase while at Fresh and Easy last week.  My thought “these are cute, I can find something to put in them!” And last night I did! They became the appetizer before my yummy dinner of Chicken and Sweet Corn Tamales I made by special request for my Mom!

I decided to make a black bean puree to put in the shells with spicy pork chorizo and topped with Cotija cheese. What a great combination of crunch from the fillo baskets and creaminess from the black bean puree! They were a huge hit and gone before I could set the serving plate on the coffee table!

Ingredients (makes 15 baskets)

  • 1 box 15 mini fillo shells
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 package pork chorizo (12 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese

Start by pre-heating the oven to 350°F and line the fillo shells up on a baking sheet.

Next, drain the black beans and place in a food processor or blender to puree.

Then add the chopped garlic to the black beans and blend.

Next, add the avocado oil.

Then the seasonings and lime juice.

Blend until all ingredients are incorporated.

Next, begin cooking the chorizo in a small skillet over medium-high heat.

While the chorizo is cooking pour the black bean puree into the bottom of each fillo basket.

Fill half way with the puree, just be sure to save room for the meat and cheese, AKA: the happiness!

Now about that happiness, the chorizo should be cooked through at this point and ready to be placed on top of the black bean puree!

Thank you to Billy for being such a doll and snapping some shots of me in action!

Mmmm chorizo!  Now top with the cotija cheese!  This cheese is named after a town in Mexico and is a salty, crumbly cheese similar to feta.

Place in the oven for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese on top.

Transfer to a serving plate and just try to make it to the table before they’re all gone!

A little close-up action…

You can also top with cilantro for a little extra flavor and color!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute soy-chorizo for pork chorizo, available at most grocery stores. 

♦ Gluten Free Option: Instead of fillo baskets, use Tostitos Scoops which are gluten-free.

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