Berry Cream Fillo Baskets are a deliciously simple dessert, made in only 10 minutes, they’re perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Summer BBQ’s!
These berry cream fillo baskets are the perfect bite-sized patriotic dessert for a summer cook-out! I’m a fan of the popular “flag cake”, but after a huge plate of BBQ I thought something small and light would be better!
Whether it’s Memorial Day Weekend or 4th of July, you can whip these sweet little desserts up in no time!
Mango, avocado, and ahi tuna are combined into a beautiful Hawaiian Ahi Poke recipe, then placed inside fillo baskets for a light, flavorful appetizer!
Mango, avocado, and ahi tuna are combined into a beautiful Hawaiian Ahi Poke recipe, then placed inside fillo baskets for a light, flavorful appetizer!I always know when a dish is reallygood when I go to post the recipe 3 days later and begin to drool on my keyboard after uploading the pictures!
This is one of those recipes!
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:
I can’t pass up a good deal.
I can’t pass up a good deal on fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna.
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.
The original idea for this recipe came from Tuna Fillo Baskets that we served at a sushi restaurant I worked at in college.
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, 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. (As seen below)