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HG Salutes: Mini Fillo Shells!

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07.19.13
 
 




Today, we're paying homage to a guilt-free group of tiny time-savers in the world of adorable appetizers, petite desserts, and other delicious bites. We salute you, mini fillo shells! (If we high-fived them, they'd shatter.)

 
  What Are They?


Mini Fillo Shells
2 mini shells, average: 25 calories, 1g fat, 15mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

"Light, flaky layers of fillo are formed into homemade-looking mini shells, then fully baked and frozen fresh. Fast and easy to use, Athens Mini Fillo Shells are ready to fill and serve for snacks, appetizers, desserts and breakfasts. And they contain no cholesterol!"

This description is brought to you by the brand behind our favorite mini shells, Athens. While accurate, it fails to mention how wondrous the little guys are when it comes to enjoying tasty fillo goodness without having to work with delicate fillo sheets (arduous!) and add butter or oil (unnecessary!). Find 'em in the freezer aisle... They're generally located near the frozen fruit, pie crusts, and whipped topping.

 
 
 
  Why Do We Love Them?


Ready to Party - There's a very good reason these shells landed on our Holidays-in-a-Hurry Ingredient List. And that reason is that they go from frozen to chompable in five minutes flat! (Oven preheating time not included. If fillo shells could somehow preheat our ovens that fast, we'd be a bit concerned by their immense power.)

They Go with Everything - These pastry bites are neither sweet nor salty, so they're perfect bases for pretty much anything you wanna pop inside 'em. Scope out the recipes below to see the widely varied ways we serve these babies up!

That CRUNCH! - There's just something about the texture -- perfectly crisp and light -- that we FLIP over. You get that flaky pastry experience without the flaky pastry calories. Mega score!

 
  BFFs!


Chocolate - Mini fillo shells and chocolate are friends from way back. When baked together, the chocolate gets melty, the shells get crispy... AHHHHH! Try this three-ingredient recipe, featured on The Dr. Oz Show. It calls for Hershey's Kisses and fresh raspberries!

Couples and Trios - Super-simple recipes with just two or three ingredients are common in HG land, and mini fillo shells make frequent appearances -- partly because they're so amazing that it doesn't take much to turn them into an outrageously good dish, and partly because there's only so much you can stuff inside 'em. Pssst... Many of the recipes in today's roundup are couples or trios!

The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss Cheese - If you're going the savory route, nothing is going to get you there faster with fewer calories and great flavor than some LCL. Need proof? Every single savory recipe listed down below is made with Laughing Cow Light!

Mini Desserts - Did you know that we created oodles of special recipes with these shells for Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts? They're called crunchettes, and they're some of the cutest desserts you'll ever make. Teeny-tiny pumpkin pies, sprinkle-topped pudding bites, and more!

 
 
 
  "Mini Fillo, Mega Flavor!" Recipe Roundup


BFFs! (Black Forest Fillo-Cups!) - Gooey filling with a pop of sweet cherry goodness. No wonder we call them our BFFs...

Athens Mini Fillo Shells + Snickers - These two-ingredient bites are so tasty and fun... not to mention SO easy to make.

BCCs (Beany Cheesy Cups) - BCCs are more than just good etiquette when emailing a large group of people. They're also tasty refried bean bites!

Cheeseburger Fillo Bites - If you want to see a group of mature adults turn into a bunch of excited children, serve up these burger-ific goodies! (At least that's what happened at the HG HQ. Gleeful pandemonium ensued.)

Fudgy Truffle Bites - What's that? You've never tried Gayle's Miracles? Order some stat, and bake 'em in fillo shells!

Crispy Pecan Pie Bites - If you're game to get a little fancy with your mini desserts, this recipe for bite-sized pecan pies is ready and waiting...

Caramelized Onion Fillo Bites - This recipe serves two, perfect for a quiet date night in. Warning: Your quiet night may be interrupted by shouts of "HOLY COW, THESE ARE GREAT!"

Tuna Melt Bites - The classic sandwich gets downsized and cute-ified. We've just been informed that cute-ified is not a word, but we are using it nonetheless. These creamy, crunchy treats ROCK.

 

Click "Send to a Friend" so all your pals know about these fun pastry shells! (You might wanna pick up some at the store first, in case you start a major craze.)

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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