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FILO PASTRY BASKETSThese are great to serve at parties, and you can pretty much make what ever flavours you like!

Salmon, Spinach and Cream Cheese Filo BasketSalmon, Cream Cheese and Spinach Filo Baskets – I used cubed salmon fillet from the supermarket as it contains no bones and is already diced into small pieces for you. I also used Philadephia cream cheese block because its easier to dice into cubes. Fresh spinach is ideal, as frozen would become watery and make the pastry soggy, and nobody likes soggy pastry. Cut the pastry into squares and line them in a muffin tray. Then fill with the ingredients, putting the cheese in last, and lightly fold over the corners of the pastry to keep the ingredients in. Do not over fill as you may encounter some expansion during cooking. Brush the pastry with butter to avoid it sticking and to make the filo nice and golden brown. Bake at 180 degrees celcius (fan-forced oven) for 30 mins or until golden brown.Chicken, Bacon, Basil and Mozzarella Filo BasketsChicken, Bacon, Fresh Basil and Mozzarella Filo Baskets – I made one fatal flaw with these, the basil should go underneath the mozzarella cheese, but I forgot it so put it on the top instead. They still taste amazing, but for presentation purposes it is better to have it underneath as it doesn’t brown as much. For this recipe I used Manuka honey smoked chicken and bacon. It’s pretty much the same method as above – Cut the pastry into squares and line them in a muffin tray. Then fill with the ingredients, putting the cheese in last, and lightly fold over the corners of the pastry to keep the ingredients in. Do not over fill as you may encounter some expansion during cooking. Brush the pastry with butter to avoid it sticking and to make the filo nice and golden brown. Bake at 180 degrees celcius (fan-forced oven) for 30 mins or until golden brown.

Scallop, Garlic and Thousand Island Filo BasketsScallop, Garlic, Double Cream Brie and thousand Island filo Baskets – These ones were made as a treat because Scallops at the supermarket were cheap! I put four small scallops in each basket, added a little ground salt and pepper, a bit of crushed garlic, a bit of thousand island dressing, and a chunk of double cream brie on top. You could mix it up a bit and use scallops, lemon pepper butter and any other cheese you like, or go cheeseless if you desire. Once again, its the same method as above – Cut the pastry into squares and line them in a muffin tray. Then fill with the ingredients, putting the cheese in last, and lightly fold over the corners of the pastry to keep the ingredients in. Do not over fill as you may encounter some expansion during cooking. Brush the pastry with butter to avoid it sticking and to make the filo nice and golden brown. Bake at 180 degrees celcius (fan-forced oven) for 30 mins or until golden brown.

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