Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine's Test Run II- BROCCOLI NESTS

It's time to test my appetizer recipe idea. This time with broccoli...real deal with shrimp in a creamy sauce or maybe just bake the nests, and later fill them with crab or shrimp salad or something similar.
Shredded fillo dough is so versatile. And you can go in both directions: sweet and savory.  Instead of using broccoli, you can use all kind of other fillings: meat, chicken, shrimp. You can also just bake the nests and later fill them with crab salad, fruit salad, instant pudding, ice-cream, .... possibilities are really endless!
Broccoli nests are also a perfect way to introduce youngsters to broccoli. Who can possibly resist the crunch?

Broccoli Nests on FoodistaBroccoli Nests

(For the printable version click here)

3 small broccoli florets
1/4 of a package of shredded fillo dough
1/4 cup olive oil
black pepper
shredded sharp cheddar cheese, optional
caramelized onions, optional

Cut florets into smaller pieces. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Add salt, broccoli florets, and bring to a boil again. Lower the heat to medium and let the broccoli cook for 5 minutes. Drain and shock with ice cold water. Set aside.

In a bowl, combine olive oil and shredded fillo dough. Make sure that all the dough is covered with oil. Let rest for 5 minutes, so that the dough absorbs the oil. I'm using olive oil, but you can use the same amount of melted unsalted butter.

Arrange the dough into a cupcake baking pan (10-12) or muffin baking pan (6). Press the dough down firmly and add the broccoli florets (just the top portion, without stem) and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

 Bake in 400*F preheated oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

Top with caramelized onions and/or cheese (optional) and return to the oven (oven is now already turned off) for 5 minutes, just enough time for the cheese to melt.

Serve drizzled with freshly squeezed lemon juice or sauce or dressing of your choice. I like it simple, so lemon juice it is!


  1. with shrimps and/or crab meat will be just perfect for V day - pinkish :)

  2. How simple is that, and so impressive! I love the broccoli. What a terrific way to get folks to eat this healthy vegetable.


  3. These are adorable! I have never come across shredded filo before, but I will have to look for it!

  4. Amazing Mateja..I love how you did that, and look so wonderful!

  5. I didn't even know that there is shredded fillo dough.. it looks really much more interesting that regular dough :)

  6. Very unique! I too didn't know there is shredded filo dough!

  7. Wow...simple enough for family, but impressive enough for company! Lovely!!!

  8. I'd love to serve these as an appetizer at a dinner party! They are adorable and they sound yummy good - great job!

  9. oh what a great idea! looks absolutely delicious!

  10. So easy to make and it looks delicious as well. Thanks for sharing

  11. Looking forward to working with that shredded phyllo. Thanks for the idea.

  12. Wonderful idea for little ones! Now I will be off to get some shredded phyllo dough!

  13. I'm so glad you all liked it and I'm also glad to introduce the shredded fillo dough to some of you :D