We are having our first official snow/ice day in Dallas this year and I’m taking the opportunity to try out one of the appetizers I plan to make for the Valentines Dinner.  I realize half of the country is totally making fun us Texans’ with our silly weather but we really don’t handle this stuff well.  We were not made to deal with 10 degrees.  I don’t even know what to do other than stay in my pajamas and wrap my down duvet around me with a cup of hot soup!  It was pretty funny watching the two Superbowl teams riding in their fancy buses to Media Day down highway 30 with literally no one on the road but them…

Valentine’s Day Couples Dinner
Valentine’s Day Couples Dinner

This appetizer is nice and easy and really yummy.  It took a whole 10 minutes to prep and another 10 to cook which will make it ideal to serve warm once my guests arrive.  I feel like I’m constantly fighting to find appetizers that are going to taste good at room temperature.  Any suggestions??

Ingredients:

1 package (15 shells) of fillo shells

1 package (8 oz) of Neufchatel cheese (it should be by the cream cheese at your local grocery store, if you can not find it use cream cheese instead)

1 small jar of your favorite chutney (I used a Harry and David roasted red pepper chutney)

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

1 large shallot sliced thin

3 tbs vegetable oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Place the shells on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Heat oil for frying in a small pan.  While the oil is getting hot slice your shallot.  Fry the shallots and set them aside on a paper towel to dry.  With a hand mixer blend together the neufchatel cheese, garlic and , thyme.  This works best with the cheese at room temperature.   Using a small spoon fill each fillo shell with the cheese and top with your chutney.  Finish off with a topping of fried shallot and then bake for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

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