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When folks show up for Thanksgiving dinner the smell of all that wonderful food cooking sometimes starts their tummies growling. So we put together some appetizers to keep everyone happy while the big feast is being finished in the kitchen.

These can be made in the oven or toaster oven.

{Makes 2 dozen appetizers}

You'll need:

  • 1 package of phyllo dough
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 stick of butter - melted
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 18 large black olives - diced
  • Adult help


  • Measuring cups
  • Kitchen shears or scissors
  • Plastic wrap
  • 2 mini-muffin pans
  • A small bowl
  • A whisk
  • Hot pads
  • A butter knife
    1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Use the shears to cut the phyllo into 2 inch squares. Quickly cover the finished squares with plastic wrap so they won't dry out.
    3. Butter inside and around the edge of half of the indentations in the muffin tin. You'll only use half the cups because the petals of the flowers shouldn't touch while they bake. You will have to reuse the pans to make all the sunflowers.
    4. Take about 3 squares of phyllo and press them into a buttered muffin cup. Repeat until all the buttered cups are filled.
    5. Butter the phyllo, spreading out the "petals" as you go. Make sure you spread the butter all the way to the ends of the phyllo so it becomes crispy and not just dried out in the oven.
    6. Take another 3 squares of phyllo and lay them crossways on top of an already lined cup. Now you have eight petals instead of just four. Repeat until all the cups have their petals.
    7. Brush this layer of phyllo with butter as well.
    8. Bake the phyllo cups for 5 minutes.
    9. Mix the egg yolks, salt, pepper and the cream and pour about 1/2 inch into each phyllo cup.
    10. Put one cherry tomato or 2 teaspoons of chopped olive into each cup.
    11. Bake the sunflowers for another 5-10 minutes until the filling has set.
    12. Ask for adult help removing the muffin pans from the oven.
    13. Let the phyllo flowers cool for a few minutes then slide a butter knife under the petals and carefully lift them out of the pan.
    14. Arrange on a plate to serve.

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