Small crispy phyllo bites are real crowd pleasers and this recipe is no exception!
4 sheets of phyllo pastry
30 mL (2 tablespoons) of melted butter
500 mL (2 cups) of Lafleur Authentique Slowly Smoked Ham, finely diced
125mL (½ cup) of peas
125 mL (½ cup) of carrots, diced
125 mL (½ medium) of onion, diced
125 mL (½ cup) of celery, diced
5 mL (1 teaspoon) of olive oil
500 mL (2 cups) of cold milk
30 mL (2 tablespoons) of flour
30 mL (2 tablespoons) of butter
5 mL (1 teaspoon) of garlic, chopped
5 mL (1 teaspoon) of thyme, chopped
5 mL (1 teaspoon) of chives, chopped
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C)
Roll out a sheet of phyllo pastry on work surface and brush top with melted butter. Place a second sheet of phyllo on top and brush with more melted butter. Repeat until you have 4 sheets of phyllo, stacked and buttered.
Cut phyllo into four squares of equal size. Place each in a muffin tin, pressing down in the middle to form a nest.
Bake in oven for 2 to 3 minutes and set aside.
Melt butter in a pan and add flour gradually, mixing well. Add milk a little at a time. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking frequently. Add garlic, thyme, chives, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
Cook vegetables in a pan of boiling water and drain.
Warm olive oil in a pan and sauté ham over medium heat. Add vegetables, then Béchamel sauce; mix well.
Serve filling in phyllo nests garnished with chives, and steamed vegetables on the side.