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Meatball Mini Phyllo Cup Appetizers with Cranberry Pecan Relish

While these Meatball Mini Phyllo Cup Appetizers are delicious all year round, I especially like to make them as holiday appetizers due to the festive colors. The cranberry pecan relish adds a cheerful red to these cute Christmas appetizers and topping them with fresh mint brings the (edible) “evergreen” to this Christmas finger food.

These Meatball Mini Phyllo Cups with Cranberry Pecan Relish are an easy holiday appetizer that look much more involved than they really are.

Christmas will be here soon and this year, I’m focusing on easy Christmas appetizers and finger foods to bring to events or serve to guests. All I want for Christmas is my sanity intact. Can I get an amen? Here’s how these easy holiday appetizers made my December easier.

Holiday Appetizers for a Progressive Dinner Party

A few years ago I hosted the appetizer course of a progressive dinner. What is a progressive dinner? I’m glad you asked! Progressive dinner parties can look a little different depending on who is hosting, but the basic idea is to caravan to the homes of party hosts for each course of a meal.

In the case of this particular progressive dinner, I was the first stop on the route and I made these phyllo cup appetizers for the guests. 

By the way, if you’re participating in a progressive dinner as a host or hostess, I recommend signing up for easy Christmas appetizers over any other course. Why? After your cute Christmas appetizers have been wolfed down, you can hop in someone’s car and join the rest of the caravan! It’s like getting to be a host and a guest at the same time.

Easy Christmas Appetizers

I wanted to serve my guests a Christmas finger food that was original and impressive without biting off more than I could chew for my first progressive dinner.

That’s how my Meatball Mini Phyllo Cups with Cranberry Pecan Relish recipe was born! These mini phyllo cup appetizers were a hit and easy enough to make that I didn’t have much prep work.

Cleanup was a cinch too so I could join the rest of the party at the remaining houses on the route without dreading coming home to a messy kitchen

easy christmas finger food recipe

Christmas Finger Food Recipe

This festive Christmas finger food looks much more labor-intensive than it really is and will impress your guests with little effort on your part. 

Meatball Mini Phyllo Cup Appetizers with Cranberry Pecan Relish

Ingredients
  • 30 frozen meatballs, thawed and sliced in half
  • 60 Mini Phyllo Cups
  • 2 Clementine Oranges, cut into wedges
  • 1 12oz package cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh mint to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Use a food processor to grind clementines, (peel and all!) cranberries, pecans, sugar, and salt together into a relish
  3. Place a spoonful of prepared relish into the bottom of each cup
  4. Top with 1 meatball half per cup
  5. Bake 10 minutes or until meatball is heated through
  6. Sprinkle with chopped mint leaves and serve warm

Tips for your phyllo cup appetizers

  • Use clementines instead of oranges. They don’t have seeds! Be sure to wash the peels with a veggie wash before putting them in the food processor
  • Farm Rich meatballs are precooked and fully seasoned. Save time by using them instead of making meatballs from scratch. They are gluten-free too!
  • If nut allergies are a concern, just leave out the pecans. The relish texture won’t suffer.
  • Serve these cute Christmas appetizers warm from the oven, but don’t worry if they cool over the course of your progressive dinner or party. They are bite-sized and definitely can’t be eaten piping hot without someone burning their mouth. This is ideal for holiday parties where people tend to lollygag or you feel you have to wait for everyone to show up before you begin
  • Caveat – Don’t leave these holiday appetizers out for hours and hours on end because…food safety. I know you don’t need to hear that but someone might. 
  • Reheat any leftovers in the oven, toaster oven, or air fryer, not the microwave. Phyllo dough appetizers don’t play well with the microwave.

 

Meatball Mini Phyllo Cup Appetizers with Cranberry Pecan Relish

Jenn
This festive Christmas finger food looks much more labor-intensive than it really is and will impress your guests with little effort on your part. 
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine Appetizer
Servings 60
Calories 136 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 30 frozen precooked meatballs, thawed and sliced in half
  • 60 Mini Phyllo Cups
  • 2 Clementine Oranges cut into wedges
  • 1 12 oz package cranberries
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Use a food processor to grind clementines, (peel and all!) cranberries, pecans, sugar, and salt together into a relish
  • Place a spoonful of prepared relish into the bottom of each cup
  • Top with 1 meatball half per cup
  • Bake 10 minutes or until meatball is heated through and mini Phyllo cups are starting to brown
  • Sprinkle with chopped mint leaves and serve warm or at room temperature
Keyword cute christmas appetizers, easy christmas appetizers, phyllo cup appetizers
Nutrition Facts
Meatball Mini Phyllo Cup Appetizers with Cranberry Pecan Relish
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 206mg9%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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