These Smoked Ham Salad & Pecan Appetizer Bites are rich and savory folded into a light, flaky pastry fillo shell.
What dish did you eat the most of this Thanksgiving?
I hope all of you had a healthy, happy and fun Thanksgiving with family and friends!
I’ve got you covered! These Smoked Ham Salad & Pecan Appetizer Bites are perfect for leftover ham.
They’re smoky, rich, savory in a light, flaky crust and so poppable, before you know it, you’ve had 15 of these delicious babies between just the two of you. Oh, wait. Maybe that’s just us. 🙂
To make these, just take your leftover ham and blitz it in your food processor until it’s really nice and fine, like this.
These are sssooo super easy to throw together, you will love them! They make quick work of leftover ham and they taste amazing because of 2 great ingredients – the smoky flavor of Black Forest Ham and Smoked Gouda cheese. Then, topped with buttery pecans, they are seriously savory and mouth-watering. Then, you take all that deliciousness and wrap them up into a delicate, light, flaky fillo shell.
They are so convenient and poppable as an appetizer – they’re perfect for parties or for guests. Kids love them too!
Have you ever used the Athens Mini Fillo Shells before? If you haven’t ever tried them, you really should! They are so great for quick and easy appetizers and you can fill them with any filling – savory or sweet.
The other thing I love about them is that they’re kept in the freezer until ready to use, then you just bring them out and they take just a few minutes to get to room temperature. Then, you fill them with your favorite filling. It’s so easy to prepare a filling in advance and thaw them and fill them right before your guests arrive.
I don’t fill these early, because I want to ensure that the fillo shell stays crisp and doesn’t get soggy.
Oh…, what? You had turkey instead? It no matteh!, I have a delectable Smoked Almond Chicken Salad Bites recipe that works beautifully with leftover turkey! Talk about giving your tastebuds a treat! You simply haven’t lived until you’ve tried Smoked Almonds with chicken or turkey!
Not in the mood for appys? No worries, try these Smoked Almond Tea Sandwiches instead.
No matter which of these three recipes you choose, you’ll have a great recipe that will change that ham and turkey up so that it’s no longer boring!
This last photo shows you what they look like without the pecans on them. If you have guests that you know are allergic to nuts and especially pecans, just leave them out! They still taste as amazing, and then everyone can enjoy them!
- 2 cups finely chopped black forest ham
- ¼ cup celery, finely diced
- ¼ cup onion, finely diced
- 1 cup smoked gouda, shredded
- ¼ cup fat-free mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 25 mini fillo cups
- ¼ to ½ cup chopped pecans
- Mix ham, celery, onions, gouda, mayonnaise and mustard together in a medium-sized bowl. Fill each fillo shell with 1 heaping teaspoon of ham salad. Sprinkle the top of each with chopped pecans.