My dinner party cooking experiences are usually so chaotic that I am usually cutting dishes at the end of the night instead of thinking about what more to add. However, a new exception to that longstanding rule occurred with my recent Downton Abbey finale party in which I decided to add a simple appetizer to my dinner table just an hour or two before guests arrived.
That simple appetizer was made with some leftover ingredients from my main dinner course preparations - approx. 3 oz. of goat cheese, 1 tsp. of chopped tarragon, and 1 tsp. of chopped basil. To that mixture I added just a bit of salt and pepper, and placed approximately equal amounts of the mixture into a package of pre-baked filo cups, which have been in my freezer for some time.
For a much neater presentation, I could have piped the goat cheese mixture into the cups, but oh well. I baked the cups for approx. 15 mixtures or until the cups and filling were hot.
These filo cups are really a lifesaver to have in the kitchen - you can fill them with almost anything for a bite-size appetizer, and I'll definitely be experimenting with more variations in the future.