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A recipe for Sweet Potato Pecan and Goat Cheese Bites. Sweet potatoes, herbs, and onions wrapped in filo dough and baked. Sweet Potato Pecan and Goat Cheese Bites. Sweet potato mixture wrapped in filo dough. Holiday season is upon us, and it is becoming stressful. Thoughts running through my head include: How the heck am I going to pull of Thanksgiving for the first time? Will it be fun or disgusting to shove my hand into the big hole in the back of a turkey? How do people keep everything warm with one oven? I wonder who the next celebrity that gets weird nude photos stolen off their phone will be? I hope I don’t burn things. So there is that going through my head. Constant circle of thoughts that is never ending. I know some of you are probably Thanksgiving veterans, so if you have any words of advice, I will very much appreciate it.

Moving on to things pertaining to this post, these are cute little appetizers. They are little filo pockets filled with goodness and they are super pretty. The tops kind of remind me of my hair when I wear it up. This is a bad thing, and now I will reconsider my go to hairstyle. Anyway, these are actually a great appetizer for parties. They are gorgeous, and easy. Not to mention the ingredients lend itself to Thanksgiving. We also have a lot of other appetizer recipes in our recipe index if you are looking for something specific. YAY HOLIDAYS!
♥ Teri

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Sweet Potato Pecan and Goat Cheese Bites
Makes 26 to 30

sweet potato filling:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
½ yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon thyme, minced
1/3 cup sweet bourbon
¼ cup toasted pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
salt and pepper to taste
8 sheets filo, thawed
¼ cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan, over medium-high heat.
3. Sauté sweet potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes. Add onions and garlic and continue to sauté. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Add thyme and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
5. Deglaze pan with the bourbon and cook until the liquid has almost disappeared, about 5 minutes.
6. Stir in the pecans, cumin and cinnamon and reduce the heat to medium.
7. Gently stir in the goat cheese until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into a bowl and set aside.
8. Place a single filo sheet onto a cutting board and brush with butter; layer with another filo sheet and repeat until all have been used. Cut out 1½ inch squares.
9. Place a tablespoon of filling in the center of each square and form small bags, slightly twisting the top to hold the filling in place (creating small filo purses).
10. Place the bags onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake for 13 to 17 minutes or until the bags turn golden brown. Serve warm.


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  1. The Sweet Cupcaker Not Specified Not Specified

    this looks amazing! I’m drooling.

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  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    These are so dreamy sounding. Awesome recipe!

  4. Vivian Not Specified Not Specified

    oh my…. drooling* over the laptop. These look scrumptious!

  5. nicole {sweet peony} Not Specified Not Specified

    that phyllo looks gorgeous! the filling doesn’t sound too bad either :)

  6. carly {carlyklock} Not Specified Not Specified

    such pretty little purses! yum-o.

    and, yeah – how the heck do people keep everything warm?!?!?

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet Not Specified Not Specified





  8. Kristy Lynn @ Gastronomical Sovereignty Not Specified Not Specified

    goat cheese? good!

    pecans? good!

    sweet potatoes? good!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      hahaha!! LOVE that episode…and if this wasn’t a “Friends” reference and I’m being super nerdy…well that’s just kind of uncomfy….oh well :)

  9. Alaiyo Kiasi Not Specified Not Specified

    Now THIS I can do! You’ve made my day (well, I am easy to please) because I made a complete disaster using filo dough, but what you did with these little gems looks easy and so beautifully frilly. If you serve these as appetizers at your Thanksgiving meal, your guests will be thrilled. I’m thrilled just looking at the photos.

    Happy Thanksgiving!



  10. Becky at Vintage Mixer Not Specified Not Specified

    Totally making these for our Thanksgiving party with friends! Great recipe!!

  11. Pure2raw twins Not Specified Not Specified

    wow those look incredible! love cumin and cinnamon!!! and can’t go wrong with sweet potatoes, pecans and goat cheese!! YUM

  12. joey Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds beyond delicious! We don’t really have Thanks giving over here but I would have these any day :)

  13. Amy Powell Not Specified Not Specified

    Yum! I think this’ll be the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer :)

  14. tess Not Specified Not Specified

    any substitutes for the sweet bourbon-less?

  15. gail{astackofdishes} Not Specified Not Specified

    Gorgeous! Now I’m rethinking apps for Tday….

  16. Jessie M Not Specified Not Specified

    I think I’m going to make those for my end of semester party! Thanks for the idea! We already had Thanksgiving in October (I’m Canadian) but hope you Yanks have a great one!

  17. rebecca Not Specified Not Specified

    Why do i read your blog when im hungry? I now have to go out and buy the stuff i need to make these as i have to have them right now!!! loving your blog by the way, fab name too!x

  18. Maria Not Specified Not Specified

    Is there anything that can be prepped ahead of time? Or can these be made the day before and reheated?

  19. Christi's Chirps Not Specified Not Specified

    These look GREAT! Both pretty and delicious, I’m sure! I’ll need to remember this for other holiday parties!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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  21. Julie Not Specified Not Specified

    Any thoughts on making these with won-tons verse the filo dough? I just have leftover won-tons

  22. this is lemonade Not Specified Not Specified

    Anything wrapped in crispy filo pastry is good for me… The goats cheese is the icing/cherry :) Lovely lovely! Yum :)

  23. jaybird Not Specified Not Specified

    I made these for a dinner party last week, and the flavors were good, but I had some assembly difficulties. I couldn’t figure out how to fit a tablespoon of filling into a 1.5″ square. It seemed like the squares should be at least 3″ (maybe more to pull off the twist at the end). I probably should have tested one before cutting up all of my dough. Oops! But I thought I’d give you ladies a heads up in case others have the same issue. Thanks! Love your site, btw.

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  26. Tracy Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made these! They are very delicious! I used 4″ squares of phyllo. Also, I deglazed the pan with whiskey instead and added some maple syrup…I didn’t mix the cheese in, I just added a little bit on the top of each before I wrapped them. I also did a variation of this and used pumpkin instead of sweet potato! Amazing!