Late Night Breakfast Cups: Easy Appetizer Recipe

Ham and Cheese Phyllo Cups Easy AppetizerThis easy appetizer recipe for Ham & Cheese Phyllo Cups is a ode to the New Year’s Eve tradition of Late Night breakfast. Serve the bite size cups for your party guests after the midnight toast, or when you get back from a holiday event. These quick to make ham and cheese phyllo cups are also a great easy recipe option for brunch anytime of year.boneless ham
Chopping some good quality boneless ham beforehand,and buying pre-shredded cheese and frozen phyllo shells is the trick to being able to whip up a fresh batch of these easy appetizers in a flash.  I am typically not much of a ham eater, but must say the Hormel Cure 81  boneless ham was pretty tasty.  While I got a larger one this time,  I liked that it also comes in a quarter ham size, which is great for small families like mine.

If you really want to speed up making these, you could mix the filling a few hours beforehand, and just fill the shells while your oven is preheating.  I wouldn’t fill the shells before hand though, they would most likely get rather soggy, ruining the “toast-like” crispness of the phyllo.

Ham and Cheese Phyllo Cups: Easy Appetizer Recipe
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Late Night Breakfast Ham and Cheese Phyllo Cups. Easy Appetizer Recipe that is also great for brunch spreads.
  • Frozen phyllo pastry shells (30-36)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbs of heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat eggs and cream together with a whisk.
  3. Mix in the shredded cheese and chopped ham.
  4. Scoop into the frozen phyllo shells. Make sure not to over fill.
  5. Place on baking sheet, and bake for 12-15 minutes, until egg sets.
  6. Allow the phyllo cups to cool for a minute or two before serving.

Ham and Cheese phyllo breakfast cups
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  1. says

    You had me at phyllo pastry shells. Love them!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      None of them lasted long enough to get frozen…lol.

  2. says

    Breakfast is my favourite meal! These look amazing.

  3. says

    I just made breakfast cups for our Christmas Day brunch. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart. These look delish!

    • Robin Gagnon says

      I’m sure Martha’s were much fancier :)

  4. says

    These look so fun and perfect for new years!

  5. says

    Yum and what a great idea for a New Year’s morning breakfast, especially after some drinks.

  6. says

    I do these with Bisquick as the kids absolutely love them. I’ll have to buy some Phyllo to make them that way, yummy!

  7. says

    I may have to try this some weekend when we are not busy :)

  8. Randi Ervin says

    Made this today . . . and it was delicious! I added some spinach and used a sharp New Zealand white cheddar. It was fast, easy and tasty! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Robin Gagnon says

      Thanks for the feedback, now I’m craving sharp cheddar!

  9. Becky says

    Can I use regular milk instead of the heavy cream? I just got back from the store and totally forgot the cream. Also the only phyllo shells I could find are mini, is the recipe still the same?

    • Robin Gagnon says

      I think the cups I used may actually have been mini, although not labeled that way. As far as swapping out the milk it should not be an issue at all, the cream just adds a little more richness.

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