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Thumb_13792_Banana-Pecan Strudel

Thumb_13792_Banana-Pecan Strudel

This strudel is a study in contrasts: crisp phyllo, viscous honey, creamy banana and crunchy pecans. If using frozen phyllo dough, allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Read more about this recipe at Cook & Eat.

Thumb_20950_Greek Spinach Pie

Thumb_20950_Greek Spinach Pie

Spanakopita -- an onion, spinach and feta-filled pie made with a flaky phyllo dough crust -- is a classic Greek dish. Serve with a salad as a light supper or use the filling to make triangle-shaped hors d'oeuvres.

Thumb_21057_Greek Cheese Pie

Thumb_21057_Greek Cheese Pie

Tiropita is a classic Greek pie made with feta custard in a crisp phyllo dough crust. It's also frequently folded into triangles and served as an hors d'oeuvre.

Thumb_11028_Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potato Tarts

Thumb_11028_Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potato Tarts

My friend Samantha's grandmother was called Nola. She made these tarts for dinner, they could easily be dessert. When I asked her how she made them, she said she drank half the bottle of bourbon and then started on the sweet potatoes. Read more about these tarts at Adventures in Slaw. This recipe was featured in the Root Source Challenge #11: Bourbon.

Thumb_20189_Pistachio Baklava

Thumb_20189_Pistachio Baklava

Baklava goes green with finely crushed pistachios. The addition of a little rose water to the soaking syrup adds an exotic floral note.

Thumb_13300_Squash Phyllo Triangles

Thumb_13300_Squash Phyllo Triangles

Phyllo is often avoided by the home cook because it seems so delicate and difficult to use. In reality, even though it is quite fragile, it is also very forgiving. It doesn't show rips and tears the way a pie crust might. Read more about this recipe in Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children.

Thumb_19222_Vegetable Bisteeya

Thumb_19222_Vegetable Bisteeya

Sweetened Moroccan-style vegetable pie is made with crispy phyllo dough and flavored with cardamom and cinnamon. This recipe is part of Andrew Schloss's Sunday Dinners.

Thumb_16580_Persimmon Tarte Tatin

Thumb_16580_Persimmon Tarte Tatin

This easy treatment presents an opportunity for the Fuyu persimmon to show its true color, with its bright flavor marrying well with the sweetness of the tart's caramel. Read more about this recipe at The Washington Post.