Guava Cream Cheese Phyllo Tartlets

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A Greek inspired spin on a Latin American favorite. Guava Cheese Pasteles become Guava Cream Cheese Phyllo Tartletts.


  • 6 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1/2 lb guava paste
  • 1 lb softened cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp dark caribbean rum
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Julienned basil for garnish
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375°


  1. Take one sheet of phyllo and brush butter over it.
  2. Repeat this process twice more and stack the three sheets together
  3. Repeat the entire process for the remaining 3 sheets to create another 3 sheet stack
  4. Sprinkle the sugar on the top sheet then cut into 4″ x 4″ squares
  5. Tuck each square into a regular muffin pan to form a pocket
  6. Place in a 375° oven for 5 – 8 minutes or until phyllo dough is lightly golden brown
  7. Remove from oven to cool


  1. In countertop mixer, whip softened cream cheese until fluffy
  2. Add guava paste, orange juice, rum and cinnamon and puree until smooth
  3. Place in a bowl and store in refrigerator to chill


  1. Scoop portion size into phyllo crisp and garnish with basil


  • Taste for rum content and sweetness and adjust rum and sugar accordingly.
  • Watch phyllo dough closely in oven as it takes only a few minutes to brown.
By Chef Irie