French Onion Fillo Bites

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 15 bites 1x


The best appetizer ever, these little bites taste like French Onion Soup and can be made in advance!



  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 deli slices gruyere or other sharp white cheese (or 1 ounce cheese very thinly sliced, the deli slices just make things easier)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 package frozen fillo cups (15 or so)
  • Fresh thyme leaves


  1. In a small skillet, add the onion, beef stock, spices (except for the fresh thyme), and Worcestershire with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Cook the onion mixture over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. This will take about 45 minutes, more or less depending on your stove and the skillet you use. A nonstick skillet works great for this!
  3. Cut the cheese slices into 8 pieces each – enough to yield two small squares per fillo cup.
  4. When the filling ingredients are prepped, preheat the oven to 375F and fill the filo cups. Place a small amount of parmesan cheese in each cup, followed by about a teaspoon of the onion mixture (use it all up!). Top each cup with two small pieces of melting cheese.
  5. Bake the cups for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Top with fresh thyme leaves and serve hot. For potluck events, I bake these right before I leave and serve them at room temperature, or assemble them and bake them at the host’s house if appropriate.