Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Line a 13x17-inch baking sheet with parchment. Put one sheet of phyllo on the pan and brush with some of the melted butter. Sprinkle evenly with 1-1/2 Tbs. sugar and lay another sheet of phyllo on top. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with 1-1/2 Tbs. sugar. Lay the last sheet of phyllo on top, brush with more melted butter, and sprinkle with 1-1/2 Tbs. sugar.
With the tip of a sharp knife, cut the phyllo lengthwise into 4 even strips. Then cut each strip on the diagonal, alternating the direction of the knife to form little triangles (see photo below). Cover with parchment and set another baking sheet on top. This will keep the phyllo from buckling during baking.
Bake until the phyllo is golden brown (lift the pan and top piece of parchment to check the color), about 15 minutes. To keep the phyllo chips extra flat, let them cool before unstacking the pans and removing the chips. They are best served the same day but will stay crisp for 2 days if stored in an airtight container.
While the chips are baking, make the strawberry mash. With a pastry cutter or a potato masher, smash the strawberries in a medium bowl with the remaining 2 Tbs. sugar until pulverized but still a bit chunky. Taste; I like it on the tart side since the phyllo chips and ice cream are quite sweet. Cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled.
Put two scoops of vanilla ice cream in eight individual dessert bowls and spoon about an eighth of the strawberry mash over each portion. Tuck some phyllo chips in the ice cream or serve the chips on the side. If the ice cream is soft enough, you can use the chips to scoop it like a dip.
nutrition information (per serving):
based on eight servings, Calories
10, Fat Calories
90, Saturated Fat
2, Monounsaturated Fat
26, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips