Forget about nachos and salsa—for dessert lovers like me, this is the ultimate take on chips and dip. We used phyllo from a 1-lb. twin pack to test this recipe. Twin-pack sheets are 9 by 14 inches, smaller than those from a single pack. If you can find only larger, single-pack phyllo, either cut the sheets to size or use the larger sheets as they are, sprinkling 2 Tbs. sugar instead of 1-1/2 Tbs. between each layer.
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.
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