Spinach Puff Pastry

Spinach and cheese are a classic combination of flavours. This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe that will remind you of freshly baked pastries in the early mornings of Europe. I’ve adapted the recipe from handimania. These are best served warm.

Ingredients:

Ingredients: herbs and garlic greek yogurt or cream cheese, spinach, shredded mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
  • 1 sheet of store-bought puff pastry
  • 300 g of frozen spinach
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp of herbs and garlic greek yogurt (or substitute with cream cheese)
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Set aside 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry on the counter and leave at room temperature to defrost for 2 hours or as instructed on the box.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, on medium heat, add oil and frozen spinach together. Cover and let the spinach soften. Once softened on one side, flip the frozen spinach and add minced garlic with a pinch of salt. Leave uncovered to evaporate some liquids.
    • Note: I added the garlic mid-way through the cook instead of at the beginning because I didn’t want the garlic to brown and burn while we defrost the spinach. If you’re using fresh spinach, then add the garlic first.
  3. Remove from heat once the spinach is cooked through.
  4. Once spinach is cool enough to handle, place spinach in a paper towel and squeeze excess water out.
  5. In a bowl, combine spinach, greek yogurt, and cheese together until fully incorporated.
  6. Preheat oven to 400F.
  7. Once the puff pastry comes to room temperature, divide the sheet into 9 equal pieces.
  8. Lightly grease or butter a muffin tin pan.
  9. Place each puff pastry piece into the muffin tin pan and let the corners hang out.
  10. Divide spinach mixture into 9 equal parts and spoon into each cup.
  11. For each puff pastry, bring all four corners together and pinch together to seal.
  12. In a small bowl, beat an egg and brush pastry with egg wash.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Let puffs cool for 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.
Spinach puff pastry prior to baking. Brush on egg wash.
Golden brown spinach puff pastry taken out from the oven.

Verdict?

I love making these spinach puff pastries when I'm craving for something savoury. The kitchen becomes filled with the heavenly aromas of butter, garlic and cheese. They also present very nicely for an afternoon tea party or as an appetizer for entertaining. This is one of the simplest and easiest recipe that everyone should try!

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