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Spinach Cheese Pinwheels

July 16, 2011

Spinach Cheese Swirls

Spinach Cheese Pinwheels

As much as I love doing everything from scratch somethings just don’t make sense.  Take for example, puff pastry.  Puff pastry that you purchase from the grocery store is $3.89/box.  Now, if I was to make my own puff pastry I would need a pound of butter $4.39/pound and flour, which varies in cost but you see where I am heading with this, don’t you?  It is far cheaper for me to buy the pre-made puff pastry than to make my own.  I have only made puff pastry from scratch once, it was very time consuming and because I did not use the proper flour it was not as “puffy” as I would have liked.  So, for me it is a much better deal to purchase puff pastry, rather than make it.  I do recommend trying it at least once. It is an experience that everyone should try just for the sake of saying they have done so.

These Spinach Cheese Pinwheels are buttery and delicious.  The pastry is so light and flaky.  They make the perfect appetizer and you can whip them up in under 20 minutes thanks to pre-made puff pastry.

Ingredients and Directions for Spinach Cheese Swirls

Ingredients and Directions for Spinach Cheese Swirls

1.  Ingredients

1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup Gouda cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 green onion, chopped
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
All-purpose flour, for work surface
1/2 package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4 cup finely chopped red pepper

To Prepare the Swirls

Heat the oven to 400°F.

2.  Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.

3.  Stir the Gouda cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion and garlic powder in a medium bowl.

4.  Sprinkle the flour on the work surface.  Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface.  Brush the pastry sheet with the egg mixture.  Top with the cheese mixture and spinach.

5.  Starting at a short side, roll up like a jelly roll. Cut into about 20 (1/2-inch) slices.

6.  Place the slices, cut-side down, onto 2 baking sheets.  Brush the slices with the egg mixture.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.

NOTE:  For best results, make sure to remove as much liquid as you can from the spinach before adding it to the pastry. If it’s too wet, it may make the pastry soggy.

Makes 20 Swirls

Spinach Cheese Swirls

Spinach Cheese Swirls

These pinwheels may be adapted simply by changing the filling.  Try using different cheeses or vegetables if you are entertaining guests.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2011 3:14 pm

    I have been on the look out for savory appetizers, looks like I hit the jackpot. Love the flavor combinations and have saved this recipe. Your picture really does make me hungry for one. Buzz

  2. July 16, 2011 4:44 pm

    These look delicious. I agree about the store bought puff pastry. It’s easier by far and so much less expensive and not nearly as time consuming.

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