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Spinach Pastries Are Ready…Party Time!

You can do the filling ahead of time and it only takes about 18 minutes to bake.

If you are entertaining people at home or the office, here is a sure way to get noticed.  It’s pretty easy with these steps to success.  You will need two tbsp. olive oil, an onion two to three button mushrooms, a clove of garlic, a dash each of thyme, parsley, pepper, and salt, 4 oz. cream cheese, a can of drained spinach, and croutons or seasoned bread crumbs.  I make my own croutons with 4 slices of bread, olive oil salt, garlic powder, thyme, parsley, and salt. 

Put cubes of bread in a skillet and drizzle olive oil on top, add spices, salt, and toast until nice and brown

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Make the filling in a skillet

Saute in a dab of olive oil, onions, mushrooms, garlic and spices until browned a bit.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Melt in the cream cheese and add the spinach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

Fold in the crushed croutons or seasoned bread crumbs and allow to cool slightly.

 
 
 
 
 

Lastly, you will fill croissant dough cut into smaller triangles and placed in a tartlet pan and sprinkle reserved crumbs on top. Bake in a 350° oven for about 18 minutes or until pastry is fully cooked. The filling should be enough to make about 2 cans worth of appetizers...about 32 appetizers. Figure about four per guest to make sure you don't run out too soon. They are best served warm.

 
 
 

Ready for Guests

Enjoy making these for the holidays and don’t be afraid to experiment with other fillings…like bacon and cheese quiche cups, or something sweet, like pecan or apple pie filling. 
As another variation you could skip the pastry all together and just roll the spinach mixture in bread crumbs and bake for 18 to 20 minutes…save yourself a few calories.  It’s your party Diva friends!

Spinach Puffs

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3 responses

  1. I never knew spinach can be exiting as those in your recipe. They look really yummy and I agree this is good for entertaining people.

    Raymund
    http://angsarap.wordpress.com

    December 8, 2010 at 4:32 am

  2. These look absolutely delicious! Just wondering, how do you make the pastry?

    December 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    • Hi Kate, Thanks, and the pastry is just croissant rolls you buy in the store and bang on the counter to pop them open. I unroll the whole package in one big sheet and cut it into the shapes I want. I want to try making my own puff pastry some day but this is just too easy. Happy Holidays!

      December 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

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