Friday, 3 January 2014

Spinach and Cheese Pastry Puffs



Foodie Friday!



Spinach and Cheese Pastry Puffs


 
Foodie Friday is back! This dish is unbelievably easy, and works great as party food, or as a snack for work. I came up with this on New Year’s Eve when I was afraid that I didn’t have enough food for my girls coming over. I had some pastry in the fridge, so I thought about what I could put in it.

As I love spinach, I knew that that would have to be the main ingredient, and then I just put together what else I had. They turned out really nice, and I received a lot of compliments from the girls. If I was making them again, I would love to add some pine nuts and pesto, try some different cheeses, and lots of other ingredients. I’m sure I’ll be making this again and again, so I’ll let you know what I come up with.
So, you will need:
 
Spinach pastry puffs
 
-Spinach

-Spring Onion/ scallions/any other onion

-Tomato

-Cheese

-Salt and pepper

-Chives

-Puff pastry

-Tomato relish (I didn’t use that much of this, as I was experimenting and so I didn’t want to possibly ruin it. It was very nice though.)

 Directions

Start by ripping the spinach up, and place it in a bowl.

Add salt, pepper and chives.

Chop up the tomato and add to the bowl.
 


Grate the cheese.

Roll out your pastry on a floured counter.

Roll it with a rolling pin to make it a little thinner.

To add the filling, you can do it one of two ways:
 
 
Either make little parcels, in a square or wonton shape


OR

Place all the filling in a line and then roll the pastry around it, like a giant roll.  
 
Then seal the ends.
 
 

Now rub a little milk, or egg yolk on the pastry, and place in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.

I left mine in longer because they weren’t browning at all.

When they are done, carefully take out and place on a plate, then cut into bite-size pieces. (The below picture is actually of the batch of tuna ones I made, but they didn't taste as nice, so I didn't think they were worth sharing with you guys.)
 

Serve with a sauce of your choice. I went for chilli sauce and barbeque.
Be sure to provide napkins for your guests, because that puff pastry gets very messy!
 
Happy Friday guys!

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