If you need a quick and delicious appetizer to put together in the next few days, I’ve got you covered. You may or may not have lots of people about to descend on your house – or maybe you want to take something to your holiday gathering that is new and different.
For this appetizer, all you need is a little lead time to let the puff pastry and frozen spinach thaw out and then one hour to let the mixture firm up in the fridge. If you like spanikopita, these pastry swirls will be right up your alley. They are light and airy and the addition of garam masala gives them an unexpected flavor reminiscent of Indian cooking. Best of all, they require no special, fancy equipment to put together.
Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Swirls (recipe from Make-Ahead Appetizers, from the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated)
What You’ll Need:
1 and 1/4 pounds frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp grated lemon zest plus 2 tsps juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed (9.5 by 9 inch)
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
What You’ll Do:
1. First, take out cream cheese, spinach and puff pastry to allow to thaw/come to room temperature for cream cheese. Once the spinach has thawed, use paper towels to squeeze as much water out of the spinach as possible. You may want to buy some extra spinach because some of the spinach may cling to the paper towels during this process.
2. Combine the spinach, cream cheese, garlic, garam masala, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
3. On a lightly floured surface, lay the sheets of puff pastry next to each other. Spread the spinach mixture over the puff pastry sheets and then sprinkle the feta over the top. Roll each sheet into a tight log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
4. Set oven at 425 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, trim the ends of the logs and then slice the logs into 1/3 inch thick pieces. Spread the swirls onto the 2 baking sheets, leaving an inch or so in between each swirl.
5. Bake until the swirls begin to get brown and crispy. The recipe states 25-30 minutes, but it only took mine about 20 minutes to get brown. Allow to cool completely before serving. The swirls can be held at room temperature for up to 6 hours before serving.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve! Happy Holidays! Now go get your swirl on 🙂