Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cheesy Puff Pastry Pinwheels with Power Greens



I can't believe it's already August and two weeks from my last post!  We have gone from a cool, rainy spring and early summer, and are still stuck in a cooler-than-normal weather pattern here in the Midwest, but we are trying to enjoy as many mid to late summer activities as we can possibly can with friends and family. 

These tasty little morsels were created just after making the roasted tomato tarts from my last post.  I had a good sized portion of puff pastry dough left and hated to throw it away so I looked on the puff pastry box for inspiration and saw a recipe for spinach pinwheels using thawed, frozen spinach.  I didn't have frozen spinach but what I did have in the frig was several ounces of organic power greens that were going to be thrown out if I didn't use them quickly.  I also had some mozzarella and shredded Parmesan in the freezer.  A sprinkle of dried red bell pepper flakes, hot red pepper flakes, and a sprinkle of ground pepper.  Ready, set, roll!

I didn't measure anything but I think I used about...

1/2 sheet of thawed frozen puff pastry, rolled on a floured surface into a rectangle
2 cups of bagged or boxed organic salad greens (kale, spinach, baby chard)
2 teaspoons of dried red bell pepper flakes (love that stuff)
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of hot red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of salt - optional as the cheeses are salty
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

1 egg, whisked with a teaspoon of water to seal the puff pastry and egg wash for the pinwheels

I layered everything on my puff pastry, rolled it up tightly, lengthwise - brushing the last 1 inch edge of puff pastry with the egg wash to seal it together.  Then, I cut it the roll into approximately 1-1/2 inch slices and placed them on a silicon-mat-lined baking sheet and brushed each slice with additional egg wash.

375 oven - 15/20 minutes or until golden and voila!


If you're looking for quick, easy and delicious appetizer for your busy summer, give this a try.  They are delicious! Be daring and adapt them to whatever you have on hand :)


70 comments:

  1. Very nice Susan they sound absolutely wonderful and look very delicious, I just love pastry that is light and puffy and has cheeses, spinach, in it “Yummy”

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  2. I might be able to eat spinach this way!

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  3. They look like a perfect treat to have on hand for lunch or when guests pop in. I've seen the recipe but never tried it.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. This one is slightly different - just made them from what a had on hand.

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  4. Amazing colour and flavours! I probably would end up eating whole batch myself.

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  5. I love these look absolutely beautiful Susan:)

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  6. They look beautiful and delicious!

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  7. Very cleverly use for the remainders. I would love this and they look great.

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  8. I love this recipe and can't imagine how tasty they were - they look crispy, and melty and full of flavor - yum! Where has the summer gone?

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  9. they look tasty and delicious ! A warm hug

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  10. My kind of appy! They look great and I know they taste wonderful:@)

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  11. I have Augustitis.
    I don't want it.
    :(

    On a different note..
    I do want these..:)
    Puff pastry....you can literally put almost anything between it's folds and I am in love.
    Why did June have to turn into July..to lead into August?....
    Not ready..not me..not even close.

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  12. I like things like this and they look delicious.

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  13. Oh what a lovely idea - and I even have puff pastry and mozzarella in the fridge!i'll be making these in the next few days.

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  14. Three cheers for puff pastry and a thousand cheers for this delicious treat.

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  15. We were having that cooler weather too and I have to say I enjoyed it. I am not a fan of hot, humid weather which has returned this week. Can't believe it's August, where does the time go? These look delicious. I never make anything with puff pastry, I should give it a try.

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    1. I do enjoy it cooler rather than hot and humid also, Julie. I think you would enjoy these!

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  16. Susan, these delicious 'morsels' cover almost all the basic food groups :) And who wouldn't be satisfied with that?

    Btw, It looks like summer bailed out on us here in the Midwest, not that I'm complaining about the fall like weather.
    Enjoy the rest of the fleeting summer!

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    1. Your right, they do -:-) perfect for a light dinner as well as an appetizer.

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  17. It is a weird summer here in Greece too! I love these swirls and especially the fact that they do not need a precise recipe!

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  18. These are so so pretty and must taste divine. I've never seen red bell pepper flakes - must look into that immediately.
    Sam

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    1. I love using them in salad dressings too, Sam. I recently discovered them myself when I was trying to recreate a store-bought dressing. I bought mine at Penzeys.

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  19. Hi Susan, very impressive, these would be perfect for entertaining, or really anytime. Love the addition of the red pepper flakes. Regarding August, I can't believe it either, my husband and I were just talking about the same thing yesterday.

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    1. You are right - they are perfect anytime. I've since made them for a light dinner.

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  20. These look scrumptious and anything with puff pastry is sooo good. I've done similar things but never with fresh spinach. Can't wait to give them a try! Here it feels like an early fall is coming and I am so not ready!

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    1. I was surprised at how well the fresh greens worked in this. They didn't get soggy at all.

      Here's to a sloooooow and beautiful August and September :)

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  21. These pinwheels look fabulous Susan...and yes, I love the power green in it! YUM!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

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  22. I have a strong desire to make these for dinner and just eat ALL OF THEM. Greens and cheese sound good to me.

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  23. Oh Yum, looks really, really good!
    These are so perfect for anytime of the day!
    I like all the ingredients that you've used. These would be gone in no time at all in my house!

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  24. This looks like a wonderful appetizer, Susan! I'm pinning it now ;) I agree--summer is passing too quickly! My oldest grandson begins kindergarten next week!

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  25. They look really tasty, Susan! They would be perfect for a party we're having soon. Thanks!

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  26. Wow, damn delicious!!!
    the photograph is truely seducing me.....
    almost licking my laptop monitor!!!

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  27. What a beautiful puff pastry wheel :D
    SO addictive no doubt!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  28. Your pinwheels look delightful and while the weather is still warm served up with a crisp sparkling wine would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  29. I get Power Greens from Trader Joe's and almost always have a bag in my fridge... love how you've incorporated them into a pastry. Who wouldn't eat their greens this way?? Perfection!!

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  30. What a great use of the puffed pastry and greens. They would be terrific served with cocktails before a dinner party.

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  31. Whatever would we do without the oh so handy prepared puff pastry. This looks like a delicious appetizer, Susan, and I would enjoy several slices with a salad for a light lunch or dinner. I wish you could send some rain our way.

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  32. Super delicious and SO pretty - LOVE the ingredients:)
    Mary

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  33. These are beautiful and would be perfect for a party! I love appetizers almost as much as I love desserts. These are perfect because they sneak in the greens!

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  34. I think frozen puff pastry is god's gift to mankind! These look amazing, and I'm in the market for a good appetizer to bring to a wedding shower, this might be the one!

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  35. I know I would love these Susan. Thanks for the tip on the Penzey's pepper flakes.

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  36. This would be a perfect dinner for me......yum

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  37. What a delicious way to eat your greens!! Gonna try!

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  38. They look beautiful not to mention delicious. We've had lots of rain and cool temps in Colorado and I've loved every minute. Now we're getting some heat just in time to ripen those tomatoes. Pinning this to my appetizer board.

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  39. Yu-um! I know you said "appetizer", but I could make a meal of these.

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  40. I love pastry puff and always keep a box or two in my freezer. These make for a perfect appetizer for anytime! They seem to be everyone's favorite and are the first to disappear! Have a great week!

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