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 :)