Tuesday, November 30, 2010
My Spinach Puffs!
As a side note: I don't think that my dad would like these. I made him endure so many viewings of this movie that I think for a while he banned it. He does like Kronk though.
Mini Cherry Jam Turnovers but I decided that it would be just as good with a savory filling so I used the dough but abandoned the cherry jam.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp butter, chilled and cut into pieces
6 Tbsp cream cheese, chilled and cut into pieces
2 Tbsp ice water
1 egg beaten
1 clove garlic
2 tsp olive oil
1 10 oz bag spinach leaves
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1. In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt. With a pastry cutter, cut in butter and cream cheese until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the ice water and then mix by hand until the dough comes together. Make a ball and then flatten into a disk. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes*
2. Meanwhile, in a frying pan heat up the olive oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute, then add the spinach. Stir the spinach constantly until all of the leaves are wilted, about another 3 minutes or so. Transfer the cooked spinach mixture to a fine colander or sieve, place over a bowl and allow the spinach to drain out, pressing the spinach down with the back of a spoon (or other blunt object of choice) occasionally. When fully drained, mix the spinach with the feta cheese.
3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and roll out the dough to 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a 4 in round cookie cutter until you have 10 disks (I got 11 or 12.... I can't remember how many but it was more than 10) and transfer one at a time to a cookie sheet lined in parchment paper. Brush egg around the rims, then plop 1-2 Tbsp spinach mixture into the center. Fold over and flatten the edges with the tines of a fork.
4. Brush the tops of the pastry with the remaining egg. Cut two slits in the top of each puff and then bake until golden. About 15 minutes.
*This could all be done with a food processor as well. Mine is just a bit too small for dough.
Find these on Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday, Hearth and Soul Hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tuesday Twister