Spinach puffs make a wonderful party appetizer, and they are simple and easy to make, so you can quickly whip up a batch whenever you need to. They are sure to impress, too, and you’ll probably find multiple people asking you for the recipe.
How To Make Spinach Puffs
What do you need to make spinach puffs?
- Puff pastry: you can make your own pastry if you prefer, but using store-bought will make this recipe very much faster, and will ensure you have rich, flaky pastry. You will need to cut the pastry sheet into nine even squares so that you can create appealing spinach puffs.
- Soft cream cheese: the spinach puffs need to be creamy to taste good, so you’ll want a generous helping of cream cheese in each one.
- Butter, for a salty flavor and to make the pastry golden.
- Fresh or frozen spinach: this will make a fresh, tasty filling.
- An egg: this helps to pull all of the ingredients together and adds a protein boost.
- Crumbled feta: feta and spinach are a match made in heaven, so don’t leave out this delicious cheese.
- Bacon bits, which will make these puffs more decadent and delicious. If you want to use chopped bacon, cook it first.
Tips & Tricks
So, how can you make your spinach puffs particularly tasty and unusual? Let’s explore some top tips and tricks.
- Make sure your cream cheese is soft before you start making this recipe. It will help it all stick together well.
- Consider adding a bit of mozzarella to your mix if you want spinach puffs that are stringy and chewy; this makes a great twist on the standard recipe, and doesn’t require you to do anything complicated.
- Make sure your spinach is dry before you mix it with the other ingredients. If you are using frozen spinach, squeeze it out before chopping. If you are using fresh, rinse it but dry it before you use it. Wet spinach will make your filling too runny, which could result in soggy pastry and unappetizing puffs.
- Consider adding a couple of minced garlic cloves to your mix if you’d like to lend it a bit more bite. Garlic will go beautifully with the cheese.
- For best results, serve the puffs warm. They will also taste good at room temperature, but they are pure magic when warm – especially if you put mozzarella in them.
- If you like spicy food, consider chopping a little chili into your mix, adding a few finely sliced jalapenos, or sprinkling in some cayenne pepper.
See Also: Spinach recipes
Can you make spinach puffs in advance?
You can make spinach puffs early, but be aware that they may not have such a good texture. If possible, prepare the pastry and filling, but keep them separate until you are ready to bake them. Store them in the fridge, and then fill the pastry and bake. If you can’t do this, make them up to a day in advance and then keep them in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.
Can you freeze spinach puffs?
You can, but be aware that they still won’t be quite as nice as freshly baked ones. Put the baked puffs into an airtight container and store them for up to a month in your freezer. Try to use them up before the month has passed, as the texture will gradually get worse.
Can you store the cooked puffs in the fridge?
If you’ve got leftovers after your party, put them in an airtight container and put them in the fridge. Refresh them by lightly heating them in the oven before eating them. They won’t taste quite as good, but they should still be enjoyable.
Spinach puffs are a wonderful party food; they are easy to hold, easy to eat, and tasty enough to attract kids and adults alike. You can add all sorts of variations to the recipe, or keep them plain and simple and enjoy the perfect combination of spinach and cream cheese, wrapped in tasty pastry.