Spinach Puffs Recipe

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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.

Spinach Puffs

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.

Spinach Puffs Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: Appetizers
Servings

9

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

262

kcal

Have you ever wanted to make spinach puffs? These popular party appetizers are very easy!

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thaw first)

  • ¾ cup of crumbled feta

  • ½ teaspoon of dried or fresh dill

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 2 teaspoons bacon bits

  • 2 cups fresh spinach

  • 4 oz cream cheese

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  • Soften your cream cheese in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds.
  • Spray a muffin tin with oil.
  • Take a large mixing bowl and add the cream cheese, dill, egg, and oil to the bowl and then mix well.
  • Take a second bowl and mix together your chopped bacon, crumbled feta, and chopped spinach. Add the cream cheese mixture to this and stir it all up.
  • Lay out your pastry sheets and cut them up into 9 equal squares. Lift each square into your muffin tin, gently stretching it, to line the tin holes. Press the pastry squares down into the bottoms of the holes, being careful not to tear them.
  • Use a teaspoon to scoop some of your spinach mixture into each cup. When each is full, take the 4 corners of each pastry square and pull them in toward the center. This will cover up the filling and complete the puff. Squeeze the corners together to seal them.
  • Melt your butter, and use it to brush the tops of your spinach puffs. This will help them to become rich and golden in the oven.
  • Bake the puffs at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, and then check on them. They should be puffy and golden. When they are, take them out of the oven and leave them to cool for 10 minutes, and then use a rubber spatula to gently lift them out of the muffin pans and onto a cooling rack.

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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

FAQs

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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Conclusion

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.

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