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Spinach-Cheese Swirls

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These tempting appetizers look like they're difficult to make...but they're not.  They feature a spinach, onion and cheese filling simply rolled up in flaky puff pastry and sliced into pinwheels.

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 15 minutes
  • Cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 10
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • 1/2 cup shredded Muenster cheese or mozzarella cheese

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 green onion, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)

  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder

  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 pkg. of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

  • 1 pkg. (about 10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork.

  2. Stir the Muenster cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion and garlic powder in a medium bowl.

  3. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface.  Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface.  Brush the pastry sheet with the egg mixture.  Top with the cheese mixture and spinach.  Starting at a short side, roll up like a jelly roll. Cut into about 20 (1/2-inch) slices.  Place the slices, cut-side down, onto 2 baking sheets.  Brush the slices with the egg mixture.

  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Remove the pastries from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.

  5. For best results, make sure to remove as much liquid as you can from the spinach before adding it to the pastry. If it's too wet, it may make the pastry soggy.

  6. For Pesto Swirls, omit all ingredients but the flour and the puff pastry.  Unfold the pastry sheet as directed above.  Spread 1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened, on the pastry sheet to within 1/2 inch of the edge.  Top with 3 tablespoons pesto sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts.  Brush the edge of the pastry sheet with water.  Roll up the pastry and proceed as directed above.

  7. For Ham & Broccoli Swirls, omit the spinach, cheeses, onion and garlic powder.  Unfold the pastry sheet and brush with the egg mixture as directed above.  Spread 1/2 of an 8-ounce container whipped cream cheese with chives on the pastry sheet.  Top with 1 cup frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and well drained and 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham.  Proceed as directed above.

  8. For a flavor twist, try a different cheese.  Any shredded cheese will work in this recipe.

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Tip

Heat is the enemy of Puff Pastry—it handles best when cold. So avoid working with it on hot, humid days, in a stifling hot kitchen or next to your oven.

When serving Puff Pastry, cut with a serrated knife for the most even, attractive presentation.

Puff Pastry can puff up to 8 times its original thickness. That means even a sheet rolled to a thin ¼-inch thickness will rise 2 inches.

Use a marble pastry board to help keep Puff Pastry cold while rolling and cutting.

Inspiration

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  • Green onions (or scallions) are great, raw or cooked, for adding a mild onion flavor to dishes.

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Submitted by:
Deb J.
Date: 6/26/2005

5 star rating

"I served this at a summer pool party and everyone wanted more. DELICIOUS!!!!!"

Submitted by:
Janice M.
Date: 10/19/2005

5 star rating

"Terrific! I thought I'd made enough but everyone devoured them. I'll certainly make them again."

Submitted by:
Ted K.
Date: 7/24/2006

4 star rating

"One of my favorite recipes! Sometimes I vary the fillings. An excellent recipe!"

Submitted by:
Marsha S.
Date: 3/23/2006

4 star rating

"This is an excellent appetizer and got wonderful compliments from my guests"

Submitted by:
Nancy T.
Date: 12/16/2005

4 star rating

"flat boring taste"

Submitted by:
Sherry B.
Date: 6/24/2006

4 star rating

"This is a family favorite for any occassion."

Submitted by:
Lurinda I.
Date: 12/29/2005

4 star rating

"One of my favorites! Sometimes I modify the fillings - ham/swiss cheese, pizza ingredients, etc. An excellent recipe!"

Submitted by:
Weam M.
Date: 2/8/2006

4 star rating

"it looks delicious but i have question what is muenster or monterey jack cheese . can i use other kind of cheese?"

Submitted by:
Oscar S. Y.
Date: 7/5/2007

4 star rating

"Great crowd pleaser. Everyone loved them even the children."

Submitted by:
Kelly Z.
Date: 4/4/2007

4 star rating

"These are GREAT! They even taste good reheated the next day! Just make sure you use chopped spinach, I tried regular spinach once and it was impossible to cut!"

Submitted by:
Terri S.
Date: 7/27/2006

4 star rating

"I served these at a family get together and everyone loved them! They are delicious and easy to make!"

Submitted by:
Gisella P.
Date: 8/9/2006

4 star rating

"This recipe was so good and easy to make. I rolled, prepared and sliced it the night before, left it in the refrigerator. Then I baked them and served them warm when the party was running. So easy !!! Everybody loved!!!"

Submitted by:
Paula J.
Date: 11/19/2006

4 star rating

"These may not leave my house!!! I am making a second batch! I am bringing them to a Baptism, I am sure they will be huge hit!! So yummy and soooooo easy!!"

Submitted by:
Paula J.
Date: 11/19/2006

4 star rating

"Made these today for a family gathering, they were a big hit! I will make them again for Thanksgiving"

Submitted by:
Denise R.
Date: 9/22/2006

4 star rating

"Delicious and easy! Served this at my book club and everyone wanted the recipe!"

Submitted by:
Cynthia E.
Date: 11/24/2006

4 star rating

"It's fantastic! My guests could not get enough. Husband hates spinach, yet he could not stop eating these little gems!"

Submitted by:
Gail S.
Date: 1/21/2007

4 star rating

"This was a nice, easy recipe."

Submitted by:
Shirley A.
Date: 2/19/2007

4 star rating

"I definitely will make these swirls over and over again. Excellent taste!"

Submitted by:
Glenna L.
Date: 10/4/2007

4 star rating

"I tried these for the first time last night, they are wonderful! I served them with the new Campbell's Select Tomato Parmesan Bisque...yum! And I even thought about adding some crumbled bacon next time."

Submitted by:
J M.
Date: 12/12/2007

4 star rating

"These were easy enough to make, but rather bland. The puff pastry was really all we tasted."

Submitted by:
TERESA L.
Date: 8/12/2009

4 star rating

"They're great, Everybody loved them, when I made them."

Submitted by:
Diane S.
Date: 5/6/2008

4 star rating

"I did not change a thing. Outstanding!"

Submitted by:
Anne K.
Date: 2/1/2008

4 star rating

"Fast, easy, elegant. Great to take to a party. TIP: I freeze the rolls before cutting to make the slices more attractive. Also, smoked Muenster is great if you can find it. I added more green onion. Yummo!!!"

Submitted by:
Rhonda M.
Date: 6/16/2008

4 star rating

"I served this with a crab dip. it was a hit at the party. They were all gone within a few minutes."

Submitted by:
Marie V.
Date: 1/28/2009

4 star rating

"It's simply delicious! My friends were impressed when they found out I had made it."

Submitted by:
Pamela A.
Date: 1/11/2008

4 star rating

"Simple and delicious, I am making them again this weekend for a wedding."

Submitted by:
Christine P.
Date: 9/3/2008

4 star rating

"I made these for a at work party, they were excellent. It was great because they can be served at room temperature."

Submitted by:
Barbara S.
Date: 4/30/2009

4 star rating

"Our ganddaughter Loves loves loves this way to eat spinach! I've also used Swiss Chard and other mixed greens. It's a very impressive appetizer."

Submitted by:
Donna L.
Date: 12/22/2008

4 star rating

"I made these for a holiday party. They tasted wonderful and were easy to make."

Submitted by:
Joyce G.
Date: 9/23/2009

4 star rating

"This is a 6******!!!"

Submitted by:
Terry B.
Date: 12/27/2007

4 star rating

"Excellent!"

Submitted by:
Diane D.
Date: 8/6/2008

4 star rating

"It's excellent. I even made them vegan for the second party I served them at. No egg, vegan cheese. This recipe is definitely a keeper."

Submitted by:
Miriam G.
Date: 5/3/2008

4 star rating

"AWESOME! I substituted Swiss cheese. I also used melted butter instead of the egg wash. YUMMY!!!"

Submitted by:
Patricia P.
Date: 12/13/2008

4 star rating

"Really yummy!! Can't eat JUST one or two!!!"

Submitted by:
Elvira C.
Date: 10/23/2008

4 star rating

"It's a party favorite!!!"

Submitted by:
Heather W.
Date: 12/10/2008

4 star rating

"These went quickly at a pot luck, served at room temperature. I can't wait to serve them warm some time, but for something portable, these were great to pop in the oven, grab, then go."

Submitted by:
Ashley C.
Date: 2/13/2009

4 star rating

"Excellent appetizer to have at your home or to bring to another! Very easy to make. I made them while I was dressed up, 20 minutes before leaving the house and 15 minutes of that time I was finishing getting ready while they were cooking! Fabulous recipe!"

Submitted by:
Karen K.
Date: 12/29/2008

4 star rating

"It was a hit at Christmas - hot out of the oven is the best!"

Submitted by:
Thuan D.
Date: 9/7/2009

4 star rating

"Mon an gi ma do ec"

Submitted by:
Doris W.
Date: 9/19/2009

4 star rating

"I made these with cooked ground sausage and cheese. I served them with a side of marinara sauce, they went quick. They're like little pizzas."

Submitted by:
Judy S.
Date: 11/13/2009

5 star rating

"Great recipe. Very tasty! Was a hit at my last party."

Submitted by:
Marianne R.
Date: 11/30/2009

4 star rating

"I regret rating this as just average when everyone seemed to love it, however, I found this appetizer to be very bland and tasteless. The puff pastry has a nice texture, however, when making again, I will definitely add more seasonings to the filling and possibly sausage. Also, when serving, I will add a small dollup of sour cream and french onion dip on the top to give these a little more flavor. I hope this helps someone."

Submitted by:
Sarah T.
Date: 12/20/2009

4 star rating

"They are pretty yummy and also pretty on the plate, however they could use some salt or perhaps additional parm. cheese..."

Submitted by:
Ea C.
Date: 1/10/2010

4 star rating

"I have been making this recipe for years. Every time we have people over or go to a party I am asked to make them. I dare not tell them how easy they are to make."

Submitted by:
Carol B.
Date: 1/23/2011

4 star rating

"I am so happy I found this recipe. It is very good. I will make it often. Everyone in my family liked it very much."

Submitted by:
Vicki G.
Date: 1/10/2011

4 star rating

"This has endless possibilities for ingredients. I added portabella mushrooms, minced garlic so yummy a keeper and you can have fun with it!"

Submitted by:
Barbara H.
Date: 2/11/2010

5 star rating

"Everytime I make these, someone always asks for the recipe. My teenage son who doesn't eat spinach loves these."

Submitted by:
Kelly M.
Date: 6/29/2010

4 star rating

"We make these so often I think I could make them in my sleep! Everyone raves about them !"

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