We happened to have a sheet of puff pastry leftover from making the Nectarine Lime Tarts. The package was still sitting out while we waited for our tart shells to cool and Isobel became obsessed with the Spinach-Cheese Swirl recipe on the box and begged me to make them with her. We had most the ingredients(ish) in the fridge so why not?
This modified version was really good, and we’re definitely making them again, though with even more modifications. I didn’t have any frozen spinach, but I had fresh spinach. I wilted it in the microwave for a few minutes to emulate the reduced texture of frozen, but I should have also chopped it up fine. The texture would have been much nicer.
I also didn’t have muenster cheese but I did have a Parmesan-like hard cheese that I call “Angela Cheese” because my friend Angela introduced it to me. I really don’t even know what to call it really, so I included a photo of the wrapper so you know what to look for. It’s one of my favorite cheeses ever and it was amazing in these rolls. Oh, and Isobel renamed the recipe. She calls them “Spinach Cheese Wheels” and so that’s what I call them, too.
When I make these again I’m not going to let the dough thaw for as long as the original recipe recommends. It was so soft and squishy that it was very hard to slice into thin rolls. I mangled them into thicker wheels but they did not want to keep their shape. Thawing them for 20-30 minutes, instead of 40, should make the dough pliable enough to work with while still maintaining some firmness.
There are so many different delicious ways these rolls could go. Increasing the garlic and the cheese while eliminating the spinach would be amazing. These were quick to make, too, so you could make a few dozen of these as an appetizer and take them to a potluck. There are a lot of different directions you could take this recipe.
- 1 sheet of puff pastry, mostly thawed
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs water
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheese, such as Parmesan
- 1 green onion, whites and greens, chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 cups fresh spinach
– Lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
– In a small bowl stir egg and water together.
– In a larger bowl, combine cheese, onion, garlic powder and spinach together. Mix thoroughly.
– Unfold pastry onto baking tray and brush with egg and water mixture. Distribute cheese and spinach mixture evenly over top.
– Roll pastry into a log shape and cut into half-inch or one-inch slices. Lay on tray and bake for 15 minutes.
– Convince your four-year-old to try them even though the spinach makes them look suspicious. These are delicious both piping hot and at room temperature.