Saturday, July 18, 2009

Spinach-Cheese Swirls

I got this recipe off the back of the Pepperidge Farm puff pastry box... these spinach-cheese swirls were a hit at a brunch I went to this morning!

1 sheet of puff pastry
1 egg
1 T water
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 green onion, chopped
1/8 t garlic powder
1 pkg. (about 10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed & well drained*

Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature 40 minutes or until easy to handle. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheet or line with parchment paper.

Stir egg and water in small bowl. In medium bowl, stir Monterey Jack cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onion, and garlic powder.

Unfold pastry sheet on lightly floured surface. Brush with egg mixture. Top with cheese mixture and spinach. Starting at short side closest to you, roll up like a jelly roll. Cut into 1/2" slices and place on baking sheet. Brush with egg mixture. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

* Somewhere a couple years ago, I saw a cool trick for draining frozen spinach... once it is thawed, wrap the spinach in a lightweight towel and then ring out all the excess water. It works like a charm! Just make sure to use a towel you wouldn't mind turning green :-)

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