Flaky, buttery puff pastry is rolled around spinach, feta, mozzarella and green onions to create these outrageously delicious Spinach Feta Pinwheels!
I hosted my book club earlier this month. Our book selection was Exit West, a fictional account of a couple escaping the war torn Middle East though magical doors. Through these “doors” they were transported to three different countries to the west, one being Greece. This appetizer is a riff on Greek spanakopita, and absolutely scrumptious!
Spinach Feta Pinwheels
Instead of making a traditional spanakopita, I incorporated some of the Greek spinach pie ingredients into spiraled nibbles. No fussy phyllo dough to fiddle with! Brushing the puff pastry with an egg wash before rolling helped keep the spirals from unfurling, though a little reshaping was necessary before and immediately after their time in the oven.
Tips for Working with Puff Pastry:
Even though the traditional phyllo dough, which is used for spanakopita, is more finicky, you still need to understand how to work with puff pastry to get the best results.
- For the best tasting spinach feta pinwheels, look for an all butter puff pastry brand. I use Dufour, but note that it will be much more expensive.
- To prevent your pinwheels from unraveling while baking, make sure about 1/2-inch of one short end of your puff pastry is free of filling. Double check that it’s brushed with egg wash, then roll up from the opposite end, so that filling free edge adheres to the rolled cylinder.
- The pastry can warm up while you’re working with it. It bakes up best when chilled so I always pop it in the freezer while the oven heats up. If you have the time, you can cover the sheet pan with the pinwheels with plastic wrap and park them in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.
- PRO TIP: Puff pastry puffs up best when baked cold, but it also needs to be baked at a high temperature. I like to rechill the pinwheels in the fridge before baking, then bake at 400° as directed.
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Spinach Feta Pinwheels
A twist on the classic Greek spanakopita using puff pastry!
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 16 pinwheels 1x
- Category: Appetizer, Snack
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Greek-American
- 1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon of water
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta (buy a block and crumble it yourself
- 1/4 cup grated mozzarella
- 1 green onion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- A few grates of fresh nutmeg
- 1 10-ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
- 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted
- Whisk together the egg and water, set aside.
- Mix together the cheeses, onion and seasonings. Set aside.
- Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to flatten the seams. Brushthe surface with your egg wash.
- Top the surface with the cheese mixture, then break apart the spinach and spread evenly over the surface. ***Leave about an inch free of toppings on one of the short sides.***
- Starting on the short side that’s covered with filling, roll up the pastry like a jellyroll.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment. Slice the roll into ½-3/4 inch slices and place them on the prepared sheets. Pop into the refrigerator or freezer to let them cool as the oven preheats to 400 degrees.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until they’re golden.
- Calories: 143kcal
- Sugar: 1g
- Sodium: 142mg
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Fiber: 1g
- Protein: 4g
- Cholesterol: 7mg