A very happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time and hope your having a great start into the new year 2018! I’ve been a bit absent lately mainly because I had my mom and stepfather visiting over the holidays. The short time we usually get to spend together is always very precious and I probably only get to see them again in summer. We had a wonderful Christmas, they also had some taste of what a real Canadian winter is all about;) lol. On the day they arrived in Toronto they ended up having to spend the night there, because all connecting flights to London, Ontario, were cancelled because of snow squalls. We got so much snow that day, at least 40 cm!
For New Years Eve I’ve made these yummy spinach cheese bites, with homemade puff pastry. I usually don’t eat so much cheese, just once in a while, because I love it:) Homemade puff pastry is delicious but takes some time to make, so feel free to use store bought. These bites are great as an appetizer or served with a tossed salad as a meal. Maybe next time I’ll make a pie size version:)
Spinach and Cheese Dip Bites
- 2 cups chopped frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 tsp garlic finely chopped
- 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup garlic cream cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 can Pillsbury crescent dough or other puff pastry
-Combine spinach, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Blend in cream cheese and 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
-On a lightly floured surface roll out puff pastry into a rectangle. Cut into 24 squares. Place each square into a lightly greased muffin tin. Gently push down.
-Place one rounded teaspoon of your spinach mixture into each square. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
-Bake in a preheated 375F oven for about 15 minutes or golden brown. Let rest a few minutes before removing.
Here is my quick Puff pastry recipe, from Betty Bossi
- 250 g unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 175 g butter, cold, cut into approx. 4 cm squares
- 150 ml cold water
-Mix together flour and salt, add the butter and water until everything holds together. Butter pieces have to stay big.
Step 1: On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle, 1 cm thick. Fold in both sides towards the middle, then fold one side onto the other. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
-Roll out dough again into a rectangle and repeat step 1. Refrigerate and repeat 4x all together. After the 4th time refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Tip: Puff pastry needs to stay cold. Don’t knead left over pieces together, lay on top of each other, then roll out. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.
-This is really a much quicker way to make puff pastry and I find it turns out very tasty.
I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!
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