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Spinach Pinwheels Appetizers


spinach pinwheels

Spinach Pinwheels

Stephanie Gallagher

Spinach Appetizers

These spinach pinwheels are a terrific way to introduce your kids to spinach. Buttery, flaky and oh so delicious, they aren't exactly low in fat. But they are a wonderful way to turn confirmed spinach-haters into lovers of the green vegetable instantly.


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in refrigerator according to package directions
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 4 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Remove puff pastry sheet from wrapper and roll out to a thickness of abut a 1/2 inch.

  3. Place red pepper in a medium bowl.

  4. Take thawed spinach out of box and wrap in a clean kitchen towel. Squeeze over the sink to remove all of the water. Place spinach in the bowl with the red pepper.

  5. Add the Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, salt and pepper to the bowl. Stir together, breaking up the spinach with a fork, so that the mixture is well-blended.

  6. Spread mixture over puff pastry, leaving a border of one inch all the way around.

  7. Roll up jelly-roll style, and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  8. Beat egg and water together. Brush over puff pastry roll.

  9. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  10. Slice crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Serve warm.
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