Spinach & Cream cheese Pinwheels

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I had tasted pinwheels in one of my friend’s house long back and totally forgot about it, but the taste was always in my mind. Pinwheels are an appetiser that can be modified the way we want according to our tastes.

Usually when  I buy puff pastry sheets I make puffs with  different stuffing, this time I decided I will make something different and I wanted to search on the net , but then  I decided against searching on the net and  to try my own version with whatever I can remember from the last time ate in my friends place. It’s a very easy and simple recipe, with very few ingredients.I have used cream cheese, you can make your own cream cheese at home. So let’s make it.

 

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Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: nil hours
Cooking Time: 20 min
makes: 15

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 Sheet of puff pasty

SPREAD

1 cup chopped spinach (see notes)

1 tbsp cream cheese

1 tsp chilly fakes

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1 tsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp chopped onion

1/4th tsp salt

HOW TO MAKE

First thaw the pastry for 40mins to 1 hour.

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Mix all the ingredients under spread, mix well keep aside.

Take the pastry sheet just fatten it a bit more using the rolling pin.

Now spread the mix evenly on the sheet.

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Then roll up the sheet, while rolling up the sheet careful with stuffing it might come out.

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Cut into 3/4 inch slices. Arrange the slices one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake the pine wheels at 400 F for 20 minutes on the top rack.

Notes

Before chopping the spinach, just soak the spinach in hot water for 2 minutes and let it wilt the drain the water and chop the spinach.

The choice of cheese can be according to your taste like mozzarella, cheddar etc.

The filling also you can be flexible with it, you can make it veg or non-veg appetizer.

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Veg Puffs

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I wanted to make puffs in Bangalore, the ones we get in those local bakeries or Iyengar bakeries. I needed puff pastry sheets to make puffs, we can make pastry sheets at home, but I feel it’s a very tedious work, and ready made puff pastry sheets are not / were not easily available in Bangalore. So this time when I knew that I will be in the US I decided that I will make veg puffs using puff pastry sheets. For the first few weeks I had totally had forgotten about puffs. Then on one of the weekends when I was shopping for groceries I remembered about puff pastry sheets, searched and searched and asked the sales person also but it was not there, I checked online and did everything, then finally after two weeks I found the puff pastry sheets, but then I dint have the exact recipe, I searched few recipes online and books. Finally I made the puffs by taking an idea and hint from the other recipes. So here goes the recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
makes: 6 puffs
What you will want.

Ready-made puff pastry sheets – 2 sheets (I make 6 puffs)
For the stuffing we will need
1- Cup of mixed boiled vegetables (potato, peas, capsicum, beans, carrot etc)
1 – Tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 – Onion finely chopped
6 or more – green chillies finely chopped
1 –tsp lemon juice
¼ cup – coriander finely chopped
¼ tsp – turmeric
½ tspn – Red chilli powder (Optional)
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt according to taste.

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Method

First thaw the puff pastry sheets 40 minutes to 1 hour.
Then in pan add oil, once the oil is hot add onion, green, ginger garlic and turmeric, sauté it for 10 minutes , then add the mixed boiled veggies , add salt , chilli powder and mix well and let it cook for 15 minutes, finally add lemon mix well and let it cool before filling in the sheets.
Once the filling is cooled, take the sheets and roll it little more length into breath then cut it into three strips of rectangle, do the same with the other strip and fill in the stuffing by talking one tbsp and seal the edges with water, so that it does not open during baking.
Pre-heat the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees and bake the puffs on top rack for 15 minutes at 180 degrees and its done, let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving