Spinach and Cheese Pinwheels
These are incredibly simple. Before today, I had only tried sweet pinwheels (blueberry or strawberry), but I wanted to try something savory. And let me tell you, these were delicious. Seriously yummy. They are a bit crumbly (perhaps because of the type of puff pastry I used), so if you take them on the go, expect some pastry flakes to fly!
I would have liked to use shredded cheese because I think it gets more stringy. But that’s just my preference. We didn’t have shredded cheese, so I was “forced” to use the sliced cheese that we had (it was some provolone and smoked cheddar). We buy high quality slices, so I didn’t feel too bad about it.
First, the cast of characters. You want to get a puff pastry (you can make your own, if you want), chop some spinach, and gather some cheese of your choice. You will also need a little flour and butter or oil.
I sprinkled some flour onto a surface so that I could roll out the pastry. I find it to be WAY too thick, so I roll it a bit thinner and then make two different rolls. (Today I made the spinach+cheese one and also a blueberry+cinnamon one.)
After you roll out the pastry, spread a bit of butter on it. This is just for flavor, honestly. It’s optional.
For the spinach pinwheels, I put my cheese pretty evenly across the surface and then sprinkled the chopped spinach on top.
Just for fun, here’s a shot of the blueberry one (I sprinkled some cinnamon and then layered the blueberries).
Carefully roll up your pinwheel. Then slice it. I used a pizza cutter, but a very sharp knife would work just as well. Take your time so they don’t smush too much.
Layer them on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes.
These freeze really well and last in the fridge for several days, too. We usually eat them all within a few days. I enjoy these, and Alexander ate the insides of his. In the past, though, he has eaten whole pinwheels (just one, usually).
Here’s your printable recipe if you want it!
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- about 1 cup of spinach, chopped
- 2 slices of cheese (or about 1 cup of shredded)
- Flour, for rolling out the dough
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Roll out your puff pastry on a floured surface, to make it thinner (this is optional).
- Spread some butter on top of the pastry (also optional).
- Layer the cheese in a single, thin layer.
- Sprinkle the spinach generously to cover the entire pastry.
- Roll up the dough and slice it to about 2 cm thickness.
- Place on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Freezing: After these cool, you can place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze them.