Zestuous Spinach Cups

Spinach Cups

Zestuous Spinach Cups are a quick appetizer for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year. The crunchy, buttery puff pastry crust encases a super creamy spinach filling.

I chose not to overdo this filling – no added onions, bacon or other accents. It’s just fresh spinach cooked down and seasoned with a bit of salt and a hint of nutmeg blended with cream cheese.

This wasn’t the recipe I planned on making today. I actually wanted to make green puff pastry sandwiches filled with spinach and cream cheese. I cooked down the spinach to make homemade green food coloring, but it wasn’t vibrant enough. So I added green food coloring paste to it. That worked, but after I brushed it over the pastry and baked it, it didn’t look appetizing at all.

So I went with something that’s not all that creative, but it’s so simple and perfect for spring. I used puff pastry crust (instead of pie crust) because the filling is so unassuming, the crust really pulls together all the flavors. Enjoy.

Zestuous Spinach Cups

Yield: 24 cups

Zestuous Spinach Cups

Ingredients

Place the spinach and water in a pot.

Cover with a lid and cook on medium-high for 10 minutes, until it wilts.

Place the spinach in a salad spinner to remove all the water.

In a large bowl, stir together the cooked spinach, cream cheese, salt and nutmeg.

Unfold puff pastry sheets and cut out circles with a 2 1/2" - 2 3/4" cookie cutter or glass.

Place the pastry circles into a mini muffin pan.

Fill with spinach filling.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

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