Puff pastry pinwheels are a great appetizer for any occasion and during the Christmas season I arrange them to form a christmas tree. You can change the filling to your liking.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
27 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 47 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat and saute onions until soft and translucent. Add spinach, salt, and pepper and briefly saute while stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.. Cover and cook until spinach is wilted, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove lid after 5 minutes and allow cooking liquid to evaporate. Remove from stove and cool completely.

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  • Chop spinach mixture and combine with ricotta and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  • Roll out puff pastry sheet and evenly cover with spinach-cheese mixture to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Tightly roll up sheet lengthwise and press edges tightly together. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Slice pastry log into 3/4-inch slices so you have 16 to 22 pinwheels. Lay puff pastry pinwheels in the shape of a Christmas tree. The lowest row should consist of 6 pinwheels the second row 5 pinwheels, etc. If you end up with 16 pinwheels, start with 5 pinwheels in the lowest row. Place the last wheel on the bottom to make the stem. Brush with egg.

  • Bake in preheated oven until wheels are lightly browned and puffed up, 20 to 25 minutes. Decorate with cherry tomatoes for Christmas tree ornaments.

Cook's Note:

You can store the filled puff pastry log in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 19.4g; fat 15.5g; cholesterol 30.9mg; sodium 177.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2017
Made this on Christmas and it was very enjoyable to cook and a hit among guests. I would suggest 9-10 cups of spinach (to bring out more flavour). Otherwise this was very YUMMY and CREATIVE! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/27/2020
It may have been me, but this didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. The shape was like a fat Christmas tree. They were alright, but I'm not sure I would make this again. I made two for a party, and there was leftovers, which I didn't expect. Next time I'll try it on my family first before sharing with friends. Maybe yours will turn out better. Read More
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2017
Made this on Christmas and it was very enjoyable to cook and a hit among guests. I would suggest 9-10 cups of spinach (to bring out more flavour). Otherwise this was very YUMMY and CREATIVE! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2017
This is very good. Once rolled though it definitely needed more than an hour to set in the fridge. I just made it again with 5 hours in the fridge and it was much better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2017
brought this to holiday party at work and everybody ooohed and aahed:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2017
came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2017
Followed the recipe exactly & they turned out great. Everyone loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2018
It was a hit at the Christmas party I went to. Several people asked for the recipe. I only used one red onion instead of two. That was more than enough Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2018
It was delicious except too much filling to properly roll into pinwheels. When I make it again I will put approximately 1/4 less ricotta & really squeeze out more water from spinach. It was really good but very filling! Yumm! 4 stars. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/25/2018
It was way too wet and too much filling for just one puff pastry. I won't be making it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2021
Have made this twice. Very good and easy. Couple of things I changed. The spinach was wilted after 3 minutes of sautéing so I skipped the 5 minutes of cooking. While it cooled I left the lid off and the moisture evaporated. I cooked the slices before arranging them in a Christmas tree shape so I could put them on a pretty plate for serving. The pastry also cooked more evenly this way. These reheat nicely in the microwave or on the stove top. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
04/27/2020
It may have been me, but this didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. The shape was like a fat Christmas tree. They were alright, but I'm not sure I would make this again. I made two for a party, and there was leftovers, which I didn't expect. Next time I'll try it on my family first before sharing with friends. Maybe yours will turn out better. Read More
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