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Spinach-Filled Red Pepper Pastry Swirls

Yield: makes 40 to 45 appetizers
Prep 35 mins Bake 400°F 16 mins
Spinach-Filled Red Pepper Pastry Swirls
  • 3/4  cup  water
  • 1/3  cup  butter
  • 3/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 3  eggs
  • 1/4  cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3  tablespoons  roasted red sweet peppers, finely chopped and well drained
  • 1 10  ounce package  frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 5  ounce container  semisoft cheese with garlic and herb
  • 1  beaten egg

1. Line two baking sheets with foil; grease foil. Set aside.

2. For pastry, combine water and butter in a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling. Add flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes. Add the 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well with wooden spoon after each addition until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese and roasted peppers.

3. Meanwhile, for filling, place spinach in a colander. Press the back of a wooden spoon against the spinach to force out any excess water. In a medium bowl stir together spinach, semisoft cheese, and the beaten egg.

4. Drop filling by level measuring teaspoons into mounds 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

5. Place pastry dough in a pastry bag fitted with a 3/8-inch star tip. Pipe dough in circles around filling mounds, leaving filling uncovered in center.

6. Bake in a 400 degree F. oven for 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Makes 40 to 45 appetizers.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Prepare and bake swirls as directed above. Remove from baking sheets, and cool on wire racks. Place in freezer containers and freeze up to 1 month. To reheat, place frozen swirls on greased baking sheets. Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts (Spinach-Filled Red Pepper Pastry Swirls)
  • cal. (kcal) 47,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 26,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 2,
  • vit. A (RE) 62,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • sodium (mg) 59,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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