Creamy Spinach & Zaatar Pinwheels

Crisp, creamy, and packed with flavor, these spinach and zaatar pinwheels are the perfect addition to any dinner party or potluck.  They require very few ingredients and the use of store-bought puff pastry makes them a breeze to prepare!

Spinach and feta cheese is a combination used often in Middle Eastern cooking and a delicious combination it is, but we thought we’d spice it up a bit by adding a hearty dose of zaatar.  In case you’re not familiar, zaatar is the name for a spice blend that’s a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine and dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt.  A fresh high quality zaatar is strictly a mix of wild thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds, and little salt, with the pungent earthy peppery wild thyme offering the dominant flavor. This combination of high-quality herbs and spices is just what was needed to take this mash up of healthy spinach, creamy cheese, and buttery dough to the next level!

Creamy Spinach & Zaatar Pinwheels ready to serve.

Creamy Spinach & Zaatar Pinwheels   

Recipe Category: Hors d'oeuvres
Recipe Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 15
Serving Size: 1 pinwheel
Calories: 134
Fat: 9g
Protein: 3g
Carbs: 8g
Fiber: 0g

 

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 (10 oz.) package frozen, chopped spinach
4 oz. (½ block) cream cheese, softened
 ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons zaatar + additional for sprinkling
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

 Creamy Spinach & Zaatar Pinwheels  - step one through step nine

Instructions

  1. Thaw the puff pastry according to the package instructions. Thaw the spinach in a colander and squeeze as much excess water from it as you can.
  2. Combine the spinach, cream cheese, feta cheese, and zaatar in a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Carefully spread the spinach mixture over the entire surface of the puff pastry. (You’ll probably want to use your hands for this.)
  4. Starting at the edge closest to you, begin to gently roll the puff pastry until you’ve formed a log.
  5. Transfer the puff pastry log to the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. (This makes it easier to slice.)
  6. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Whisk the egg and water together in a small bowl.
  8. Remove the puff pastry log from the freezer and cut into ½” slices.
  9. Place the slices onto the prepared baking sheet, brush with the egg mixture, and sprinkle with additional zaatar, if desired.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.  

 

Creamy Spinach & Zaatar Pinwheels - out of the oven and ready to serve

 


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