Spinach and ricotta puff pastry Christmas tree

    1 hour 47 min

    Puff pastry pinwheels stuffed with spinach and ricotta are presented in the shape of a Christmas tree. Perfect vegetarian addition to a Christmas buffet!

    6 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 2 red onions, chopped
    • 250g fresh spinach
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 250g fresh ricotta cheese
    • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved, or more to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:27min  ›  Extra time:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr47min 

    1. 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 heat and cool completely.
    2. Chop spinach mixture and combine with ricotta and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
    3. Roll out puff pastry sheet and evenly cover with spinach-cheese mixture to within 1.5cm of the edges. Tightly roll up sheet lengthways and press edges tightly together. Wrap in cling film and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
    4. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment.
    5. Slice pastry log into 2cm slices so you have 16 to 22 pinwheels. Lay puff pastry pinwheels on prepared tray 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 on the bottom row. Place a single wheel on the bottom to make the tree trunk. Brush the top of the entire tree with egg.
    6. Bake in preheated oven until pastry is 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.


    Spinach and ricotta puff pastry Christmas tree
    Spinach and ricotta puff pastry Christmas tree

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    brought this to holiday party at work and everybody ooohed and aahed :-)  -  15 Dec 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used bacon and feta cheese. Very easy & yummy!  -  05 Jan 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I added bacon to the filling mix, and it was delish!  -  30 Dec 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)