October 16, 2009

Sausage and Spinach Puffs

Seems that since the start of this school year, I've constantly felt like my commitments are heavier than I intended them to be. I'm working hard on some PTA projects for My Boys' school in addition to helping with daily homework and running them to after school activities. It's all good stuff, but it can be a bit exhausting. In another week or so, things should settle down - at least a little bit!

With all the crazy afternoons, I'm constantly in search of quick and easy dinner ideas that everyone will enjoy. I found a recipe in Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats for Rachael Ray's Sausage and Spinach Puffs. I've never worked with puff pastry before, but decided that it couldn't be worse than working with phyllo dough.

I ended up not really following the recipe, which means it definitely took only about 30 minutes to make these tasty puffs. I used the recipe as a starting point, and the result was a dinner that I'm planning to repeat again this weekend!



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I ended up not adding too many seasonings to the sausage since the brand I use is very flavorful on it's own. It would be so simple to vary the ingredients on this and get your kids to eat all different veggies - just cut them up so that they don't notice them!

This is a filling meal on it's own, but you could also add a light salad to go along with it. We didn't have any leftovers this time, but I hope to have some next time so I can see how this one reheats. If you have a busy night coming up, it would be simple to prep it ahead of time by cooking the sausage and then refrigerating it until time to assemble.


Sausage & Spinach Puffs


Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 packages puff pastry (each package has 2 sheets)


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on large cookie sheet and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and break up with a spatula as it cooks. It should be broken up into small bits. Once completely cooked, remove from heat and put in a large bowl.
  3. Add drained spinach to the sausage. Then add the Paremsan Cheese and combine completely.
  4. Cut each pastry sheet in half so that each one is now 2 rectangles. Place about 3/4 cup of the sausage mixture at one end of the pastry sheet. Roll up, making sure to enclose the mixture fully. Repeat until all pastry sheets have been used, and place on the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Cut a 2-inch vent in each puff with a sharp knife. Cook for about 18-22 minutes or until nicely browned on top.


Serves 4-6.


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12 comments:

Lynda said...

This looks so delicious, Patsy...I've not worked with puff pastry before, but I will now!

Karine said...

It sounds yummy! I find it hard to work with puff pastry... but I have to admit I am not a good "handywoman".

Heidi said...

I will admit I'm not very good at my time management since both girls are in school now and I'm working part time. I'm always trying to find fast, but yummy dishes so I don't spend all day cooking. Thanks for the yummy idea!

Anonymous said...

Couldn't tell from the picture, but how did you seal the edges? Like the filo, making an envelope, or pressing it closed?
Think I'll try it next week...looks so good!

Patsyk said...

I was able to seal the edges by pressing the puff pastry together. It didn't need anything more than that. The puff pastry seems to have more moisture in it than the phyllo dough.

let me know how you like it!

Chef E said...

Oh that looks good! It of course would be the first thing I want after I just ate dinner! Well a turkey sandwich anyway...

Deborah said...

Oooh, I have some puff pastry in the freezer that I need to use!

Cate O'Malley said...

Not a big fan of working with puff pastry, but those look so yummy and filling, I just may have to suck it up. Delish!

Pam said...

Yum. These look really tasty.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

These look too elegant to be for a quick weeknight dinner!

Robin Sue said...

I love how everyhting looks so dressed up on puff pastry. It is one of my favorite doughs to use! Great recipe and I love the peek hole on top!

Aggie said...

Loving the looks of these! I've got to get over my fear of working with puff pastry! Have a great weekend Patsy!

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