This is a super easy recipe for spinach puff pastry swirls, or if you want to be posh, palmiers. They are great for lunch, as a snack or in a picnic. Most UK schools don't allow nuts so I would sub the nuts for sunflower seeds if I was making these for a lunchbox.
I am on a puff pastry roll at the moment. It seems I can do no wrong in my kids' eyes if it comes served with puff pastry - they'll eat anything! Which is fine by me if it means they're getting a little spinach in their diet.
This recipe would be a lovely one to make with your children if you're looking to get them involved in cooking. I've heard time and time again that getting children involved in meal prep, cooking - and even in meal planning - can really help with picky eating. It's got to be worth a try, right? These spinach palmiers are really easy and quick to make and even little kids can get involved with spreading and rolling.
200g spinach leaves, washed and shredded
50g nuts - I used a mix of walnuts and pine nuts
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1 x 320g sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
50g cheddar cheese, grated
1. First make your pesto. Place the spinach, nuts, balsamic vinegar and olive oil into a blender and pulse until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides to make sure the nuts are all fully ground down. I used my Froothie Optimum G2.3 blender.*
2. Roll out your sheet of puff pastry onto a baking tray, keeping it on the greaseproof paper.
3. Spread some of the pesto over the puff pastry, reserving the leftovers for use in another dish eg with pasta.
4. Sprinkle over the grated cheese.
5. Roll the pastry up tightly along the long side to the middle, then repeat from the other side.
6. Wrap in the paper and chill in the fridge for several hours. If you're short of time 20 minutes in the freezer should do it.
7. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
8. Remove the palmier roll from the fridge or freezer and remove the paper. Using a sharp knife cut into one cm pieces and place on the baking tray.
9. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
*Disclosure: I am an Ambassador for Froothie and any links to their products in this post are affiliate links which, if purchased through, won’t cost you any more but will earn me a small commission. Affiliate links throughout are marked with an asterix. I only endorse products I am happy with and I have not been paid for this post. * Read my review of the G2.3 blender.