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Recipe: Spinach & Mushroom Puff Pastry

February 28, 2017
by Courtney

Entertaining and Recipes Kitchen and Dining

Over the weekend, I decided that I should become a gourmet chef. You know… whisking, stirring, sautéing and baking up a storm of delicious dinners, desserts and nibbles for any occasion.

I went out and bought an apron, new sauté pan as well as a couple of pretty little serving pieces. Then I chose a recipe that sounded delicious, looked amazing and had a secret: it is super easy to make.

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With fresh spinach, mushrooms, garlic and herbs tucked inside a pastry crust that is braided and beautiful, it was as pretty as it is delectable.

Spinach & Mushroom Braided Puff Pastry

1 layer of puff pastry
12 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 handfuls of fresh spinach
5 cloves of garlic- chopped
1 tsp. minced herb (rosemary or thyme)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (we chose pepper jack cheese)
Salt, freshly ground pepper to taste
1 large egg, beaten
1 sprig of rosemary (optional for presentation)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lay the pastry dough on a cookie sheet or foil that has been coated with nonstick spray.

2. Sauté the mushrooms and garlic with olive oil until brown.

3. Add your spinach leaves and continue to cook, stirring occasionally so they don’t stick.

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4. Season to taste with salt and pepper (if you like a lot of flavor, add a lot and vice versa).

5. Prepare your dough by cutting small triangles out of the bottom of it. Slice each side to create pieces that you can use for braids. Fill the center of the dough with the mushrooms, garlic and spinach mixture.

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6. Sprinkle chopped herbs and cheese on top (if you choose to use it).

7. Fold pieces of pastry, alternating one side to the next to create a braid. Then simply tuck the ends in.

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8. Whisk your egg and brush on top of your braided dough. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Slice and serve on a cutting board or platter.

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I chose a marble pastry board for serving and placed it inside a large, vintage-inspired wicker serving tray — pretty presentation and easy transport. You can find all of these serving elements at HomeGoods as well.

Enjoy!

Courtney writes the blog French Country Cottage where she shares lifestyle, entertaining, DIY and the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage.