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Small Things

I’m a sucker for “itsy-bitsy” things. For example, a newborn’s perfectly wrinkled feet, an eight-week-old golden doodle with puppy breath, a tiny cup of espresso that gets me pumped for action, a flower bulb sprouting in Spring when it first breaks through the ground, plus a million more “tiny” things on my list.

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers - the filling in a bowl

Bitesize Appetizers are Cute and Enticing

When it comes to food, one of my favorite has got to be bitesize appetizers. There’s something very cute and enticing about a food item you can just pop in your mouth. Who has the willpower to turn away from mini chicken and waffles waiting to be dunked in maple syrup or tiny grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup shots? I know I don’t!

Appetizers, according to Michael Scott of The Office, are “appe-teasers.” They have a flirting aspect that gives us a little taste of yumminess but keeps us coming back for more.

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers - raw in mini muffin tins

Keep the Party Moving

One thing that works well to keep your party moving is having different appetizers at different places in your home. You could place a platter of “Loaded Potato Skins” on the patio, a plate of “Spanish Pork Skewers” on your coffee table, and these Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers on your kitchen bar. This movement keeps your party from becoming stagnant. It also helps the flow of discussion which allows your guests to become acquainted before the sit-down meal.

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers i mini muffin tins

A Balancing Act Between Appetizers and the Meal

When providing heavier starters such as these Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers you will want to go lighter on the actual meal. Or vice versa – if you go light on the appetizers, you can pull together a heavier menu for dinner. The balancing act is important when providing food for the entire evening.

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers i mini muffin tins

Make-Ahead Food

In my opinion, the most important aspect of preparing for a dinner party is the make-ahead food. When I’m deciding on a menu list, I always include several items that I can throw together a day or two before. This removes the frazzle of the “day-of” prep. I hate being hidden in the kitchen still throwing things together while I miss out on the fun happening in the other room.

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers

Speaking of make-ahead, these Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers are so convenient. You can do one of two things. You can make, bake and freeze all at the same time, then thaw and serve them at room temperature. Or you can prepare them in the mini muffin pans, and freeze them before baking. When they are frozen solid, pop them out of the pans and place them in a freezer bag. When ready to bake, I place them back in the muffin tins, thaw and bake according to the instructions in the recipe.

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers i mini muffin tins

Blending of Flavors with the Flaky Puff Pastry

Spinach, artichokes, green onions, garlic, and feta are the ideal blending of savory flavors to accompany the flaky puff pastry.  I guarantee you will want to make a double batch if you’re having a party because these little nibbles will be gone in a flash.

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Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizers

This Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Appetizer is loaded with savory flavors. It is a buttery puff of goodness that just about melts in your mouth. A simple make-ahead finger food that your guests will devour.

  • Author: Kristy Murray
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 mini spinach cups

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. frozen Spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 14 oz, can Artichoke Hearts, drained, chopped and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup Green Onions, chopped
  • 8 oz. Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz. Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 6 garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 stick of Butter, melted
  • 3 Eggs, beaten, divided
  • 3 Puff Pastry Sheets

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Using a cheesecloth, squeeze as much water out as possible of both the spinach and chopped artichokes.
  • In a medium-size bowl, combine spinach, artichokes, onions, cheeses, salt/pepper, garlic, butter and 2 beaten eggs.
  • Roll each sheet of puff pastry out (separately) to 10 x 10 inch. Using a pizza cutter, divide each sheet of the puff pastry into 9 equal squares giving a total of 24.
  • Spray 2 mini muffin tins (24 muffins) with Pam spray. Press each puff pastry square into the bottom and sides the muffin tins. Place a heaping tablespoon of the spinach mixture into square. Bring each corner up and twist to seal.
  • Brush the additional beaten egg onto each spinach cup.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve either warm or room temperature.

Notes

  • Make-ahead instructions. You can do one of two things. You can make, bake and freeze all at the same time, then thaw and serve them at room temperature. Or you can prepare them in the mini muffin pans, and freeze them before baking. When they are frozen solid, I pop them out of the pans and place them in a freezer bag. When ready to bake, I place them back in the muffin tins, thaw and bake according to the instructions in the recipe.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 mini spinach cups
  • Calories: 342
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 748 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 42 mg