Puff pastry shells are stuffed with a mix of spinach, creamy cashew cheese, garlic and dill, and then baked to flaky perfection to make these mouth-watering vegan spinach puffs.
I just checked and I have 792 published posts on this blog. Damn! And most of them are recipes. I can't even get my head around that. Like, when I try to think of what recipes I have on the blog, for example when someone asks for a recommendation, I can usually think of five dishes, max.
So sometimes I'll come up with a new idea that I think is totally groundbreaking, go and make it and then realize it looks a lot like something I made two years ago. Or a week ago.
That's kind of what happened with these puffs. It wasn't until I popped them out of the oven that it occurred to me that they look a lot like this quiche from two years ago. Check it out. Spinach. Puff pastry. Dill.
But: that's a quiche and these are cheesy little appetizer puffs.
Am I making too big a deal of this? My husband seemed to think so. He talked me down and convinced me that they're sufficiently distinct and I need to blog this.
Then he taste tested a puff and promptly insisted that I blog these. They're seriously tasty.
I adapted my spinach puffs from this non-vegan recipe. It was pretty easy. Cashew cheese was a perfect stand-in for the feta.
The original recipe suggests eating these as a main dish, but I always think of spinach puffs as an appetizer. Isn't anything with "puffs" in the name generally a snack or breakfast food? Anyhow, they definitely seem more appetizer-y to me, and pretty perfect for holiday entertaining.
Best of all — they're pretty easy to throw together. Save time by using store-bought puff pastry (lots of brands just happen to be vegan!). You can even prep the filling ahead and refrigerate or freeze it for later. I actually froze a big stash myself because I'm sure I'll want to whip these up again for some holiday celebrations later this month.
Vegan Spinach Puffs
Puff pastry shells are stuffed with spinach, creamy cashew cheese, garlic and dill, and then baked to flaky perfection to make these vegan spinach puffs.
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours
- ½ cup unflavored and unsweetened soy or almond milk
- 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 1 (17.3 ounce package) puff pastry (2 sheets. Check the label to ensure it's vegan — many brands are.)
- Olive oil
Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly oil 2 standard-size muffin tins. (You'll need 18 cavities, so you can use 2 tins, 1 tin with 18 cavities — if you can find it — or use a single tin but cook the puffs in 2 batches.)
Place the cashews, milk, lemon juice, garlic, and salt into a food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Drain the spinach and squeeze it to remove as much moisture as possible. Add the spinach to the food processor bowl, along with the onion and dill. Pulse until the ingredients are fully mixed.
Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 3 strips of equal length, and then cut each strip into thirds, making 18 squares. Place each square into the bottom of a muffin cavity, stretching it out just a bit by hand if needed so the corners reach a bit beyond the top of the cavity. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the spinach mixture into each puff pastry square. Fold the corners of each square inward and pinch then together at the center. Brush the top of each puff with a bit of olive oil.
Bake until the puffs are lightly browned and puffy, about 25 minutes. Remove the tins from the oven and allow them to cool a bit before removing the puffs. Loosen the puffs from the tin by placing a knife down the side, between the puff and the tin.
Adapted from Epicurious.