web
stats

Simple (and beautiful) recipes tested by ana

A Christmas Spinach Tree

A Christmas Spinach Tree

My daughter Gabriella showed me this Christmas spinach tree and I didn’t resist. I prepared it this morning and put in freezer for Christmas Eve dinner.

This Christmas spinach tree is beautiful to see and decorates your table, other than being also an easy finger food appetizer, as each one can pull out the own branch.

I found this lovely idea on thi Italian blog: Anna on the Clouds.

I stuffed it with the same spinach and ricotta stuffing used in the sunny spinach pie. Other than being very tasty, it is very easy to manage and allow you to twist the dough easily. I don’t know if it works with other stuffings, it probably do – but take care not to use vegetables that water or don’t form a compact stuffing.

Merry Christmas! May these holidays bring you a lot of joy and happiness with your dear ones.

christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree

 

christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree christmas spinach tree

A Christmas Spinach Tree
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
A cute and tasty Christmas spinach tree
Author:
Recipe type: Christmas appetizer
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry
  • 1 egg
  • for the stuffing:
  • 3 + ⅔ cups/400 g of boiled spinach
  • 1 + ⅓ (abundant)/350 g of ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g of grated Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana cheese
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Clean and boil the spinach.
  2. When done, drain and squeeze them as soon as they have cooled down.
  3. Chop the spinach and put together with ricotta, egg, grated Parmesan, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. Open the first puff pastry sheet.
  5. Using a ruler to make it easier, draw the shape of a Christmas tree.
  6. Put the stuffing inside the shape, leaving a 0.5in border.
  7. Compact it using your hands.
  8. Gently lean the second sheet of puff pastry and, using your fingers, make it adhere along the stuffing, and, pressing with your fingers to help it adhere with the 1st sheet.
  9. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, eliminate the puff pastry you don't need.
  10. From these pieces, using a star cookie cutter, prepare some stars to apply on the tree.
  11. Using a sharp knife cut the branches, width just like a finger.
  12. Carefully lift a branch at a time and twist it on itself. Repeat with all branches.
  13. Lightly beat an egg and, using a kitchen brush, brush all the tree. Add the stars and brush them too.
  14. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden.
  15. Merry Christmas and buon appetito!

 

 


Related Posts

Brazilian Christmas French Toast – Rabanadas

Brazilian Christmas French Toast – Rabanadas

This Brazilian cinnamon french toast has been present in all my Christmas lunches and dinners since now. It has always been my mother’s favorite Christmas sweet and usually she is the one who prepares it. The recipe may lightly vary between different families – and it […]

Lovely Gingerbread Cookies

Lovely Gingerbread Cookies

I have always dreamed to prepare gingerbread cookies. I don’t know why, but something always turned my attention elsewhere and, soon Christmas was gone and I had not prepared them. This year I have finally prepared them. Thanks to my friend Emanuela who proposed me […]



2 thoughts on “A Christmas Spinach Tree”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Scroll Up