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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.

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A Christmas Spinach Tree
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A cute and tasty Christmas spinach tree
Recipe type: Christmas appetizer
Serves: 8
  • 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
  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!



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3 thoughts on “A Christmas Spinach Tree”

  • bellissimo, facile e totalmente in armonia con il natale. proprio una di quelle cosine che piacciono a noi!
    grazie e tanti cari auguri

  • Ciao Ana! Finalmente riesco a passare. Gli impegni lavorativi mi hanno completamente assorbito! Ad ogni modo, ti rinnovo i miei complimenti e la mia felicità nell’aver condiviso questa ricetta che , sia tu che tua figlia, avete apprezzato moltissimo! Ti auguro un 2016 ricco di salute, gioia e tante soddisfazioni 🙂
    Un abbraccio,

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