Looking for a quick and delicious puff pastry recipe? Here’s how to make vegan spinach puffs that are full of flavor! Give them a try!
Parties usually mean lots of social interactions. And while I’m 100% into that, there are still times when it can become stressful. You don’t always know how to dress, what to bring, how long to stay.
But instead of becoming anxious about all these things that you need to get right, you can transform these meetings into an occasion of showcasing your culinary skills! 🙂 Everyone will appreciate a warm plate of delicious appetizers. And if the small delights are also super simple to make and healthy and nutritious, you’ve got yourself the jackpot!
The recipe that I will show you today fits exactly into that sweet spot. Today we are going to make vegan spinach puffs, a great savory appetizer that will please even the pickiest guests.
These vegan spinach puffs are the perfect choice when you want to prepare something really, really tasty but also super fast. They use only a handful of simple ingredients, but the result is really special. Small bites of heaven – that’s what they are! 😉
Pastry puffs are probably the appetizer by excellence. That’s because they are bite-sized, so they’re super simple to share with a larger group of people – and super easy to transport, while also delicious.
It’s the kind of dish that pleases everyone. For me, I think the puff pastry is one of the greatest inventions. The French really know their ways around cooking and puff pastry is no exception.
For professional chefs, nothing comes randomly, and the creation of refinement and excellence requires rigor and precision. While puff pastry might seem like something that you can get at every corner, there’s actually a very precise method for getting the perfect puff.
The distinctive feature of puff pastry: layers. Did you know that there’s even a formula for determining the number of layers in a puff pastry?
It goes like this: l = (f + 1)^n. Umm…what’s that? Well, l is the number of total finished layers, f represents the number of folds in a single folding move, and n shows how many times the folding move is repeated.
So you see, food really is an art and a science! 🙂 Luckily, we will just be focusing on the simple part and leave the rest to the food designers and engineers. All I need to know is that my puff tastes amazing!
For this recipe, you can use store-bought puff pastry. We don’t want to get into the details (and formulas) of puff pastry with this recipe, so we can stick with a simple and fast solution. Just make sure that the puff pastry of your choice is 100% vegan.
Read the list of ingredients as some of the store-bought pastries might contain butter or other dairy non-vegan ingredients!
As for the filling, I chose the spinach for this recipe. Spinach is one of my favorite things to combine with pastry puffs. Besides its delicious taste, spinach is also a super healthy choice! Here are the impressive nutrients found in just 1 cup of spinach:
- 7 calories
- 86 grams of protein
- 30 milligrams of calcium
- 81 g of iron
- 24 mg of magnesium
- 167 mg of potassium
- 2,813 IU of Vitamin A
- 58 micrograms of folate
That is actually impressive for something so easy to find and prepare. So you should try to incorporate these leafy greens into your diet as often as possible – your body will thank you for it later.
Along with spinach, we will, of course, add some other ingredients to improve our puff spinach. In order for everything to stick together, you will need to incorporate some kind of creamy ingredient. And here I recommend some cream cheese. Not the dairy kind of course!
There are many vegan options available in stores, but if you’ve got some free time on your hands, I recommend you try my recipe for vegan cream cheese. Tofu is another excellent choice, which is what I used in today’s recipe! Whatever you choose to use, I am still positive that the result will be great.
I think that the kitchen is already calling! I am for sure eager to get everything ready because these things are so delicious that I’m craving for more and more and more!
Follow my detailed recipe below and you won’t be disappointed either! If you give this recipe a try, don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me how it went – I am always happy to hear from you and your experiences with the recipes you find here!
- 800 g vegan puff pastry
- 2 cups tofu, crumbled
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- olive oil
- Heat up 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.
- Fry the minced garlic and chopped onion.
- When translucent, add the crumbled tofu and cook for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the spinach and season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Cook for 1 additional minute and let cool.
- Cut the pastry into squares (about 10 x 10 cm). Place 1 - 1,5 Tbsp of the tofu mixture on each square and pinch shut folding it like an envelope.
- Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes.