This is a great New Year's appetizer. I love the crisp flaky exterior of the puff pastry with the warm creamy vegetable filling!
Spinach and Shitake Mushroom Triangles 1 sheet puff pastry 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 pound of shitake mushrooms (about 10) 1 bag baby spinach 1 cup of Gruyere cheese 1 egg - beaten
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Thaw a sheet of puff pastry. Lightly flour your surface. Unfold the pastry and cut along the crease to create three 3-inch wide strips. Cut each strip into three equal pieces so you have nine squares. With a rolling pin, roll each square to thin it out retaining the square shape.
Remove and discard the shitake mushroom stems. Slice the mushroom caps into thin strips. In a skillet, place the oil and saute for about 4 minutes. Add the spinach. Cook until the spinach is completely wilted - about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
On each square place about a tablespoon of cheese. Divide the mushroom/spinach mixture between the nine puff pastries. Top with any remaining cheese. Fold the puff pastry over and crimp with a fork to seal in the filling.
Lightly brush each pastry with the egg mixture.
Place in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and serve.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.