When you’re a parent, you instinctively get creative. Not because it’s fun and all, but because there are vegetables to be eaten, and tantrums to be thrown. My son will make you crawl through hell and back before he will even consider taking a bite of anything green, and you’d be lucky if he didn’t spit that bite right back at your sobbing face. So I have to come up with ways to hide veggies, or make them delicious enough to please a kid.
One of the best ways to get your picky eaters to try new things is to get them involved in the cooking process. These spinach feta puffs are always on rotation in our home, not just because they’re yummy, but because they’re so simple to make that the kids can follow through the task easily.
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup crumbed feta
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 muffin tray
Before you begin, it’s important to get rid of as much water from the spinach as possible. I normally leave mine to defrost on kitchen towels for a few hours, followed by a lot of squeezing.
In a bowl, mix the spinach, crumbed feta, onion, garlic, and one beaten egg together (note: yes I know my doodle of the cracked egg looks a tad porno, but I couldn’t be bothered to edit). Sprinkle in a little salt and pepper. Set aside.
Cut the pastry sheet into 9 squares. Brush a muffin tray with the olive oil, and carefully push the puffy pastry squares into it. Spoon 1 1/2 teaspoon of spinach and feta filling into each puff pastry square, and close them by pinching the opposite corners of the squares together. Beat the remaining egg, and brush over each puff.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the puffs are a golden brown. Once done, remove by slowly sliding a knife around the puffs, and popping them over onto a cooling rack for 10 mins before serving.
My kids attacked a few puffs before I managed to snap a proper picture, but who am I to complain when they’re gladly stuffing themselves with greens?
Enjoy cooking with the kiddos!