Galette des rois

Starting in late December, pastry shops in Paris start jumping the gun, and windows and showcases begin filling up with Galettes des rois, or King Cake, in anticipation of the celebration of Epiphany, on January 6th. Because it’s such a popular treat, and lucrative for bakeries, the period of availability seems to extend a few more days every year and it’s not unusual for find…

galette des rois recipe

Starting in late December, pastry shops in Paris start jumping the gun, and windows and showcases begin filling up with Galettes des rois, or King Cake, in anticipation of the celebration of Epiphany, on January 6th.

Galette des Rois

Because it’s such a popular treat, and lucrative for bakeries, the period of availability seems to extend a few more days every year and it’s not unusual for find bakeries peddling them until the end of the month of January. It’s hard to blame them (and those of us who buy them) because they’re so good. Years ago, I used to bake them when I worked in restaurants, and they’re called Pithiviers, named for the town in the Loiret (south of Paris) where they allegedly originated.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Braid

These Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Braids are BEAUTIFUL and the perfect treat for the holidays or any special occasion. You can enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, tea time, or dessert. Now, let me tell you my little secret…they are made with stor…

These Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish Braids are BEAUTIFUL and the perfect treat for the holidays or any special occasion. You can enjoy them for breakfast, brunch, tea time, or dessert. Now, let me tell you my little secret…they are made with store-bought puff pastry sheets and are SO easy to make! The pastries are flaky,…

Cherry Hand Pies

Cherry Hand Pies are the epitome of personal pie goodness! Flaky pie crust and sweet cherry filling in a portable pie form – what more could you ask for? This post contains affiliate links. If you’ve been around here for a while, you might have figured out that I love individually sized desserts. They’re just so …

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Cherry Hand Pies are the epitome of personal pie goodness! Flaky pie crust and sweet cherry filling in a portable pie form – what more could you ask for?

Cherry hand pies arranged on a wire cooling rack

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you might have figured out that I love individually sized desserts.

They’re just so cute, fun to eat, and are great for parties or taking to potlucks and cookouts.

Mini pecan pies? Better than a full pecan pie. 

Mini pumpkin pies? So much cuter and more fun than a regular-sized pie.

Mini s’mores cheesecakes? Well, I think you get the idea.

And is there a more summer-perfect pie than cherry pie? I feel like there has to be a cherry pie or cherry crisp at every summer barbecue. It’s just the rule!

The minute I see fresh sweet cherries on sale at the store I have to buy them up and pack all of their goodness into Cherry Hand Pies for a portable version of this summer fave.

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Puff Pastry Tomato Tart

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Easy Weeknight White Pizza.

This is the easiest white pizza recipe! Puff pastry gives it a super flaky, delicious crust and it’s so simple. Garlicky, cheesy and topped with sliced tomatoes, this is so delish to throw together after a busy day. Raise your hand if you love white pizza! I know it’s technically not a weeknight today BUT! […]

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This is the easiest white pizza recipe! Puff pastry gives it a super flaky, delicious crust and it’s so simple. Garlicky, cheesy and topped with sliced tomatoes, this is so delish to throw together after a busy day.

Raise your hand if you love white pizza!

easy weeknight white pizza

I know it’s technically not a weeknight today BUT! I wanted to have this all lined up for you in case you wanted to add it to your meal plan for next week. Or just have something SO easy and delicious to throw together over the weekend.

puff pastry, cheese and tomatoes

I’ve made many white pizzas on the blog before but this one comes close to our all-time favorite. Which is hilarious because it’s embarrassingly easy. It doesn’t even use real pizza dough!

And I clearly have a white pizza obsession, considering that I’ve done white pizza dip and white pizza pull-apart bread and white pizza lasagna. It has been a staple of pizza night in my family since I was a kid, so the flavors are nostalgic and comforting. And delicious! 

easy weeknight white pizza

I based this on my family’s favorite white pizza EVER. We’re talking a white pizza that has been everyone’s favorite for 30 years, maybe? A super long time. 

The crust is very flaky and pastry-like. It’s actually the reason that I first started using puff pastry as a cheaters pizza crust over a decade ago. Puff pastry is really the only way to easily mimic a flaky pizza crust, plus it tastes fantastic. Of course. 

And I think we all know how much I adore it! (Everyday Dinners may have six recipes with puff pastry… oops!)

easy weeknight white pizza

The white pizza that I’m referencing is fairly garlicky. If that kind of thing bothers you, just use less! It’s such a simple pizza too. Everyone LOVES it. 

easy weeknight white pizza

This is what you need for the weeknight white pizza: 

  • Puff pastry! I sound like a broken record since it is so frequently talked about here on the blog, but it’s super versatile. My favorite brand is the Wewalka puff pastry. The Wewalka one has no perforations and is just one large sheet. I absolutely LOVE it. And I find that it works best when you want to use puff pastry as a sheet, as opposed to cut outs, etc. 
  • I do a quick little garlic oil. Just olive oil and garlic, plus a pinch of crushed red pepper if you like it. Just a pinch. We’re not looking for heat here! 
  • Slice tomatoes, which we salt to remove a bit of the moisture. We don’t want them all wet on the puff pastry. And since we do this, they don’t have to be garden fresh or anything. You could get away with some of those less-than-ideal tomatoes from the grocery store in the winter. Because we’re salting and baking them! 
  • Cheese cheese cheese. I like to use a mix. Either freshly grated mozzarella or provolone works. You can use a bag of italian blend cheese. I don’t love bagged shredded cheese because it never melts as nicely as freshly grated, but if you like to use it, I highly suggest Tillamook. They make the best! I also do lots of parmesan too.
  • A sprinkle of dried herbs like basil or italian seasoning is great here too.

easy weeknight white pizza

The downside is that this doesn’t make a ton of pizza for a group. It serves two nicely especially if you have a salad on the side. It serves one if you’ve had A WEEK. It’s best when eaten right after making, but it’s still okay when reheated the next day in the oven. 

easy weeknight white pizza

I know I have a lot of favorites but I have to say that this is probably in my top ten favorite recipes of all time. It’s easy. And flavorful. It’s just simple and classic and lovely to eat. (more…)

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Pesto Parmesan Cheese Straws

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you are looking for an EASY appetizer for the holidays, a family potluck, or any special occasion, I have the perfect recipe for you, Pesto Parmesan Cheese Straws. This is a no-fuss, no-stress recipe, which makes it…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. If you are looking for an EASY appetizer for the holidays, a family potluck, or any special occasion, I have the perfect recipe for you, Pesto Parmesan Cheese Straws. This is a no-fuss, no-stress recipe, which makes it perfect for serving at parties. The cheesy twists are easy to…

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Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

I’m a big fan of this puff pastry tart; it’s flaky crust and creamy center hit all the right notes. The raspberries add a burst of freshness, and are the perfect partner to the pastry cream topping. It’s a wonderful balance of flavors…

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

I’m a big fan of this puff pastry tart; it’s flaky crust and creamy center hit all the right notes. The raspberries add a burst of freshness, and are the perfect partner to the pastry cream topping. It’s a wonderful balance of flavors and textures, and would be delightful for Mother’s Day or Brunch.  You can make my homemade rough puff pastry, or use store-bought, whichever you prefer! Both will result in a delicious dessert.  Here’s my cheater method for this raspberry tart: Simply use one sheet of store-bought puff pastry (look for a puff pastry that has real butter in it for best results) + and this easy cream cheese filling. To make the cream cheese filling: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip 4 oz  [113 g] room temperature cream cheese, 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt on medium-high until light and fluffy (1 to 2 minutes). Reduce the speed to low and add 1 cup [240 g] of  heavy cream in a slow, steady stream. Once the cream is incorporated, scrape down the mixer bowl, then increase the speed to medium-high […]

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Spinach Pie

I absolutely love spinach pie. It’s rich, but not quite as heavy as a quiche, it has a deliciously flakey crust, and it works as a savory breakfast, brunch, or just anytime meal. It’s so good that I literally can’t wait to eat the leftovers, even though I know that puff pastry isn’t going to be […]

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I absolutely love spinach pie. It’s rich, but not quite as heavy as a quiche, it has a deliciously flakey crust, and it works as a savory breakfast, brunch, or just anytime meal. It’s so good that I literally can’t wait to eat the leftovers, even though I know that puff pastry isn’t going to be crispy anymore. It just tastes so good.

Originally published 9/2012, updated 3/1/2021.

Overhead view of a spinach pie in a glass pie dish on a wood countertop

What is Spinach Pie?

This spinach pie is inspired by spanakopita, which is a savory Greek pie made with phyllo dough, feta, and spinach (see an authentic spanakopita recipe here). To make my spinach pie a little easier, I used a couple of short cuts: frozen spinach and frozen puff pastry dough. And then to keep the price on the lower side, I replaced the feta with cottage cheese (totally not similar cheeses, but it works here). The result is fast, easy, and still oh so delicious!

Where to Find Puff Pastry

The puff pastry dough is an important part of this recipe. You can find frozen puff pastry dough near the frozen desserts and frozen pie crusts in most major grocery stores. I used this one from Pepperidge Farm, but if you want to try making your own, check out this recipe for homemade puff pastry from my friend, Christina, at Dessert for Two. 

Store-bought puff pastry usually comes in a box of two sheets, with each sheet folded into thirds. You only need one sheet, so save the second one for the next time you want to make spinach pie! You’ll also need to fully thaw the puff pastry before you begin, so make sure to take it out of the freezer at least an hour before you make your spinach pie.

What Else Can I Add to Spinach Pie?

This is another one of those recipes that can take a lot of fun add-ins. Try tossing in some chopped sun dried tomatoes, or maybe some cooked bacon. Or how about some feta cheese or roasted red peppers? A little bit of dill would also take the flavor up a notch!

Close up side view of spinach pie in the glass pie dish

Overhead view of spinach pie in the glass pie dish on a wooden surface

Spinach Pie

Puff pastry makes this rich and delicious spinach pie a breeze to prepare. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or brunch!
Total Cost $6.48 recipe / $0.81 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 slices
Calories 264.21kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry $2.40
  • 1 lb. frozen chopped spinach $1.99
  • 1 yellow onion $0.32
  • 1 clove garlic $0.08
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.16
  • 1 cup cottage cheese $0.40
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan $0.44
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper $0.02
  • 3 large eggs, divided $0.63

Instructions

  • Make sure to take the puff pastry and spinach out ahead of time to thaw (spinach can be thawed quickly in the microwave, if needed, but do not thaw the puff pastry in the microwave). Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to a skillet and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent. Set the onions and garlic aside to cool slightly.
  • Add the cottage cheese, Parmesan, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and two of the eggs to a bowl, and stir to combine (save the third egg to brush on top of the pastry before baking).
  • Squeeze out as much water as possible from the thawed spinach. Add the squeezed spinach and sautéed onion and garlic to the bowl with the cheese mixture. Stir to combine again.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface (or dust lightly with flour) and roll the thawed puff pastry out until it's just slightly larger, about 10x10 inches.
  • Drape the rolled pastry dough out over a pie plate. Spread the spinach and cheese mixture inside the pastry dough, then take the corners and fold them in toward the center. The pastry will not fully cover the top, but that's okay (see step by step photos below).
  • Lightly whisk the remaining egg and brush it over the surface of the pastry dough. Bake the spinach pie for about 45 minutes, or until the pasty on top has puffed up significantly and turned golden brown.
  • Remove the spinach pie from the oven, let sit for about five minutes, then slice into eight pieces and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 264.21kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.71g | Protein: 10.51g | Fat: 16.94g | Sodium: 454.89mg | Fiber: 2.69g

Love Spinach? Try these other spinach-licious recipes:

One slice of spinach pie on a plate next to the pie dish

How to Make Spinach Pie – Step By Step Photos

Sauteed Onions and Garlic in a Skillet

Make sure to thaw one sheet of puff pastry and one pound of frozen chopped spinach before you begin. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Dice one yellow onion and mince one clove of garlic. Add the onion, garlic, and olive oil to a skillet and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent. Set the onion and garlic aside to cool slightly.

Cheese, eggs, and seasoning in a bowl

Add 1 cup cottage cheese, ¼ cup grated Parmesan, 2 large eggs, ⅛ tsp nutmeg, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper to a bowl. Stir to combine.

Thawed and squeezed frozen spinach

Squeeze out as much water from the thawed spinach as possible. This is really important because you don’t want your spinach pie to be soggy!

Spinach and onions added to the cheese mixture in the bowl

Add the spinach and sautéed onion and garlic to the bowl with the cheese mixture, then stir to combine again.

Mixed spinach pie filling

And now the spinach pie filling is complete! Let’s move on to the puff pastry.

Rolled puff pastry dough

You’re going to need the puff pastry to be a little larger than it is as it comes, so lay the pastry dough on a sheet of parchment paper or a lightly floured surface, then roll it out until it’s about 10×10 inches.

puff pastry over pie dish

Drape the pastry dough over a pie dish. There should be enough to drape over the sides (you’ll fold that over the top after it’s filled).

Spinach pie filling added to the pie plate

Add the spinach and cheese mixture to the pie plate and spread it out evenly.

egg being brushed onto puff pastry

Fold the corners in toward the center (it’s okay if they don’t fully cover the top. Lightly whisk the last egg, then brush it over the surface of the puff pastry.

Baked spinach pie

Bake the pie in the preheated 375ºF oven for 45 minutes, or until the pastry on top is puffed up and deeply golden brown. Let the pie sit for about five minutes before slicing into 8 pieces and serving.

One slice of spinach pie on a plate

It’s sooooo good!

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Rough Puff Pastry Recipe

Making rough puff pastry is an easier, straightforward method to making classic puff pastry, which can takes hours upon hours of chilling time. With the method I’m sharing here, you’ll be able to make homemade puff pastry in a much shorter …

Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

Making rough puff pastry is an easier, straightforward method to making classic puff pastry, which can takes hours upon hours of chilling time. With the method I’m sharing here, you’ll be able to make homemade puff pastry in a much shorter amount of time, without sacrificing the incredibly crisp, puffy layers that we all love.  Once you make this recipe, you’ll understand just how much better it is than store-bought puff pastry (which I still use in a pinch, but this is just so good!). How are the flaky layers in rough puff pastry made? A hefty amount of butter is what makes the famous layers puff up in puff pastry, a result of laminating the dough by rolling it and folding it over itself. It’s similar to techniques in biscuit making.  What can you make with puff pastry? Anything from pies to tarts, to savory rolls and appetizers! The possibilities are endless.  More Puff Pastry Recipes: Peach Puff Pastry Pie (Good Morning) Cheese Danish Slab Pie Puff Pastry Tarts with Twangy Blueberry Sauce Rough puff pastry is an easier method to making classic puff pastry, that takes less time. The end result is super flaky, puffy, and an incredible […]

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Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Twists (aka, The Easiest Appetizer for Thanksgiving!)

These smoky cheddar twists are the easiest snack to make this week! Seriously, they only have four ingredients. Four! They come together in no time at all. They taste amazing, can be served alone or in conjunction with a little cheese plate or something. The twists are light enough to be a snack before dinner […]

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These smoky cheddar twists are the easiest snack to make this week!

smoky cheddar twists

Seriously, they only have four ingredients. Four! They come together in no time at all. They taste amazing, can be served alone or in conjunction with a little cheese plate or something. The twists are light enough to be a snack before dinner without ruining your appetizer, which is obviously the best thing ever.

chili powder and cheddar on puff pastry

I’m always on the fence about serving an appetizer before Thanksgiving dinner. Many years, I don’t do it at all. Some years, I’ve done soup shooters. Others, I’ve done this pomegranate cheese ball. Last year, I did a very small cheese plate.

The Thanksgiving meal is SO heavy and indulgent that I hate serving anything ahead of time and ruining the meal! 

cheddar chipotle puff pastry sliced into strips

Last year I made this spinach artichoke twist star and it has been such a hit. It’s deceivingly easy to make and tastes amazing. And while we love that, I am always afraid it’s just TOO much at Thanksgiving. A bit too much before the meal. 

smoky cheddar twists puff pastry

So! Enter these smoky cheddar twists. 

These are so embarrassing easy! All you need is a sheet of puff pastry. You’re going to sprinkle it all over with either chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika.

The chipotle chili powder definitely has some heat. I wouldn’t say it’s spicy right off the bat, but it leaves the heat and spice lingering in your mouth. If you’re not into spicy things, I’d skip it.

The smoked paprika (make sure it’s smoked and not HOT!) will be super smoky, without the spice. It’s easily one of my favorite spices (I’m sure you’ve noticed this) and I love using it.

Both work, depending on what you’re going for.

smoky cheddar twists

The key is to use freshly grated cheddar. Press it gently into the puff pastry and it will stick a bit. Twist the puff pastry strips and then bake!

Don’t worry about any rogue cheese shreds that fall out of the twists. They will get crisp on the pan and stick to the twists and be the perfect bite of sharp, crispy cheese! Seriously, it’s one of the best parts. 

The only downside about puff pastry twists is that these are best when baked fresh. They hold up for an hour or two after baking, but there is nothing like flakey, buttery puff pastry fresh out of the oven. Divine! 

smoky cheddar twists

The good news is that you can prep these ahead of time! You can make the twists and either store them in the fridge or freezer. Remove, brush with egg wash and bake. Done! 

Exactly the easy kind of treats we need right now! 

smoky cheddar twists

Smoky Cheddar Twists

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Smoky Cheddar Twists

These smoky cheddar twists are made with only 4 ingredients! Super simple, made with puff pastry and sharp cheddar. Such a great quick snack!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed if frozen
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 large egg + 1 teaspoon water, lightly beaten for egg wash

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the puff pastry sheet on the parchment. Sprinkle all over with the chipotle chili powder (this is a bit spicy) or the smoked paprika (more smoky, less spice!). Cover with the grated cheddar cheese. Lightly press down to press the cheese to the pastry.
  • Use a pizza cutter and slice the pastry into strips (I cut it from top to bottom, with the sheet horizontal). Take each of those strips and gently twist it from the edges and the center. Twist it four or five times. Don’t worry if there is cheese on the parchment - it will become crispy and delicious!
  • Brush the pastry twists with the egg wash. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Remove and serve immediately!

smoky cheddar twists

It’s the perfect flakey bite!

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