Monday, March 22, 2010

Spinach and Cream Cheese Tart

One of the small joys in life is when you discover lost treasures during Spring cleaning. But with only a small dorm room to dust, to me, that joy comes with cleaning out my mini-fridge. Here's an update on a little something that i literally "dug" out the other day: a spinach and cream cheese tart! The leftover puff pastry made for the September Daring Bakers' challenge has been sitting in the freezer for a while now, and after much contemplation on what to do with the last 2 remaining slices, I decided that a colorful veggie tart seemed like the best way to kick-start the Spring that is finally here. The other ingredients, such as frozen spinach, cream cheese and bacon bits were also conveniently found in my fridge so i threw everything together and out came a delicious puff pastry tart. I was very impressed as this was probably the first time i've baked something without needing a trip to the grocery store, lol-- yay for frozen foods! So whether its your entire kitchen or your fridge, I hope this Doraemon's pocket-like experience of mine can remind you to do some Spring cleaning of your own :) and let me know what you whipped up!

Spinach and Cream Cheese Tart
  • Puff pastry sheets
  • 1/2 cup thawed and drained frozen spinach (whole leaf)
  • 3/4 cups cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits, cooked (optional)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 - 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. Squeeze out the excess water from the thawed spinach (or cooked if using fresh spinach) [picture 1].
  2. In a big bowl, mix spinach, cream cheese, bacon, and mozzarella cheese until smooth. Season with salt and pepper [picture 2, 3].
  3. Roll out the puff pastry into any shape you'd like. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top, leaving a 2 centimeter border all around. Top with sliced tomatoes [picture 4].
  4. Brush the border with the egg yolk and bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celcius for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown.
Spinach and Cream Cheese Tart


  1. You read im my mind ;). I`m going to make very similar tomorrow, but with chicken. Looks yummy :)

  2. I agree! Finding a good ingredient is like finding treasure! I've just frozen a pie crust so hopefully it'll be my treasure someday! :) How are the exams coming along? Bet you're right on track!

    I was craving cheese the past few days, I feel like biting into my screen now.

  3. This sounds like a great find to me! I always wondered how people made the border around tarts and now I know.

  4. I discover lost treasure in my fridge almost every day (it's really crowded in there), but my freezer could use a little inventory. This looks wonderful, I love this kind of savoury tart! Puff pastry well spent!

  5. every time i see a yummy recipe like this, i wonder why i don't keep puff pastry in the freezer at all times!

  6. this is such a good idea!I have frozen puffs, cream cheese and frozen blueberries. im making the sweet one!

  7. You know when I came to Europe I thought it was quite gross to put spinach on pastry (we call it quiche) but recently I tried it and it is absolutely delicious!! So it is great that you have a recipe for it! Thanks!! :)

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