I made a bad decision the other day, guys. I got sucked into a House Hunters marathon on HGTV. And for some reason, House Hunters always makes me…vaguely angry. Angry at how cheap homes are in large Southern cities, sure, but mostly angry at how picky and critical all these first-time home buyers are about all these perfectly lovely homes.
[And yes, I realize that I’m complaining and being negative about…other people complaining and being negative…but let’s just glide past that, shall we?]
Anyone else have this reaction? Apparently someone did, as there’s now a House Hunters drinking game. You drink when you hear things like “open floor plan” or “granite countertops” or “So, honey, where should we put YOUR clothes?” I actually think I might like the show a little more if I got to take a drink every time someone complained about the master bathroom not having two sinks.
Another thing on the list? People mentioning how much they like to “entertain.” Well, I’ve got some advice for those entertainers — this super easy, puff pastry appetizer. Very entertaining.
SPINACH GRUYERE PINWHEELS (slightly adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures)
1 10-oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
dash garlic powder
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (optional)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed (you’ll use one sheet from a two-sheet package)
1. Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Using hands or paper towels, squeeze out as much excess moisture as you can from thawed spinach. Combine spinach, both cheeses, salt and pepper, garlic powder, and dill in medium bowl. In small bowl, beat egg and water together.
3. Place sheet of puff pastry on lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a square about 12 inches by 12 inches, lifting and turning to make sure it doesn’t stick. Brush thin layer of egg wash over surface of the puff pastry, then spread spinach/cheese mixture in even layer over puff pastry.
4. Roll puff pastry like a jelly roll and pinch to seal at the seam. Using bread knife, gently cut roll into about 20 1/2-inch slices and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of each round lightly with egg wash.
5. Bake pinwheels about 15 minutes, or until puffy and golden brown
Easy, simple, vegetarian appetizer. We loved these the last time we were entertaining!