This recipe is an entrée, a snack and a main meal (well, it has become one now that I’m unwell). It can be eaten right away, stored in the fridge or frozen and eaten at anytime you feel like reheating it (directions on this below).
- 500g spinach (chopped) (I use frozen spinach)
- 200g feta (chopped)
- 1-2 eggs (second egg is optional)
- 2 sheets of puff pastry
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- tomato sauce *optional
Step 1: Preheat oven to 210°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Take two sheets of puff pastry out of the freezer to defrost (I lie them on the counter next to each other – the heat of the room will do all the defrosting work).
Step 2: In a medium bowl mix together the feta, spinach, lemon, salt and pepper. Note* you can add an egg in here as well if you want extra protein – I normally don’t unless I haven’t been getting enough protein lately.
Step 3: Cut each sheet of puff pastry into four sections (or any other pattern that you would like). With a spoon (or any other implement) spread out the spinach and feta mixture diagonally along one of the new square section’s of pastry.
Step 4: Fold the pastry with the mixture inside corner to corner tightly. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry squares. This should make 8.
Step 5: Arrange the filled turnovers onto the baking trays.
Step 6: Whisk an egg in a small bowl. Lightly brush all filled turnovers with the whisked egg. This will allow them to bronze nicely.
Step 7: Place the filled turnovers into the oven for 18 – 25 minutes or until nicely golden. If you place the turnovers close together it will affect the sides of the turnovers from bronzing so I would recommend checking on them and moving them around to maximise the turnovers cooking evenly. The turnovers on the edge of the baking tray will cook the fastest.
Step 8: Take out of oven. Allow to slightly cool and eat.
The turnovers are quite healthy, as they have a good amount of iron through the spinach and salt in them through the feta and the added salt. I recommend eating them with tomato sauce for an added boost of flavour and salt – just made sure you don’t buy a sauce that is low in sodium!
These spinach and feta turnovers have always been a big winner at family and friend functions. They are so easy to make at home and then reheat when you turn up at the function (definitely in the oven). As they are finger food size they do work well for functions but at the moment I have just been using them for easy at home meals.
These turnovers are easy to freeze and reheat in either the microwave or the oven. My preference is to reheat them in the oven to maintain the crunch of the pastry – but I always defrost the turnovers in the microwave first. They still taste great when microwaved – just not as crunchy.