Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Years Food: Spinach Cheese Pastries; Tropical Martini, Melon Ginger Sour

Happy New Year!!

Thanks to both my father and my boyfriend for all the help in preparing the food for the party... it was absolutely wonderful and I couldn't have done it without you guys. :)

I was in such a hurry to make the party food that I don't have any photographs, but the spinach cheese pastries went over quite well!! :)

A Few Steps To Yummy:

Thaw 2 sheets puff pastry.

Crack one egg and mix with a tablespoon of water. Set aside.

Rinse, drain, and chop 5oz fresh spinach.

Finely dice a medium onion.

Crumble one block of feta cheese thoroughly.

Mix spinach, onion, and feta together with two eggs. Stir mixture thoroughly.

On a floured board, cut puff pastry into pieces. Fill each piece with mixture, fold the edges of the pastry together, and crimp.

Brush pastries with egg and water mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees on a cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray until golden brown.


Next time I have a mind to add garlic to the mixture--not much, just a little. I think this is the sort of dish it would be very easy to overpower with seasonings.
I like to be a bartender. :) The drink I made this year (in addition to pink and regular champagne at midnight) was a tropical martini. My friend Carly and I, looking for something different to drink, also made a lovely melon ginger sour.

Spinach Cheese Pastries

5oz fresh spinach, rinsed, drained, and chopped
1 block feta cheese, throughly crumbled
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 sheets puff pastry
Additionally, one egg mixed with water for brushing on the pastries.
Throughly mix the spinach with the eggs, onion and cheese.

Cut the pastry into large pieces. Place filling in the pastry, fold over, and crimp with a fork.

Brush tops of pastry with egg and water mixture.

Bake at 400 degrees on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray until thoroughly golden brown.


Tropical Martini

Serve in Martini or Margarita glass shaken or on the rocks

1 1/2 oz coconut rum
1/2 oz vodka (optional)
1/2 oz melon liqueur 
1 oz pineapple juice
Fill with Sprite


Melon Ginger Sour, by Carly and Rina

Serve in Old Fashioned glass over ice

Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 oz whiskey
Sugar or simple syrup to taste
1/2 oz melon liqueur
Splash sweetened lime juice
Shake together
Fill with ginger ale.

1 comment:

  1. You are welcome, always glad to help and learn, not to mention doing dishes! Lol