• 1 (8 ounce) tube of crescent roll dough (I use the dough sheets)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (6 ounce) package of spinach, thawed and drained well (use paper towels to remove moisture)
  • 2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water chestnuts, diced

An appetizer that is both flavorful and fun to look at

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

It’s hard to believe but Tales of the Dinner Belle celebrates 8 years this week. So, let’s party!  I’ll bring the appetizers. I love these little, bite sized treats. Usually they are for special occasions or before a nice dinner, but my spinach and cream cheese puffs are so easy to put together, why not enjoy them more often?  These little pinwheels are not just delicious they are also appetizing to look at. The spiral of colors and flavors all mix with the light and fluffy pastry. The water chestnuts give the tangy cream cheese and savory red peppers an added crunch. Using crescent roll dough sheets makes this recipe so simple to make, but they look like you spent hours putting them together. A good reason to enjoy these tasty little treats any time.

Belle’s Spinach and Cream Cheese Puffs

1 (8 ounce) tube of crescent roll dough (I use the dough sheets)

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 (6 ounce) package of spinach, thawed and drained well (use paper towels to remove moisture)

2 tablespoons roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

2 tablespoons water chestnuts, diced

On a cutting board, unroll the crescent roll dough.  Pinch the seams together to form a rectangular sheet (or use the dough sheets). In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, spinach, red peppers, and chestnuts. Spoon the mixture evenly over the dough. Starting and the long edge roll like you would a jelly roll. Chill for about 30 minutes, then slice into 16 pieces. Place them about two inches apart, on a parchment lined baking sheet, cut side up. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.