Spinach Puffs

Buttery Spinach Puffs are cheesy and savory with pops of bacon. As you can imagine, they are a hit at parties!

If we’re having a party, you can count on these Spinach Puffs being served as an appetizer. We usually serve them with our other favorites including Bacon Wrapped Smokies, Cucumber Sandwiches, and some kind of Dip!

Close up of spinach puffs served on a cutting board.

a quick + easy appetizer

I have so many favorite appetizer recipes, it’s sometimes hard to choose which ones I’m going to make for parties or family gatherings.

My family gets together on New Year’s Eve for games and LOTS of appetizers. Well, this Spinach Puff Pastry appetizer is one that is almost always part of the appetizer spread!

Spinach Puffs are everything you want from an appetizer. Cheesy, savory, crispy on the outside, and creamy on the inside…basically they’re the best.

You might have to double this Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry recipe to make sure there are enough for all your party guests! Trust me, this tasty snack will disappear quickly!

Filling with egg in a mixing bowl for making spinach puffs.

how to make spinach puffs

PREP. Spray 9 cups in a muffin pan with cooking spray.

CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE. In a small bowl, microwave the cream cheese 10 seconds at a time until it’s soft and melted but not steaming. Add egg, oil, and dill into cream cheese and stir until well combined.

COMBINE. In a separate bowl combine spinach, feta, and bacon. Pour your cream cheese mixture on top of the spinach mixture and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to mix and combine it together.

PASTRY. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 9 squares. Line the muffin pan with your cut squares (you might need to stretch them out a little). Press into the bottom of the muffin cups.

Evenly divide the spinach among the cups. Bring your 4 pastry points together, covering the filling, and press them together. Lightly brush with the melted butter.

BAKE. Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then use a knife around the edges to loosen and help pop them out.

Puff pasty filled with spinach and filling for spinach puffs.

Recipe Tips

Frozen spinach. Squeeze out any excess liquid to prevent soggy puffs.

Mini muffins. To make bite-size Spinach Feta Puff Pastry, adjust the size of the cut pastry dough by cutting 18 puff pastry squares instead of 9. The remaining directions are the same. Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes.

Variations. I love these Spinach Puffs as they are, but here are some customizing ideas:

  • Switch the bacon with diced ham.
  • Add diced mushrooms, green onions, or bell peppers.
  • Season to taste with garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, or red chili flakes for a bit of a kick.
  • Brighten the flavor with a bit of lemon zest.
  • Change the feta cheese with ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, or mozzarella cheese.
  • Replace the puff pastry with phyllo tart cups. Fill the cups with the spinach filling. Bake at 400°F, but for only 8-12 minutes.
Brushing the top of puff pastry in muffin tin for baking spinach puffs.

Storing info

Make ahead of time. There are several ways to make the Spinach Puff Recipe ahead of time, giving you plenty of time to prepare everything else right beforehand.

Make these up to 3 hours in advance. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. Bake uncovered at 400°F for 20 minutes. 

STORE Spinach Puffs in the fridge or freezer:

  • Filling only: Store the filling in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days or in the freezer for 1-2 months. Thaw, if applicable, assemble, and bake according to directions.
  • Freeze uncooked: Assemble as directed except place them in the freezer instead of the oven. Freeze for 2-3 hours, remove from the muffin tin, and store in an airtight freezer container. Freeze for 1-2 months. To bake, place in a muffin tin and bake at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Freeze baked: Once the puffs have baked allow them to cool. Place puffs in an airtight freezer-safe container separating layers with parchment paper. Freeze for 1-2 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.
Spinach puffs recipe served on a wooden block.

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Spinach Puffs Recipe

4.94 from 79 votes
Buttery Spinach Puffs are cheesy and savory with pops of bacon. As you can imagine, they are a hit at parties!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 puffs
Calories 265 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 cups fresh spinach chopped and packed
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 2 teaspoon bacon bits
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Spray 9 cups in a muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • Microwave your cream cheese 10 seconds at a time until it's soft and melted but not steaming. Add egg, oil, and dill into cream cheese and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl combine spinach, feta, and bacon. Pour your cream cheese mixture on top and season with salt and pepper. Use a fork to mix and combine it together.
  • Cut the pastry sheet into 9 squares. Line the muffin pan with your cut squares (you might need to stretch them out a little). Press into the bottom of the muffin cups. Evenly divide the spinach among the cups. Bring your 4 pastry points together, covering the filling, and press them together. Lightly brush with the melted butter.
  • Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes until golden and puffy. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then use a knife around the edges to loosen and help pop them out.

Video

Recipe adapted from HERE.

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  1. 4 stars
    Someone on here was looking for the temp. To bake this with. As I was too. Finally found it all the way down towards the end. Bake 400 degrees

      1. 5 stars
        Delicious! My family loved them. Tonight, I am making a variation with broccoli and cheddar. I steamed the broccoli a bit before chopping it and adding to the cream cheese mixture. We’ll see how that turns out!

  2. Delicious! My husband whom hates veggies stated several times while eating this that it was really good. I gave it to him as the “veggie” part of the meal. I left out any kind of meat.

  3. je n’ai pas encore fait mais je voulais savoir si le bacon devait être cuit au préalable ou non. Merci.

    1. le bacon doit être cuit. en Amérique, les “morceaux de bacon” sont généralement vendus dans l’allée des assaisonnements de l’épicerie, et ils sont cuits/fumés mais certainement pas crus.

  4. 4 stars
    I chopped bacon and cooked it to use bigger chunks. I made some with rolled out pastry dough very thin and some with thicker. I liked the thinner ones better as the filling is really delicious. I also added some minced garlic and Hungarian paprika to the mixture.

  5. Are these good served at room temperature? I need an appetizer that I can take to a party, so I won’t be able to serve right out of the oven.

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