5-Ingredient mini-Puff Pastry Christmas Tree w/ Chicken & Spinach Dip
This was inspired by a video on the Domestic Geek's YouTube channel where she makes a Christmas tree with pizza dough and spinach dip. It looked tasty, fun to make and fun to eat! I used puff pastry because there were some other puff pastry videos I wanted to try (Stay tuned!). In another video on her channel, she also makes a Christmas tree out of puff pastry. The part that looked fun was shaping the dough into a Christmas tree.
It is really fun, fast and easy to do. The active work takes 5-7 min. Then you just put it in the oven. It looks so fancy too!
Typically when people make Christmas trees or anything with puff pastry, they use all the dough and make enough for a big party. I made a mini-version for myself and only used ~1/4 1/3 of 1 puff pastry sheet (2 sheets come in a pack). In general (not just for puff pastry), I don't think we should limit ourselves to cooking things in fun ways and in fun shapes just for parties or potlucks. It's fun to do it everyday -- no matter what the occasion. :) I also only used part of 1 puff pastry sheet because as I mentioned above there were some other puff pastry videos I wanted to try.
Also if you make mini-versions for yourself, then if you are have a party or go to a potluck, then you have a recipe that you know how to make and it is ready to go. So you could easily turn this mini-puff pastry Christmas tree back to a full-sized Christmas tree and use 2 whole puff pastry sheets.
This mini-puff pastry Christmas tree is not that bad for you either. It maybe has ~250-275 calories. It depends on how big you make it.
I used my own recipe for the spinach dip part (see link; spinach-artichoke dip minus the artichoke). I added rotisserie chicken for more protein; you could leave it out. I also added 1/2 string cheese (mozzarella) for a little more cheesiness.
- 1/4 to 1/3 of 1 puff pastry sheet (thawed to room temp)
- Rotisserie chicken (hand-shredded)
- 1/3 cup of microwaved frozen spinach
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of sour cream
- 1/2 string cheese, hand-shredded (0.5 oz. of mozzarella)
- Cooking spray
- Egg (for egg wash)
(It will taste fine w/o egg wash if you don't have eggs, but it looks better and tastes a little better if you use an egg wash.)
Equipment: Baking pan, Oven, Bowl, Microwave, Butterknife
1.) Preheat oven to 430 degrees (or whatever is on the package)
2.) Add shredded rotisserie chicken and frozen spinach to a bowl and microwave for 60-90 seconds.
3.) After microwaving it, pat dry the spinach with paper towels -- to get out extra moisture.
-- I recommend you pat the spinach dry, so that the puff pastry doesn't get soggy.
4.) Add sour cream to the bowl and mix it all together.
5.) Cut 2 isosceles triangles (geeky word; Christmas tree shapes) that are the same size from the puff pastry sheet -- as in the photo.
-- You can use the rest of the puff pastry to make another Christmas tree, other things or put it in the fridge to use later.
6.) Spray your baking pan with cooking spray.
7.) Put 1 triangle on the pan.
8.) Put the chicken spinach mixture on the puff pastry.
-- You may have more chicken spinach mixture than you need. You don't want to overfill it. Just eat the rest; that's what I did. Haha. :) Or make another one.
9.) Put the string cheese on top of the chicken spinach mixture.
10.) Place the other triangle on top.
The fun part(!) shaping the Christmas tree --
11.) Cut slits on the outer edges of the 2 long sides of the triangle -- they should be diagonal, ~1 cm apart and ~1 cm long (Look at the picture).
** The size of your cuts depends on the size of your tree. If it is bigger, then they should be farther apart and longer slices. They should just be pretty evenly spaced and all about the same length.
12.) On the side of the triangle which is shorter, make 2 slices that are equidistant from the center (for the tree stem/stump).
-- See the bottom of the triangle in the middle in the photo on the left.
13.) Twist all the side pieces you made.
-- This will reveal the tree stem/stump at the bottom.
14.) Brush on egg wash.
15.) Put it in the oven for ~18 min. for this size Christmas tree (or until golden brown).
-- It will be need to be in the oven longer if you make a bigger tree.
Give it a try! We are good at this! There are a few pictures below and the last one shows the cheesiness. :)