Spinach and Artichoke Dip Hand Pies

by Jess on December 21, 2013

in Appetizers, Entertaining, Recipes, Vegetarian

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I didn’t host a thing this holiday season.  Not a brunch or a cocktail hour or a single holiday gathering.  Frank and I spent all of 30 seconds the week after Thanksgiving contemplating having people over before we scrapped it and decided we would just play guest this year.

I made sure to take two of every appetizer and dessert I was offered.  I was an extra good guest that way.

Filling Spinach and Artichoke Dip Hand Pies

I made a few things for sharing, but I kept it all super simple.  Spinach and artichoke dip in puffed pastry?  This fit the simplicity bill perfectly.  These little pockets of warm, creamy, spinach and artichoke goodness…I almost think I liked them better than the classic spinach and artichoke dip.  They were easy to pick up and that crisp, flaky exterior was so much more fun (and dare I say festive?) than plain old crackers or chips.

Pastry Rounds

I made these in two different sizes.  While the small ones were more fun, the seams on the larger ones held together a bit better during baking.  Pretty much any size will work, but I preferred the pastry rounds that were cut with a drinking glass that was about 3.5 inches in diameter.

These are not fussy, so there wasn’t much precision here.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Hand Pies

To make the filling, I started in the general vicinity of the recipe for Alton Brown’s Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip, but followed it pretty loosely.  Once you add cream cheese to anything, it seems like it’s hard to go wrong, but where I ended up was heavy on the spinach and artichoke and somewhat more substantial than most dips since it would need to hold up inside the pastry.

These freeze well, so they are the perfect appetizer to make and freeze this weekend for a get-together later in the week.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Hand Pies

Whether you played host or guest this year, I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Hand Pies
 
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Crispy pockets of pastry filled with classic spinach and artichoke dip.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: about 20 pieces, depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup thawed and well-drained, finely chopped frozen spinach
  • 11/2 cups thawed, finely chopped frozen artichoke hearts
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 14-ounce package all-butter puff pastry, thawed in the refrigerator
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. (Only if you will be baking these right away.) Lightly grease a cookie sheet or cover with parchment paper.
  2. Add the spinach to a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat. Heat, stirring frequently, until most of the moisture has been cooked off. Add the chopped artichoke hearts and cook, stirring frequently, just until the artichoke hearts are heated through, about 3 minutes more. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Stir until evenly combined.
  3. Roll puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface until it measures about 15×20 inches. Using a round biscuit cutter or the top of a drinking glass, cut the pastry into even circles. (Alternatively, you can use a pizza cutter to slice the pastry into even squares or rectangles. Any shape will work.) Place a large spoonful of the spinach and artichoke mixture in the center of each piece of dough. With each piece of pastry, fold one side over so that the ends meet and crimp the edges to seal the filling inside. Place the hand pies on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 3 inches of space between them. Using a sharp knife, cut three slits in the top of each hand pie and lightly brush the top with egg white.
  4. Bake until the tops of the pies are golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Serve immediately.
Notes
These can be refrigerated for a day or frozen for weeks before baking. If frozen, let them thaw at room temperature first. Filling adapted from Alton Brown’s Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip.

 

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz December 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Thank you Jess and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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2 Debra December 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

What a great hand-held appetizer. Great idea, Jess. Enjoy your guest appearances this year (instead of hosting). :) Have a wonderful holiday!
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3 Jess December 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thank you, Debra! Happy holidays to you too!

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4 Michael Pandzik December 22, 2013 at 12:47 am

Jess:

Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I’ve made several things (one of the salmon dishes, and platoons worth of the baked crab rangoon…) and they’re always simply wonderful and idiot-proof! (I need that last part.) I plan to make the Spinach and Artichoke Hand Dip Pies next week for a Christmas snack.

I’ve had lunch with your dad twice in the past week — he’s doing fine and he’s very proud of you. He showed Rob Marshall and me the photo of your twins as any proud grandpa would! Warmest regards,

Michael Pandzik
Shawnee KS USA

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5 Jess December 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That’s so nice to hear, Mike – hope you’re doing well! (We eat those crab rangoon like they’re going out of style every time I make them. ;) )

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6 Katie (The Muffin Myth) December 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

These look great! I love little puff pastry appys that can be frozen then baked off when needed. I imagine that while you’re busy growing *2* humans you don’t have so much energy for entertaining, so I think your strategy of being a great guest and eating two of everything is just perfect.
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7 Erin @ The Emerging Foodie December 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

Brilliant. These look so delicious! Definitely want to try these out!
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8 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I totally wouldn’t mind being a guest, instead of hosting. Going to the market around this time of the year is stressful and can get nasty with all the people doing the same. Love the simplicity of these hand pies Jess. Delicious and pinned. Have a wonderful holiday my friend! :)
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9 Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion December 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm

soo cute, I love hand pies, it mean you can eat twice as many right?
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10 Ashley January 1, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I love hand pies – so much easier to eat and move around with than dip! Plus, with puff pasty – I mean you can’t go wrong : ) I hope you had a wonderful holiday season friend!
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11 Monica January 2, 2014 at 7:27 am

Oh boy, I wish I’d seen this earlier. What a great appetizer!
A very Happy New Year to you and your family!
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12 Chris @ Shared Appetite January 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Wow these look so good! I love spinach artichoke dip, but never thought of encasing it in puffed pastry! Genius! Such a great little appetizer idea :)

I found your blog through Erin @ Emerging Foodie and am loving taking a look around. I love your story and how you made your way to Thailand! Adding your blog to my list to follow :)
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