Bake-Off® Contest 44, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game-Day Spinach Pull-Apart

Little spinach and cheese filled pastry balls are baked together and inverted on a plate for a foolproof appetizer idea perfect for any party.

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 8
 

Ingredients

3
tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2
teaspoons garlic salt
1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain and finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon basil leaves, if desired
1/4
teaspoon black pepper
2
cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated garlic butter crescent dinner rolls (16 rolls)
1
cup marinara sauce, heated, if desired

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. In small bowl, mix butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic salt; set aside.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach, basil, pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic salt until blended; set aside.
  • 3 Unroll crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle in half lengthwise to make total of 32 small triangles. Stretch or press 1 triangle slightly, being careful not to tear it. Spoon 1 tablespoon spinach mixture onto center of triangle; pull dough around mixture into a ball. Press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining triangles.
  • 4 Roll each ball in butter mixture; layer in pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Cool 10 minutes longer. Serve warm with marinara sauce.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. In small bowl, mix butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the garlic salt; set aside.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach, basil, pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic salt until blended; set aside.
  • 3 Unroll crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle in half lengthwise to make total of 32 small triangles. Stretch or press 1 triangle slightly, being careful not to tear it. Spoon 1 tablespoon spinach mixture onto center of triangle; pull dough around mixture into a ball. Press edges to seal. Repeat with remaining triangles.
  • 4 Roll each ball in butter mixture; layer in pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Cool 10 minutes longer. Serve warm with marinara sauce.
Little spinach- and cheese-filled pastry balls bake into a foolproof pull-apart appetizer in a popular Bake-Off® recipe.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
150),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
2g
2%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
480mg
480%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
5g
5%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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