I've been concentrating on finishing a craft project so I haven't had much time or energy to research new recipes to try.
So last night, I opened my fridge and freezer to see what ingredients I had on hand - here's what I came up with...
Frozen spinach leaves + sweet Italian sausages (I froze half of the package from my Thanksgiving stuffing) + frozen puff pastry dough (thank you Trader Joe's!) + Ricotta + Parmesan cheese + fresh thyme and parsley = Sausage & Spinach Tarts
I sautéed the sausages (remove from casings) in olive oil, garlic and shallots. Seasoned with salt, pepper, herbs and hot pepper flakes. (Set aside)
Leaving the oil in the pan, I then sautéed the thawed spinach (first squeezing out as much liquid from the leaves), seasoned with salt, pepper and a dab of butter.
I decided to cut up the pastry puff into smallish rectangles.
Preheat oven to 400F degrees, brush dough with egg wash and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown. The pastry will not be completely done at this point. I didn't want the pastry to get soggy, that's why I pre-baked the dough before adding the toppings. I then layered on spinach, sausage, ricotta cheese then grated some parmesan cheese to top it off. Bake this for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble.
Easy and tasty. This was a definite crowd (be it 2) pleaser!