Spinach and Proscuitto en Croute

Spinach and Proscuitto en Croute

A pastry turnover encasing a spinach, cheese, olive, and prosciutto
filling, baked until golden.

Servings: 6
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 lb frozen puff pastry, thawed
10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 lb coarsely grated swiss cheese
1/4 lb prosciutto, thinly sliced
1 cup ripe black olives, sliced
1 Tbsp cold water

  1. Mix together the oil, garlic, black pepper, and Parmesan. Cover and
    marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured board to form a rectangle
    12x20- inches. (Pinch any seams together so that you essentially
    have one large piece of dough.) Chill for 30 minutes.

  3. Squeeze the spinach of all its liquid. Spread the spinach down the
    center of the length of the dough forming a layer 4 inches wide and
    extending to within 1-inch of either end.

  4. Cover the spinach with half of the Swiss cheese. Blanket the cheese
    with even layers of prosciutto. Spoon the marinade over the ham.

  5. Sprinkle the remainder of the Swiss cheese over the prosciutto. Top
    everything with black olives.

  6. Fold the dough like a turnover, overlapping the sides. Crimp the
    ends together firmly to seal. Place seam side down on an ungreased
    baking sheet. (Up to this point may be prepared 2 to 4 hours in
    advance and refrigerated. Return to room temperature to bake.)

  7. Beat the egg and water together. Brush the pastry with the egg wash.
    This gives the loaf a golden glaze when baked.

  8. Bake in a preheated 350F degrees oven for 30 minutes. Transfer to a
    platter, cut into 1 and 1/2-inch wide slices, and serve
    immediately.