This is a great starter with your Company arriving. They will be so appreciative that you took the time to pamper them. It has been awhile we know.
- 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. grated Asiago cheese
- 2 tbsp. grated Romano cheese
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. hot sauce (your favourite)
- pinch each of salt and white pepper
- 1/2 cup of roughly chopped artichoke hearts (canned variety)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped spinach
- 1 pkg. puff pastry, thawed
- 4 tbsp. Painter’s guacamole (my site)
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 tbsp. water, plus extra for wash
- 1 egg
In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, cheeses, salt and pepper, garlic, and basil until really well combined. Now add the artichoke and spinach, mixing to incorporate.
Roll out 1 sheet of pastry to about a 13 inch circle. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the guacamole in the centre of the circle leaving a 1 inch border around the edge.
Spread carefully the spinach mixture out on top of the guacamole and spread the shredded cheese evenly over the surface.
With a pastry brush dipped in water, run it around the edge.
Roll out the other pastry into the same size circle and set over the spinach layer so the edges match. Press the pastry all over to from the center out, and press together to seal. Using a fork, poke holes all over to allow the steam to escape. Now invert a 12 1/2 inch plate on top and trim off any pastry that hangs from the edges. You can use the excess pastry to make any type of decoration. Refrigerate the pastry and decorations for about half an hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Now comes the fun part. Lightly press a small bowl to cover the center of the circle. and with a pastry/pizza wheel, cut into quarters from the bowl edge to the pastry edge. Now cut each quarter, into 6 equal strips, twisting each one 2-3 times. Remove little bowl.
Whisk together water and egg to make a wash and with a pastry brush, brush the entire surface and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until a lovely golden brown. Add the baked decorations, scattering over the surface.
Cool down for about 5-6 minutes and serve your guests with a beverage of their choice (or being offered), a small plate and napkin. Enjoy the day!