22 December 2016

Festive Food: Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls

I love this time of year. Have you guessed I really like Christmas yet? One of my favourite things about this time of year is the food. It's not a time to be worrying about how much you eat, as long as you don't overdo it - a little bit of everyone does you good, right?


I love trying out new ideas and was inspired by an image of a Chelsea Bun Christmas Tree for this recipe. However, it's not Chelsea Buns but Pizza Swirls, made out of ready rolled puff pastry, that are creating my foodie Christmas Tree this year.

Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


So what's a Pizza Swirl? I saw a recipe on Pizza Swirls on the Feeding Boys blog and have been making them for my boy's packed lunches at school, however, I fancied a more grown up version for my tree.

Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


I know it's not to everyone's taste but I adore blue cheese. The combination of blue cheese with red onion, mushroom and fresh spinach to me was going to be a winner. Fairly classic, I can easily see it actually topping a pizza, but with a Pizza Swirl it runs through the middle - a bit like a swiss roll.



Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls

  • Makes: Two trees of 16 individual pieces
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pack ready rolled puff pastry
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 100g blue cheese crumbled
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced thinly, dry fried to take out any moisture
  • A handful of fresh spinach

Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Grease and line two baking trays or use a re-usable baking sheet.
2. Unroll the sheet of puff pastry and spread evenly with a layer of the sliced red onion. 
3. Then crumble the blue cheese over the onion, before topping with the chopped mushrooms and spinach.
4. Tightly roll the pastry back up, like a swiss roll, being careful that the filling does not fall out. Cut into 16 equal slices.


Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


5. Place the slices on the baking sheet. For our usual pizza swirls, you want to keep them, apart however for the Christmas Tree you need to place them in the shape of a tree, close together so there are no gaps in between.
6. Then bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Allow to cool then serve or store in an airtight tub.


Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


Festive Food -  How to make Christmas Tree Pizza Swirls


It really is that easy and the filling was so tasty. My next combination to try is going to be brie or camembert with cranberry and then maybe a sweet filling of coffee and walnuts.

If you are having a family gathering or celebrating with friends this festive season why not try a making a Pizza Swirl Christmas Tree?

Deb x

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