9 November 2014

Spinach hedgehogs and hoglets

I think that November has progressed far enough to publish the first possible Christmas recipe! I got the idea for these puff pastry and spinach canapés in a recipe by Valio, but I added my own hog twist to it, and also changed the filling recipe slightly. These small snacks are a lovely item for example for your autumn and Christmas celebrations. Here is my version of the easy recipe. 


150 g spinach
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil
Ground nutmeg
Ground black pepper
Sea salt
50 g emmental
40 g pine nuts
2 eggs
500 g puff pastry


Chop the garlic finely and cook it soft in the olive oil. Add the spinach to the pan and wilt them.

Season the mix with nutmeg, black pepper and salt to taste.

Purée the spinach with the grated cheese and toasted pine nuts. Add one egg to the mix.

Cut hedgehog shapes from puff pastry with a cookie cutter. Obviously any other shapes can also be made.

Brush them with beaten egg and place some of the spinach mix on the top.

Bake at 200C for about 15 minutes.


With this post I will also take part for the first time in Shaheen's Eat Your Greens Challenge from the A2K - A seasonal veg table blog - very exciting! I'm so happy that she pointed out that possibility to me.

Your VegHog


  1. Really sweet. I like these. On one of the days, I sat and went through all your blog from the beginning and have already seen your hedgehog pasta, but these are lovely and both big and little kids would love them. I need to find my hedgehog cookie cutter, I have one somewhere.

    1. Oh I also wanted to add, please please share this with my #EatYourGreens challenge. http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/p/eat-your-greens-ch.html
      I know some of my readers will not have discovered your lovely blog and this will be a wonderful introduction to The Veg Hog. I know I for one have been delighted to have found your blog, down to earth and homely.

    2. Thanks. I will definitely edit the post and link it to your Eat Your Greens challenge. I have seen a couple of posts to that before, but not looked into it how to participate. Also, my food is not always so green, I've noticed. :)

  2. just saw this on eat your greens and really love your little spinach creatures - so cute and so wonderfully green

    1. Thank you Johanna! I try to put my hedgehog cookie cutters to good use. :)


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