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Spinach Turnovers

The flaky cream cheese pastry adds sensational texture to these hot appetizers—and just wait until you taste the wonderful filling. I usually fix a double batch and freeze some to have on hand in case unexpected guests drop by. — Jean von Bereghy, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Salsa, optional


  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture (dough will be stiff). Turn onto a floured surface; gently knead 10 times. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon; reserve 1 tablespoon drippings. Saute onion and garlic in drippings until tender. Remove from heat; stir in bacon, spinach, cottage cheese and seasonings. Cool.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into 3-in. circles; brush edges with egg. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of filling on each circle. Fold over; seal edges. Prick tops with a fork. Brush with egg.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with salsa if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 turnover: 103 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • shawnba
    May 8, 2019

    I made these over the weekend for a pot luck at church. They were wonderful and received many compliments, along with requests for the recipe. I will definitely make these again. VFE

  • hpandpn
    Nov 21, 2013

    I have made these since i was a teen and the recipe was first published. Every time I make them, they get devoured and everyone loves them! Perfect for an easy but impressive appetizer :)

  • DrDoom77
    Dec 31, 2012

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  • danzrule
    Jan 15, 2011

    I havent made these yet, but am planning to soon. I was wondering if I should freeze half after they are baked or when there made but before baking ? They do look delightful. Karla , Ohio

  • Sweethomemountainmama
    Jul 17, 2008

    These were easy and delicious! My friends loved them!