Prep 25 mins
Cook 4 hrs
Spinach, cream cheese, walnuts and pears are rolled up and sliced for this delicious, make-ahead appetizer. I love this as a lunch time sandwich too since it holds well in a lunch sack. This recipe calls for lahvosh which can be hard to find; just substitute a good quality flour tortilla instead and ignore the instructions for preparing the dried lahvosh.
- 1 (15 inch) soft cracker bread (lahvosh)
- 6 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 1 medium pear
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄3 cup green onion, minced
- 1⁄3 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
- 1 (8 ounce) container cream cheese with chives
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- Run cold water and hold the cracker bread under it until thoroughly wet.
- Place the bread between wet, clean kitchen towels and let stand about 45 minutes or until soft enough to fold without breaking.
- Finely chop the 6 cups of spinach leaves and set aside.
- Peel, core and finely chop the pear.
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and add spinach, pear and green onions.
- Cook and stir until spinach is wilted and pear is tender. Stir in nuts, then remove from skillet and let cool.
- In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, salt and pepper.
- Spread the cheese onto the cracker bread or flour tortilla.
- Carefully spread spinach mixture onto cream cheese.
- Roll up the lahvosh or tortilla into a tight spiral, then wrap in plastic wrap.
- Chill for 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
- To serve, cut the roll into 1/2 inch thick slices, or just cut in half for two lunch sandwiches.
Delicious! I used flatbread bought in the deli section of my grocery store, and this made 5 rolls using that. My picky picky DD gobbled these up once I explained it to her interms she would not turn her nose up immediately: nuts, pears (pears are like apples, you like apples), leaves (not spinach, leaves, like lettuce, you like lettuce), and cheese (don't mention the chives). This proves that the only real difference that needs to be between an adult lunch and child's lunch is marketing. :) Thank you for helping me get some spinach into my daughter. :)