Roasted Broccoli & Spinach Pastry

delicious looking vegan pastry with broccoli and spinach filling

Did you ever imagine puff pastry could be part of a (fairly) nutritious meal? Or that it would be pretty easy to throw together?! Behold, the roasted broccoli pastry. Thank you, Simon. 🙏

Preparation time Prep: 15 mins
bake 30 mins
Skill level Totally Doable

You will need:

  • 1 broccoli, halved lengthwise, and blanched for 3 minutes
  • 2 sheets packet puff pastry
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
For the harissa sauce:
  • 2 red capsicums, roughly chopped
  • 1 red chilli
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 20 almonds, blanched
  • 2 tablespoons chilli jam
  • Salt and pepper
  • 30ml grapeseed oil (for frying)
For the spinach:
  • 10ml grapeseed oil
  • 1 bunch English spinach
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 100ml water
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • Salt and pepper
Recipe: Simon Toohey


  • 1Preheat the oven to 180°C fan-forced.
  • 2Wash the spinach under cold water and place in a hot pan with grapseed oil, then the lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Stir, and cover with a lid for a few seconds to wilt. Remove from the heat and set aside. Chop it up a bit into smaller pieces.
  • 3For the harissa sauce, place everything into a blender (except for the oil) and blend until smooth. Place sauce in a pan with a little oil and cook down until thick. Let cool.
  • 4Take the puff pastry and place the chilli sauce in the middle, spreading it around but leaving about 5cm of un-sauced border around the edges of the pastry. Top the sauce with wilted spinach. Place your halved (and pre-blanched) broccoli in the middle of the spinach and then fold the edges of the pastry inward toward the broccoli to make a frame. Paint the pastry and broccoli with a little melted margarine and sprinkle with salt. Then sprinkle black sesame seeds around the edges of the pastry.
  • 5Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the broccoli nicely roasted.
  • 6Remove the pastry from the oven. Set on a plate with any remaining spinach on the side!
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