Now that the Holiday Season is officially over, it’s time to think about those game day recipes. Let’s face it, the last thing we want to do on game day is be stuck in the kitchen cooking. I know for myself, I wanna be with my guests watching and rooting for our team. That is why I certainly believe in appetizers. You can prepare them beforehand and cooked before your guests even arrive.
Just the other day when I was talking to my husband about our upcoming gathering, I told him that I wanted to create an everyday recipe that had tons of flavor but one that would be great to serve on game day.
Don’t get me wrong, we still love our spicy wings along with our cheesy seven layered dip and nachos but times are changing.
For us, delicious foods have always been a must to serve. Some have involved shortcuts or even hacks. Specially those hand to mouth recipes. You know, those appetizers when a fork is not needed. Heck, who has time to break out that fork and knife when the big game is on. So finger foods are a must! -Plus, your guests will gobble them up!
That is when I just knew my Chicken Spinach Florentine Braid would be the perfect tasty appetizer to serve on game day.
Now doesn’t this Chicken Spinach Florentine Braid look delicious? I will say, the flaky crust and taste of the garlic chicken, chopped spinach and tomato is to die for but adding Havarti Cheese to the recipe, gives it a whole new taste. The combination of flavors is what separates this recipe from other braids that I’ve made in the past. So good!
First I started chopping the spinach in small pieces. I used fresh spinach but you could also use frozen. Next I diced my tomatoes in small pieces then placed both ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Next, I started to cut then chop three pieces of chicken breast into small cubes. You want the chicken to be small enough so you can roll your braid at ease.
In my pan, I placed one tablespoon of vegetable oil and minced garlic then added my mixture of chopped spinach and tomatoes. Sprinkled salt and pepper for taste. Simmering for 5 minutes on low to medium heat.
Then add your boneless chicken pieces into the ingredients by stirring. Cook chicken until completely white. Remove from heat.
If you find that you still have juices from the chicken left in your pan, feel free to drain some but not all. You want the flavors of the tomatoes and spinach to remain in the cooked chicken.
Next you’ll need pastry dough. I used premade pastry sheets for this recipe that I found in the freezer section at my local grocery store. I sprinkled some flour and began rolling the dough until I reached my desired width and length. For this recipe, rolling the pastry dough into a 10″x 15″ rectangle was the perfect size.
With the short side of the pastry dough facing you, start scooping your mixture to the center of the dough. Add three thin slices of Havarti Cheese then begin to roll your pastry dough.
Once rolled, use a knife and cut 1 inch slits. You could also slightly bend the dough with ease for an horseshoe appearance. Brush your dough pastry with your egg and water mixture before placing it in the oven.
Bake for 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Cut and serve warm.
Author: Sunshine and Flip Flops
Game Day Appetizers
- One Pastry Sheet
- Three Boneless Chicken Breast (Cubed)
- One Cup of Spinach (Chopped)
- Three Slices of Havarti Cheese
- Two Tomatoes (Chopped)
- One Tablespoon of Minced Garlic
- One Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
- One Egg
- One Tablespoon of Water
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Add one Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil with one Tablespoon of Minced Garlic to pan.
- Place your chopped Spinach and Tomatoes into pan. Simmer
- Stir in cubed Boneless Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes.
- Simmer for 5 minutes or until chicken is white and cooked.
- Sprinkle flour down on parchment paper. Roll your Pastry Dough.
- With the short end facing you, add mixture to the center of the pastry then roll.
- Use a knife and make four 1" slits in your dough.
- Brush rolled pastry with egg and water.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool and serve warm.
So if your looking for a tasty appetizer to serve on game day. This baby is it! Each bite is full of delicious flavors of Havarti cheese, garlic chicken, tomatoes and spinach. It’s scrumptious!
So tell me, What is one of your favorite appetizers to serve on game day?
Would love to hear your recipe ideas.