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Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls

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Swirl rolls and I have a special relationship. Our time in the kitchen together is restorative and creative. We dream fluffy dough dreams, cherish the process of rising and rolling, and transform our favorite flavors into carb-wrapped goodness, à la Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls. Then, I gobble them up immediately. I promise our relationship is healthier than it sounds.

Goat Cheese Spinach Swirl Rolls. Whole wheat swirl bread with spinach and goat cheese filling. Easy make ahead recipe.

One of the questions I receive most often is, “What’s your favorite thing to bake?” Asking me to answer this question is like asking me to name my all-time top Back Street Boys tune—practically impossible. Under duress, however, I will answer: swirl rolls of all sorts (and “I Want It That Way.”)  Nothing makes me quite as giddy in the kitchen as dreaming up all manners of fabulous fillings, wrapping them in carbs, then baking them into fluffy, puffy, golden swirls of glory. They make me a lot of friends, too.

Goat Cheese Spinach Swirl Rolls. Whole wheat savory swirl buns stuffed with spinach and herbed goat cheese.

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The swirl rolls I dream up most frequently are of the sweet variety (reference: Chocolate Chai Cinnamon Rolls; Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls; Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls), but lately I’ve been feeling that a practice as marvelous as wrapping tasty things in carbs shouldn’t be restricted. Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls are my first foray into savory swirl roll baking, and I am a believer.

Goat Cheese Spinach Swirl Rolls. Savory whole wheat swirl buns with goat cheese and spinach filling.

One: goat cheese. Honestly, you could probably spread goat cheese on a sheet of cardboard and—provided you were generous with the spreading—I’d hazard a bite. Whipped herb goat cheese makes for a most lusciously creamy, lightly tangy filling. Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls are elegant, a lovely characteristic I negated by eating two of them standing over my sink in a bathrobe. I know, I’m classy.

Two: spinach. Fresh green spinach leaves are a bright, healthy, and colorful companion to the goat cheese. Also, the addition kind of spinach leads me to believe these rolls could double as salad, a point of which I reminded myself during the aforementioned bathrobe scene.

Three: fluffy, whole wheat, salt-and-pepper dough. Wrapped around our dreamy spinach and herb goat cheese filling is one of the best, yet simplest swirl-roll doughs I’ve baked to date. It’s half whole wheat, ultra tender, and lets the filling’s flavor shine. It’s also not excessively sticky, so if you don’t have a stand mixer with a dough hook, you can still make these Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls by hand fairly easily.

Goat Cheese Spinach Swirl Rolls. Whole wheat swirl buns with spinach goat cheese filling. Make ahead recipe.

One, two, three components equal endless ways to enjoy Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls. Serve them at a special brunch or beside a bowl of soup for a simple supper. The dough can be made up to three days in advance, and the rolls can be shaped and left to rise overnight before baking in the morning, making Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls an excellent choice for entertaining. Fresh Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls for Easter brunch anyone?

Swirl rolls, I love you for life. Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls, you are my new BFF.

I am in a serious relationship with swirly stuffed carbs. Totally normal.

Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 50 minutes

Yield: 6 rolls (can easily be doubled)

Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls

Creamy whipped herb goat cheese and fresh spinach wrapped up inside super fluffy whole wheat swirl rolls. These rolls can be made ahead and are perfect to serve for a special brunch or weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

    For the Dough:
  • 3/4 cup all purpose or bread flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or substitute all purpose or bread flour)
  • 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (optional but will make dough more fluffy—omit if using 100% bread flour)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon (1/2 packet) Red Star Platinum Instant Yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • For the Filling:
  • 5 ounces goat cheese with herbs, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach

Directions

  1. Make the dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl, combine the all purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten (if using), sugar, salt, pepper, and yeast. In a small saucepan or a microwave-safe measuring cup, heat milk to the temperature specified by the yeast manufacturer. (Red Star Platinum Yeast is 120 to 130 degrees F.) Pour heated milk over the flour mixture. Add 2 tablespoons melted butter. Mix on low speed (or by hand with a wooden spoon), until the dough forms a shaggy mass.
  2. Switch to the mixer’s dough hook or turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead by machine for 6 minutes or by hand for 8 minutes, until smooth. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat, then cover with plastic wrap that has been lightly misted with cooking spray or a clean towel. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 2 hours. (Alternatively, you can chill the dough overnight or up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature, then continue as directed.)
  3. Make the filling: Beat together the goat cheese and salt until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Form the rolls: Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface, and roll into a 9 x 6-inch rectangle, with the longest side closest to you. Spread the filling over the dough’s surface, leaving a 1/2 inch border on short ends. Top evenly with spinach leaves. Starting with the bottom edge (one with a border), roll the dough into a tight 9-inch log (the spinach might try to scoot out, but press it in as you go). Pinch the end to seal. With a sharp serrated knife, carefully cut the log into 6, 1 1/2-inch pieces.
  5. Lightly mist a 9-inch round or 8-inch square pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper, then lightly mist again. Arrange the rolls in the pan and brush tops with the remaining tablespoon of melted butter. Loosely cover the pan with lightly oiled plastic wrap, then let rise again at room temperature until doubled, about 2 hours. (Alternatively, if you did not refrigerate the dough in step 2, you may do so now. Let rolls rise in the refrigerator overnight, remove pan from oven 1 hour before baking and let stand at room temperature. Continue baking as directed.)
  6. Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the interior temperature reads 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Serve immediately.
http://www.thelawstudentswife.com/2014/04/spinach-goat-cheese-swirl-rolls/

I baked Goat Cheese Spinach Swirl Rolls with my favorite bread-baking tool, Red Star Platinum Yeast. It’s foolproof, yields consistent results, and most importantly, creates super-fluffy, tender breads every time. For baking tips, check out Red Star Yeast’s step-by-step baking guide, and don’t forget to follow Red Star on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, for tasty recipes and inspiration.

More swirl rolls to steal your heart:

Red Star Yeast compensated me for my time to create this recipe and post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

51 Comments

  1. Backstreet Boys!!! Ah. YES! And these swirl rolls…! I mean, you just can’t go wrong!

  2. I am obsessed with goat cheese!! My husband has that gluten on hand for his special bread!!

  3. Yum yum yum!! You come up with the most amazing dishes!

  4. I agree; how am I supposed to pick?! Rolls and sweet breads have my heart though. This savory twist looks delicious! I can see it stealing the show at any dinner … or my breakfast, ahem. Pinned!

  5. I am obsessed with anything goat cheese, completely normal!

  6. I agree-goat cheese on cardboard is delish. But I’d rather have these rolls!

  7. I think I may like these savory swirl rolls even better than their sweet cousins! You just can’t go wrong with cheese + carbs. Nice choice on the Backstreet Boys too…classic.

  8. Spinach and goat cheese are the best flavor combination ever!

  9. Swirly rolls stuffed with goat cheese and spinach?? Where do I sign up? Love, love, love the flavor combo. I already can’t get these out of my head, which is fabulous, so I don’t have to think about Monday, ha! Yum!

  10. Loving that you make your own dough here! Spinach and goat cheese is always a wonderful pairing. I can totally see these as an appetizer at Easter! Saw all your pictures from your baking thing in MN from instagram, looked like it was a blast! My favorite was the vanilla extract shots :) haha!

  11. Oh Erin – these rolls sound so amazing! Love your addition of cracked pepper into the dough!

  12. Savory swirl rolls are the best! And now I have an urge to bake these with a side of Backstreet Boys on Pandora allll day long.

  13. I agree – I’d eat goat cheese off anything, but I’d especially inhale it when stuffed in these pillowy uys. Totally calling my name.

  14. I swirl rolls and have been realllllly wanting to try a savory version – these sound awesome. Especially with the goat cheese … ugh I love it a little too much I think : ) And yesss to the backstreet boys – bringing back all my middle school memories of taping up their posters on my walls! haha

  15. I love that these swirl rolls are savory! They are such a fun spin on the classic sweet kind! I also love, love, love them for Easter! Pinned!

  16. These rolls are what dreams are made! This is going to be incorporated into our dinner plans somewhere. Or they are just going to be our dinner! Delish.

  17. I started reading this recipe and saw prep time, 30 minutes and thought “Ok, perfectly doable.” Then I saw cook time, 20 minutes. Still on board. Then I saw total time jumped to over 4 hours and was confused! I understand why after reading through the recipe, but I don’t think I can wait 4 hours to eat these!! They look so good. Haha, what a tease!

    • Lol Amy! That is the beauty and the pain of yeast doughs. It’s so hard to wait for them to rise, yet so satisfying when they do! I promise these fluffy rolls are worth every minute

  18. The “what’s your favorite food/restaurant/thing to cook” is completely impossible!!

    I’ve yet to make swirl rolls but I’m thinking with all these great ideas, I need to! That red velvet one sounds crazy good!

  19. Oh yum! I could 6 of theses right now. Pinning

  20. These look soooo good, I’m obsessed with the Goat Cheese- Spinach combo, and that filling in these swirl rolls…sign me up!

  21. These savoury rolls look scrumptious. I love the goat cheese spinach filling.

  22. I love swirl rolls, they’re always so fun to make and look extra special! Love the spinach and goat’s cheese filling!

  23. Oooh, these sound fabulous. Swirly carbs are cheating on you with me, we have a torrid affair too ;)

  24. I hate it when people ask me what my favorite thing is to make…or my favorite cuisine. Those questions are so hard for me!!

  25. Ohhhh…. anything with spinach and goats cheese is an automatic winner in my books. Love the fact that you’ve created a beautiful green ribbon in these bread scrolls… I imagine that the whole wheat would make these taste positively virtuous with the green spinach interior! Yum. Saved for this weekend’s baking! x

  26. Erin! ah, yes! Savory rolls rock. Love these Spinach Goat Cheese Swirl Rolls! It was so great meeting you .. and I’m so thrilled we’ll see each other again at BlogHer Food. . if you ever wanna grab a cup of coffee or a big wedge of cheese, let me know! We’re local! :)

  27. Woah, these look amazing! I love savory rolls – can’t get enough of them!!

  28. I want to have a relationship with these rolls – they look amazing!! Perfect for easter brunch and oh so beautiful!

  29. They look delicious Erin! I don’t know if I like goat cheese but I don’t even care they still look darn good!
    Have a beautiful Tuesday!

  30. Oh my oh my. I could eat goat cheese on anything…but on these rolls? INCREDIBLE. I’m drooling!

  31. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but most would include some type of bread. Sweet or savory…I love making bread. These Swirl rolls look delicious!

  32. Can I use this swirl roll as a pillow? Or a swirl roll sleeping bag and nibble my way out? Is that an appropriate thing to request?

  33. Dare I say it? I’m not a fan of goat’s cheese, but these look so delicious that I might just put that aside and gobble up some of these anyway! Seriously, though, I love the idea of these cute rolls and can imagine all sorts of different cheeses to pop in there instead!

    • GASP! We can’t be friends ;-) Seriously, if goat cheese isn’t your thing, I think this would be yummy with all kinds of other cheeses. The dough is a great base, so you can mix it up to fit your fancy!

  34. Girl, we may need to battle it out because swirly stuffed carbs and I have a serious thing going on, too. These rolls! I’ll take these as a side dish for dinner every night, please. Awesome job!

  35. Thank you very much for your blog. People like you make a difference it this World. Keep up the great Work. Your Recipes are Awesome. I have been cooking for over 60 years….You help me reawake the beauty and love I always enjoyed cooking…I am now cooking along side of you….My recipes were burned in a fire here in California several years ago. The best recipes are your memory.

  36. Wrapping everything in carbs should be the law, to be honest. Oh girl – these look too darn good to be real. I’m dying over that goat cheese spinach filling it’s TOO MUCH AWESOMENESS

  37. Your swirl rolls sound great. They would be perfect to serve with cocktails.

  38. They look and sound amazing. I’m a sucker for anything baked, and ANY kind of cheese lol

  39. I am pretty sure I am going to have to make these for Easter brunch. TMI: my mouth is kind of watering just thinking about them, they look that good!

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