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Easy Elegant Appetizer: Prosciutto Pinwheels

If you are looking for a super tasty appetizer —and prawns aren't your cup of tea — consider making these prosciutto pinwheels. Mastering these bite-sized snacks is a cinch for even the most culinary challenged, self-proclaimed noncooks. In fact, they are so effortless that I put them together in the Sugar HQ kitchen. Simply layer thawed puff pastry with prosciutto, grated parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, and roll up. The best thing about these savory treats is that you can assemble now and bake later, making them ideal for a party. To look at the recipe,

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Prosciutto Pinwheels
Modified from Bon Appetit magazine

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3/4 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)

  1. Place pastry sheet on work surface. Arrange half of prosciutto on one rectangle, leaving 1/2-inch border along one side. Sprinkle prosciutto with half of basil, then top with half of cheese.
  2. Starting at one side, roll up pastry jelly-roll style, pressing gently to seal long edges. Wrap in plastic.
  3. Repeat with remaining pastry, prosciutto, basil, and cheese to form second log. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.
  4. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 400°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Cut logs crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Arrange rounds on prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake 1 sheet at a time until pastries are golden brown, about 16 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer pastries to racks and cool slightly. Serve warm.

Makes about 30 appetizers.

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Calster Calster 7 years
Just made these for a dinner party... super easy and very tasty!!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Okay I thought they were delicious, but no one really ate them. They seemed a little greasy.
vjgun vjgun 8 years
I made these last weekend and they were delicious. A huge hit and very simple. Thanks Yum!
emalove emalove 8 years
Proscuitto is soooo good!
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
spaghetina - you're probably right re: the wax paper - I always use parchment paper when I bake but some people swear by wax so I threw it in there! Good idea about the silicone baking mat, I will have to get one of those!!!!
spaghetina spaghetina 8 years
To elaborate on what's already been said, you can also do these on a Silpat silicone baking mat (it's a brand name, but you can find cheaper versions at places like Target) to keep the cheese from sticking and to cut down on waste (less paper in the trash = good stuff!). I wouldn't necessarily recomend wax paper, since you don't want the wax melting all over the bottoms of your pinwheels.
AliCherri1 AliCherri1 8 years
YUMMY! Those look so good, my bf will love this recipe. Thanks Yum!
taraevans94 taraevans94 8 years
I made these as well on my blog, FOODIE.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
oh YUM! im using bacon for this
barjar1122 barjar1122 8 years
I am going to run to the store for the ingredients!! Sounds easy and looks so good.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
simple & yummy!
OChottie OChottie 8 years
I am making these on Saturday. MMMM I can't wait. Thank you for the recipe!
SugarCat SugarCat 8 years
Not weird at all - I can eat it all by itslf, too!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 8 years
I am making these tonight! We have so much prosciutto in the fridge and I am glad I have an idea of what to do with it now! :)
Mel475 Mel475 8 years
I've made these same pinwheels several times and always to rave reviews! They are so easy and so yummy! And everyone always thinks they're difficult because of the ingredients and presentation. I love them! I would suggest either using wax or parchment paper on the baking sheet or even a quick spray of Pam so that the melting cheese doesn't stick and pull the pinwheel apart - also transfer immediately to cooling rack or platter for the same reason.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 8 years
Mmmmmm
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Argh! I already ate both packets of prosciutto I bought today! (Is it weird that I like to eat prosciutto totally on its own?) These look delicious.
caligirl101 caligirl101 8 years
OMG those look sooo good!!!
MollyElizabeth MollyElizabeth 8 years
Those look great! I'm going to have to try these.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
I don't think I would like these!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Yum. Yum. Yum.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
No egg necessary ElizabethRae: it was a typo, nice catch!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Question: Step 3 says something about egg... but I don't see it in the ingredient list?
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
That looks AMAZING!! I have to try it!
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