When TrèsSugar hosted a party on a recent Friday night, I not only supplied her with a bunch of easy appetizer ideas, I also volunteered to make something for the event. I took my own advice and threw together a quick, but tasty app with puff pastry. Since Trés is a huge fan of all things French, I decided to do ham and cheese pinwheels seasoned with dijon mustard. Pinwheels are a great portable potluck appetizer option because you can assemble them at home and when you get to the party, slice, bake, and serve. To get my simple but scrumptious recipe — seriously, these were all gone in a matter of minutes! — read more.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels Recipe 2010-04-21 16:39:22


flour, for sprinkling
1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
3 heaping teaspoons dijon mustard
12 slices good quality ham
1 cup grated gruyere cheese
salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry until it's thin and about 15 inches wide.
  2. Spread the mustard liberally across the top of the puff pastry leaving a one-inch border on all sides.
  3. Top with the ham slices and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Starting with the end closest to you, carefully roll the puff pastry up over the ham and cheese to create a pinwheel.
  5. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour and up to one day.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Alternately, spray with cooking spray or rub with oil.
  7. Remove the plastic wrap from the pinwheels and slice with a sharp knife into 1/4-inch slices. Place each slice on its side on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp and golden. Enjoy immediately.

Makes about 30 pinwheels.