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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels Recipe

If You Can Make a Ham Sandwich, You Can Assemble This Appetizer

These ham and cheese pinwheels look like they took time and effort, but the little secret is there's only four ingredients! As for the skill level required, if you can make a sandwich, you can assemble this appetizer. Simply roll out some puff pastry, slather on some mustard, sprinkle some cheese and ham, roll the whole thing into a log, then slice and bake. The bacon and cheese crisp up, and the puff pastry becomes as flaky as a croissant. It's the next best thing to being at a bakery in Paris. If you're transporting your appetizer to another house, simply pack up the chilled pinwheel log, and slice and bake when you arrive.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels


  1. Flour, for sprinkling
  2. 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  3. 3 heaping teaspoons dijon mustard
  4. 9 slices good-quality ham
  5. 1 cup grated gruyere cheese
  6. Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  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 1-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 1 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 serrated knife into 1/4-inch slices. Place each slice on its side on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp and golden. Enjoy immediately.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts
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lovethatdish lovethatdish 6 years
THESE WERE SO GREAT! The recipe written is so clear and these are just YUMMY! They are beautiful looking, yet they are so easy! The best part is you can make them ahead of time so it is easy to pop them in at the last minute!
LaurenKU LaurenKU 7 years
Whoops - egg wash, not egg was.
LaurenKU LaurenKU 7 years
Yum! Looks great - I make something similar. I mix softened cream cheese, salt & pepper with an egg and spread over the puff pastry. Then I top with crumbled sausage or bacon, finely chopped tomatoes and cheddar. They make a great addition to a brunch, and are great hot or at room temperature. They look really pretty, too. After I roll them up, I stick them in the freezer for a few minutes, so that they slice neatly. Brush with an egg was before baking, and they look even better!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Yum. I will have to try these some time. Pinwheels with cream cheese, fresh parmesan, and the Rosemary Herb Seasoning Mix from Pampered Chef are my go-to when I bring an appetizer to a party (and they always go quickly), but it might be nice to mix things up.
Food Food 7 years
How funny/timely. A running partner was just giving me the recipe for this last week.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Hmm.... would turkey work well, to replace the ham? Ohhh, pepper turkey. :drool: I will have to try this out.
alf9280 alf9280 7 years
I tried a version of this recipe once and it called for prosciutto and almost preztel like implementation. Needless to say it was really hard to put together and I think ham would've worked much better so I'll definitely be trying this recipe. And, I used the gruyere from Trader Joe's, the cave-aged kind, which is kind of expensive but it was *really* delicious and made good grilled cheese sandwiches, too.
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