Pinwheels of ham and cheese

Pinwheels of ham and cheese

The reason I love making this recipe for puff pastry ham and cheese pinwheels again and again (and again and again) is because of how my guests react each time I take a pan of these entertaining appetizer roll ups out of the oven.

Perhaps it’s the melty, gooey cheddar cheese or how perfectly the ham’s outside edges are crisped. Perhaps the Dijon mustard’s pungency is to blame.

Or perhaps, just perhaps, the mind-blowingly buttery but airy and flaky puff pastry enhances each and every bite. They’ll cause people to go CRAZY!

Simple ham and cheese pinwheels with puff pastry, mustard, and fresh herbs

How to Prepare Pinwheels with Ham and Cheese
I like to think of these ham and cheese pinwheels as the elevated version of the ham and cheese pinwheels crescent rolls appetizers (the ham and cheese pinwheels with Pillsbury pizza dough) and the illustrious ham and cream cheese tortilla roll ups that were paramount fixtures at our family reunions growing up.

But using puff pastry to make the ham and cheese pinwheels takes the roll ups to a whole new level. These ham and cheese puff pastry appetizers would be equally at home at a game day gathering as they would at a holiday brunch or dinner. Kids adore them as an after-school snack, too!

The Components
Pastry puff. Puff pastry is a wonderful dough that you can buy as sheets in the freezer area of almost any grocery store if you’ve never tried it or cooked with it. Puff pastry has the flavor of a croissant, crescent roll, and pie crust baby. It is golden and flaky. Although homemade puff pastry dough is an option, I’ve never felt the necessity. Even the most skilled pastry chefs find puff pastry to be exceedingly difficult to make, yet unlike prepared pie crust, the frozen version is excellent.
Dijon mayonnaise I adore combining the ham and cheese with the flavor of mustard.

Ham. With the cheesy, mustardy filling, it was a touch salty, flavorful, and excellent. For this dish, use thin slices of high-quality ham.
Cheese. whichever melty cheese you enjoy! Fontina, Swiss, gruyere, and cheddar are all excellent options.
Parsley. for color and freshness.

The Guidelines
Puff pastry should be defrosted in the refrigerator over night before being spread out on a work surface. Make a rectangle out of it.
Apply a thin coating of mustard to the dough. Add the cheese and ham.

The puff pastry dough should be rolled into a log shape, and the ends should be evened out. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes while it is wrapped in plastic. Repeat the process with the second puff pastry sheet.
Slice it after removing the logs. Slices should be placed spiral-side up on a prepared baking sheet. For about 18 minutes, bake at 375 degrees F. Serve warm and garnish with parsley. All done!

These four little ingredients work their magic in the oven to create pinwheel canapés. The puff pastry gets flaky and golden, the ham gets salty and crispy, and the cheese gets bubbling.

You’ll keep returning to the dish since the mustard adds flavor and a little something more.

Puff pastry-encased ham and cheese pinwheels. It’s very easy and tasty! Melting cheese, crisp ham, and puff pastry. The ideal party starter! On, a recipe

How are pinwheels stored?
to keep. Your pinwheels should be kept in the fridge. These pinwheels are perfect for entertaining since they taste wonderful both warm and at room temperature.

How long may pinwheels be stored in the fridge? Pinwheels can be kept in the fridge for up to 4 days. Prior to serving, warm them in the oven so the crust may re-crisp.
to rewarm. On a baking sheet lined with paper, reheat at 375 degrees F until well warmed.
Can Pinwheels Be Freezed?

to Frost. As instructed, bake the ham pinwheels, then let them cool. Place them on the baking sheet in a single, flat layer, and freeze for a whole period of time. Pinwheels may be kept for up to a month by storing them in an airtight freezer-safe container.
to rewarm. On a baking sheet lined with paper, reheat items directly from freezer until thoroughly heated.

The unbaked pinwheels might also be frozen, but watch out for the grated cheese coming loose. The simplest method is to bake the pinwheels first, then freeze them.

Can Pinwheels Be Made the Day Before?
The day or night before you intend to serve them, you can create pinwheels.

When serving in a single day. The pinwheels should be kept at room temperature and then warmed in the oven.
If later serving. Pinwheels can be frozen, then reheated in the oven.

Pinwheels of pizza. Use provolone, pepperoni, and sun-dried tomato as an alternative.
Pinwheels in Italian. Use spinach and salami (for some veggies). Add cilantro and black olives chopped up to it to make it better. Even better, provide ranch dressing for dipping.
Protein Swaps. In addition to chicken, bacon, turkey, and even roast beef are other options to ham. Try this recipe for Crock Pot Shredded Chicken. Options for pinwheel sandwiches abound!

Pinwheels of ham and cheese
Puff pastry-encased ham and cheese pinwheels. Four components total! This simple, delectable appetizer is a hit with everyone. friendly to freezers.


2 sheets of frozen puff pastry that were refrigerated overnight

Divided, 3 teaspoons of Dijon mustard

12 slices of high-quality, thinly cut deli ham, weighing around 10 ounces

2 cups freshly grated Swiss, Gruyere, Fontina, or another comparable melty cheese (about 5 ounces)

chopped chives, thyme, or fresh parsley (optional, for serving)


On your counter, spread a sizable piece of plastic wrap (I pressed two long sheets together at the edges to create a single larger sheet). The first puff pastry sheet should be unfolded in the middle of the plastic and rolled into a 10 by 12-inch rectangle. 1 1/2 teaspoons of mustard should be applied, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Overlap the six slices of ham as necessary. Add a cup of cheese on top.
Roll the puff pastry into a log, beginning at the long (12-inch) edge. After trimming the ends to be equal, carefully cover the wood with plastic wrap. Place for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

Repeat the process with the second sheet of puff pastry, the remaining ham, cheese, and mustard. Two baking sheets should be lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and the oven should be preheated at 375 degrees F.
After the log has cold, carefully cut each log into 1/2-inch-wide slices with a sharp, serrated knife. (You will receive 24 rolls from each log if it is 12 inches in diameter.) Place the rolls on the preheated baking pans, spacing them 1 inch apart. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until the puff pastry is a light golden brown and the cheese is hot and bubbling. Sprinkle freshly chopped chives, parsley, or thyme on top as soon as possible. Allow to cool a bit. At room temperature or heated, serve.

Making this recipe in advance: Let the pinwheels cool after fully baking. Place on the baking sheet in a flat layer and freeze fully. Store for up to a month after transferring to an airtight container. On a baking sheet lined with paper, reheat items directly from freezer until thoroughly heated. The unbaked pinwheels might also be frozen, but watch out for the grated cheese coming loose. The simplest method is to bake the pinwheels first, then freeze them.
For up to three days, keep leftovers at room temperature. In a 375° F oven, reheat.