Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Puff Pastry Pinwheels

My coworker is pregnant with her first child!   I have known her for a long time (we both worked at the same job previously...) and am very excited for her.  In celebration of her impending bundle, we threw her a surprise baby shower at the office.  Everyone pitched in and either chipped in for a gift - or brought a snack.  There were whoopie pies, brownies, chips and salsa and sparkling cider.  I made some chocolate dipped pretzels (since the mommy-to-be has been craving them for her whole pregnancy) and I also brought some puff pastry pinwheels.

These were an appetizer that I learned from my mother while I was home for Thanksgiving, and I think its a great technique that you can use with a lot of different ingredients.  We brought them when my parents dined at Rafe's mom's house for the first time.  Everyone raved about them, and Rafe kept eating the leftovers for the next few days.

They are very easy, and apparently very impressive!  Many of my coworkers asked for the recipe.  And, of course, you start with one of my favorite easy bought puff pastry.

2 sheets of puff pastry
1 - 12oz jar of roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
8 oz of gruyere cheese, shredded

Let the pastry thaw on the countertop.  Take one sheet of the dough and roll out pastry just slightly so the seams of the dough are smushed back together. 
Sprinkle the dough all over with 1/2 the cheese, avoiding 1/4 inch around the edges.
Sprinkle the cheese with 1/2 the roasted red peppers
Now, to roll the dough up into a pinwheel, you will have to roll each edge like a jelly roll just to the middle.  Use the edges perpendicular to the seams, so your pinwheels don't fall apart when you slice them

Repeat with the second sheet of pastry.

At this point you can wrap the roll in plastic wrap and store in the freezer until ready to bake.  Just thaw on the counter until you're able to slice, then bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden.

These are really simple, and absolutely delicious.  I'm excited to try a different combination of, pesto and asiago cheese, or sundried tomatoes and fontina cheese....ooh, or ham and manchego!!  Olives would be tasty too....if you try this recipe with any different fillings, let me know how it goes!!

Do you have any go-to appetizers/recipes for potlucks or cocktail parties?


  1. Great appetizer idea! I'm definitely making these soon... maybe New Year's Eve!

  2. i want to make these! like a flaky stomboli. maybe the assiago with some salami or something