Easy Party Appetizer – Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Here’s one thing I’ve noticed about some of my favorite appetizers – they mostly require “assembly” as opposed to a steadfast recipe. Case in point, these bacon appetizers, and these cheese appetizers. Today I’m sharing another classic “assembly” that is always a winner with guests – ham and cheese pinwheels.

I hosted a ladies night gathering a couple of weeks ago and was running out of time to get to the grocery store. I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to make these delicious bites {great tip: always keep some basic items on hand for last minute preparation}. These serve well at room temperature AND you can make them ahead of time and then bake them when you’re ready. Don’t forget to Pin these so you can make them for your next gathering.

Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed according to package
  • 4-5 slices baked ham sandwich meat
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Dijon OR Sweet Hot mustard {I use whichever I have on hand}

Roll out thawed pastry enough to flatten seams and stretch it slightly.

Spread a thin layer of mustard over dough; Place a single layer of ham; Top with shredded Parmesan.

Begin rolling up the dough lengthwise.

Once your dough is rolled and you have a long “tube” shape, you can wrap this in saran wrap and freeze for later use. Just allow to thaw slightly before slicing and baking.

To use immediately, wrap it and place it into the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes before slicing.

Remove from refrigerator & unwrap roll. Using a serrated knife {a large bread knife works best} begin slicing roll into 1/2 inch widths.

Place slices on baking sheet as shown above, and bake at 375 for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve.

Makes about 18-20 pinwheels.

Serve these pinwheels for party appetizers or for Brunch – they are sooo good! For other recipes using puff pastry see these cheese ribbons, and our chocolatey dessert rolls.

Have a great day!


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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Can these be made ahead? How would you store any uneaten ones?

    • Ann, when I make these ahead, I prepare the “roll” and freeze it {as written in the directions}. When baking them, you can cook them an hour ahead – they’re fine at room temperature.
      I store the uneaten ones in a plastic storage container and refrigerate. I reheat them in the oven to bring back the crispiness of the dough. :-)


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