Easy Party Appetizer – Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels

These ham and cheese puff pastry pinwheels are a great option for cocktail parties, happy hour, brunch, or girls night in.

Today I’m sharing a classic recipe that’s always a winner with guests, and it’s an easy party appetizer: ham and cheese pinwheels. There’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.

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.
Puff pastry pinwheels for appetizers or brunch.

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, wrap it in saran wrap, and place it into the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes before slicing.

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

Place slices flat 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.

TIP: To make these ahead for a later date, just wrap the long roll tightly with saran wrap and place in the freezer until ready to use. Take them out of the freezer and let them “thaw” for about 20 minutes or until you can cut the roll into slices. Bake as directed.

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.
These ham and cheese puff pastry pinwheels are a great option for cocktail parties, happy hour, brunch, or girls night in.

Have a great day!


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    • Chris says

      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. :-)