Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels #Recipe @PegCochran

Once a month a group of us get together at someone's house. We bring our own wine or other beverage, glasses and either an appetizer or dessert to share.  Since we meet up at 7:00 p.m., many of us won't have had dinner beforehand so if I'm bringing an appetizer, I try to make it something heartier than a dip and chips.  These pinwheels really fit the bill.

And bonus!  They're quick and easy to make!

1 8-ounce tube crescent roll dough
1/2 lb. deli ham sliced thinly
8 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
2 or more tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 tablespoons butter, melted (you could get by with only three)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
chopped parsley (optional)
poppy seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Lightly flour your work surface (I used parchment paper as well) and unroll dough into two separate rectangles.  My husband brought home extra large crescent rolls and they formed a square when put together.  No problem.  the point is to divide the dough into workable portions whether that's two or three crescents pinched together or more.

Pinch all the seams together well to create one piece of dough.  Spread with mustard and layer with ham and cheese, leaving a bit of clear space at the further end. (When you roll the dough up, it will push the ham and cheese forward. You want to be able to pinch the seam.)  Roll up starting with the short end.  Pinch edges to seal.

Cut each roll into four or five pieces and place cut side up in prepared baking 

Whisk together the melted butter, garlic powder and parsley if using.  Spread over tops of pinwheels.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden. 

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  1. If you serve this with a salad, it can be lunch or a light supper! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. I had that same thought--it would make a nice light meal along with a salad.

  2. This looks so good I can almost smell it!

    1. We took it to the party and it disappeared so fast I never got any! But hubby declared them delicious.

  3. This looks good and I bet you could change it up with different meats and cheeses

    1. Yes! I saw another recipe that used roast beef and included a dipping sauce for a French dip sandwich.

  4. Thanks so much for this great recipe -- these pinwheels are a great bring along food ~

  5. Very simple and clever. And Sandy is right, you can mix the ingredients according to your taste.

  6. Super easy recipe and I think I'll try them with pastrami next time too. Thank you for the reminder of these rolls which I haven't made in years.
    Cynthia B