These sweet and savory Prosciutto & Cheese Pinwheels are made with just five ingredients. They’re elegant without being fussy, and everybody will love them!
I’m a big believer in the theory that holiday appetizers should be as simple and involve as few ingredients as possible.
After all, there’s already so much to do during the season – wrapping gifts, making a charcuterie chalet, traveling to see family, making sure everybody has a full drink (if you’re hosting), and probably getting the main course on the table at some point.
One of my favorite easy homemade appetizers is sweet and savory puff pastry pinwheels.
With just five ingredients, these Prosciutto & Cheese Pinwheels are elegant without being fussy, and trust me, everybody will love them. They’re even kind of Christmas colors!
About this Prosciutto & Cheese Pinwheels:
- Be aware that frozen puff pastry takes about 40 minutes to thaw at room temperature before you can work with it. I tend to forget this a lot, so I’m reminding you right away. THAW THE PUFF PASTRY, FRIENDS.
- I originally wanted to make these pinwheels with cranberry preserves or jam, since cranberry is such a seasonal flavor. Turns out, cranberry preserves were nowhere to be found at my local store. The good news is that raspberry preserves worked out just as well. But if you can find cranberry preserves, please try it and let me know how it is, OK?
- When a recipe calls for only a few ingredients, it’s important to make sure that each ingredient is of best quality. For these pinwheels, I like the complex flavor of Black Creek Cheddar Cheese with Gruyère Notes, because you’re getting two great flavors for the price of one! This nutty, earthy cheese is great on a cheese board, amazing melted over French onion soup, and the perfect choice for these pinwheels.
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 package (17.3 ounces) puff pastry sheets (2 sheets), thawed
- 6 tablespoons raspberry preserves
- 1 package (5 ounces) sliced prosciutto
- 3 ounces shredded Black Creek Cheddar Cheese with Gruyère Notes
- Chopped fresh rosemary, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking pans with parchment paper. In small bowl, whisk egg and water until well combined.
- Unfold pastry sheets on work surface. Spread 3 tablespoons preserves evenly over each pastry sheet. Evenly layer prosciutto and cheese over preserves. Starting at short side, roll each pastry sheet up like a jelly roll. Cut each roll into 16 slices. Place slices on prepared baking pans; brush with egg mixture.
- Transfer to oven and bake 22 to 24 minutes or until pastry is golden brown, rotating pans halfway through cooking. Transfer pans to wire racks and let pinwheels cool 5 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature. Serve garnished with rosemary, if desired.
More great holiday appetizers:
- Easy Baked Brie with Grapefruit & Pistachios – a great combo of melty cheese and seasonal citrus.
- Roasted Veggie Party Crackers – it doesn’t get any easier than this.
- New Year’s Eve Finger Foods – a whole board of sweet and savory nibbles.
- Spinach Dip in Mini Pumpernickel Bowls – always a crowd pleaser!
- Smoked Salmon Crostini Bar – works well for an open-house type gathering.
- Roasted Lemon Shrimp Cocktail with Piquillo Pepper Dip – what’s a party without shrimp cocktail?
- Quick Cranberry Glazed Meatballs from Let’s Dish
- Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts from Dear Crissy
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