Ham and melty cheddar all rolled up in crispy puff pastry makes the perfect snack!
Something about the pull of melted cheese makes for the best food. It’s a rule of mine. If I think something is missing from a recipe, it’s probably some type of cheese.
But let me tell you, there is no cheese missing from these pinwheels!
Check out how I made them below!
To start, I took a full sheet of puff pastry and let it thaw for about 45 mins-1 hour on the counter. Once it was pliable, I rolled it out and ran my rolling pin over it a couple of times just to press back together any seams that happened while it was folded in the box.
Then, I spread about 1 Tbsp. Of mustard over the top and sprinkled on a little pepper. I decided not to add any salt to this recipe because of the already salty ingredients. Also, if you aren’t a mustard fan, feel free to leave it out. If you are a big mustard fan, feel free to add more!
Next came a layer of freshly grated cheddar cheese. If you don’t buy your cheese in block form, I really encourage you to give it a try. I think the cheese tastes and melts so much better, it’s almost incomparable.
Once the dough was rolled up, I cut the pinwheels about 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick. This is where rolling the dough tightly will help you, otherwise your fillings will fall out and you’ll have empty pinwheels!
The egg wash is just 1 egg scrambled with a splash of milk. With a pastry brush, spread along all of the dough to ensure it browns properly.
Then I popped them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 425 F and took them out once they were melty and golden and delicious looking.
These pinwheels are so easy, and they make the best snack or lunch for little ones. I like to add them to my daughters lunch box and my son snacks on them basically all day whenever I make them. Not to mention my husband is a cheeseaholic, so these are extremely popular in his book.
Make them! You won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for reading!
Ham and Cheddar Pinwheels
Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
1 sheet thawed puff pastry
1 tbsp. mustard
1 tsp. pepper
9 slices deli ham
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. milk
Thaw frozen puff pastry for about 45 mins to 1 hour by setting it on the counter.
Once the pastry is thawed, preheat oven to 425 F.
Roll a rolling pin over the puff pastry a few times to pinch together the seams. Spread the mustard over the top and sprinkle on the pepper. Next, add a layer of cheese followed by a layer of ham, and then a last layer of cheese. Roll together tightly and slice into 1 – 1 1/2 inch thick rounds.
Beat together the egg and milk and brush over the pastry placed on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top each pinwheel with a sprinkle of cheese and bake for about 15 mins or until golden brown and cooked through.