A savory puff pastry pinwheel recipe.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says Puff Pastry Rolls aka Pinwheels? 🙂
Mine first thought is salty, flaky, rich almost addictive party size appetizers.
Today I will share these delicious puff pastry pinwheels which I have filled with bacon, cream cheese, and flavorful gorgonzola (blue cheese). Yum!
Puff pastry pinwheel filling ideas
I love the fact that this simple puff pastry appetizer can be filled with so many different fillings. Each filling will completely change the flavor and style.
Puff pastry pinwheels with cream cheese and bacon is a fast appetizer that you can prepare while chatting to your guests. It’s one of those appetizers that call for spontaneity and can be made as creative as you wish.
This easy puff pastry pinwheel recipe is super simple as it requires literally 4 ingredients and 30 min of your time (most of it baking).
- Puff pastry (I bought already rolled one)
- Cream cheese (You can use any cream cheese you like the best)
- Bacon (I had the one already sliced in cubes)
- Gorgonzola (Blue cheese)
- I have used rosemary as the herb to give my pinwheels a nice Mediterranean perfume (but this is optional, you can use Origano, Thyme or some other preferred aromatic herb of your choice)
Italian pinwheel recipe
Italian pinwheels have such a variety of combinations. Imagine combinations of prosciutto and mozzarella, or mushrooms and speck, or gorgonzola and nuts. Italians mainly look in the fridge and combine ingredients that they already have.
You can also make vegetarian pinwheels with baked tomatoes and cheese. Of you can go for spinach and grilled peppers with fresh oregano.
I know that living outside Italy everything with an Italian prefix sounds better but I want to reassure you that the majority of Italian cooking and baking is actually very spontaneous activity and that we often use what we have in the fridge, We experiment and that’s how some incredible dishes come out.
Don’t be afraid to play and experiment with your food. You might create something extraordinary. 🙂
If you are looking for other ideas to create typical Italian appetizers check our Classic Tomatoes Bruschetta
How do you store cooked pinwheels?
Depending on whether you are planning to eat the cooked pinwheels the next of you are planning to eat them in a week you can decide to store them in several ways. If you want to eat them the next day you can put them in zip lock bags or some plastic container with a lid and store them in a fridge overnight. If you know that you have way too many you can freeze them and use them in the next given opportunity.
How do I reheat puff pastry?
You can reheat them in two ways, in the oven or in the microwave. I prefer reheating them in the oven as it will keep the flaky, crunchy taste as the microwave will only get them warm. Preheat your oven and throw them in for few minutes and you are done.
How do you keep puff pastry crisp overnight?
I have tried several methods:
- Leaving them overnight on a plate without covering them – it just dried out and wasn’t as good.
- Then I would put them in a plastic container – they will get moist.
- I have placed them in the fridge and puff pastry would get moist too.
- So the only thing that I haven’t tried so far is to vacuum them. That might be the only way to keep them crisp. The air wouldn’t have access and could prevent the pastry to get soft.
Can I refrigerate puff pastry overnight?
Puff pastry can be refrigerated overnight as raw or baked. If you still have a raw version make sure you put it in a zip lock bag in order to avoid the drying of the pastry. When dried it gets cracks and hardened and it gets harder to roll out.
If you have baked the puff pastry you can refrigerate it overnight in a container with the lid or in the airtight a zip lock bags.
How do I keep puff pastry from getting soggy on the bottom?
It depends a lot on your filling if your puff pastry pinwheel will get soggy on the bottom. If you use ingredients with a large amount of water (vegetables or fruit or with a lot of cream cheese it might get soggy).
My little trick to prevent puff pastry pinwheels to get soggy one the bottom is adding bread crumbs in the mix. They won’t alter the flavor and will absorb the excess humidity. I would add them generously in the mix (when using vegetables or fruit) stir all well, add other spices and then add into a pastry.
How do you roll a puff pastry block?
Every house has its own rules on how to roll a puff pastry block. Mine is very simple. I first clean thoroughly my work surface and then sprinkle it with flour in order to prevent sticking to the surface.
Before I start rolling it I sprinkle some flour on top of the puff pastry block. I roll it first lengthwise and then width. I repeat the process until I reach the ideal size (if you are using it for a cake pan). Make sure that you don’t roll it out too thin as then it will burn fast during the baking period.
How long should you cook the pastry?
The duration of puff pastry baking depends on what you are using it. It can be as short as 10 min if you are making super simple sweets or twisted sticks or it can be 25 min if you are baking a pie.
Does puff pastry go bad in the freezer?
If you have bought more puff pastries than what you plan to use in the next few days, put them in the freezer. The pastry can be stored safely and you can remove it from the freezer several hours before you plan to use it. I like to slowly defrost all my food overnight.
Can you freeze puff pastry rolls?
It often happens that we make more food than we eat in the end. In those cases, you can freeze the leftovers. They are also very good if one defrosted you give them a quick run in the oven, just to get back its crunch.
Can I bake puff pastry ahead of time?
The problem with puff pastry is if you bake it too ahead of time you will have to store it. Storing it for several days will make the pastry lose the crunchy side. They will still be delicious but not as flaky as they are as soon as baked.
Puff pastry pinwheels with cream cheese
This is super easy to make if you love simple appetizers without many ingredients. If you have already thin puff pastry then unroll it and spread the cream cheese all over the puff pastry. Use the long side of the pastry to start rolling it (I usually help my self with the paper the pastry comes on). I tap it lightly so that the first part would bend well and make the rolling easier. Once you roll the whole pastry, cut with the knife about finger wide pinwheels. Don’t worry if they get squashed a bit while cutting. They will open up during the baking time.
How to roll puff pastry
Do you prefer to have more and smaller pinwheels or less but wider? If you are expecting guests and want to make it as an appetizer, then I would suggest that you roll it starting from the wide/long side. In that way, you will get the long but thinner roll. If you want to make them nice and wide, I would roll the pastry starting from the narrow part (I imagine that you have a rectangle shape pastry) rolling it until you have used the whole piece.
How do you keep pinwheels from getting soggy?
Usually, pinwheels get soggy if you keep them in the fridge. The humidity from the fridge would loosen the puff pastries as they soak in all the humid air that.
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Italian Kitchen Stories
Crunchy savory puff pastry pinwheels are excellent appetizers. We love them hot and cold and we play with the ingredients and adopt them to current fridge availability. 🙂 This super simple recipe will give you a good starting point in your adventure in creating many special flavors. Have fun and create your signature pieces.
5 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 puff pastry
- 100 g of bacon (I have used smoked bacon)
- 1 cream cheese
- 30 g of Gorgonzola - blue cheese (optional)
- Fresh rosemary (if you prefer other spices you can use them)
- Turn the oven to 200 degrees Celsius to preheat it.
- Place the puff pastry on flat surface and spread the cream cheese all over it with a spatula.
- Chop the bacon into small cubes and spread it all over the cream cheese.
- Add small chunks of Gorgonzola (blue cheese) as you want.
- Wash the fresh rosemary and chop it and sprinkle all over the pastry. You can also use oregano, thyme, sage or any other aromatic herbs of your choice. They will give nice fragrance to your puff pastry pinwheels.
- Roll the pastry holding the first edge carefully in order to get nice round curve.
- Once rolled slice carefully the wheels (my measure is width of a finger).
- Take a baking tray and add baking paper and add the sliced rolls. Don't worry if they are a bit squished by cutting as they will open up during the baking process.
- Bake for 20 minutes on 200 Celsius.
- Serve immediately.