Sunday, January 24, 2010

Party Pinwheels

As part of a review I was doing for Alouette Cheese, I decided to make these quick and easy pinwheels for us to munch on one rainy afternoon.

I used Alouette Pepper Medley and Tomato & Basil spreadable cheeses and flour tortillas.

I spread one of the cheeses over a flour tortilla, all the way to the edges. You could also add a slice or two of thin sliced ham or smoked turkey or other deli meat.

Starting at one edge, roll fairly tightly

I thought I would need to use toothpicks to hold it closed, and I probably would have if I'd added meat or anything else inside, but with just the cheese inside I didn't need them. Roll in waxed paper or foil and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to firm up.

Slice anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick slices. I should have refrigerated mine a bit longer, they flattened a bit as I sliced them--an easy fix to reshape slightly, though, if I were serving these to someone else. (I don't think they would have "squished" so easily if I'd had deli meat or chopped fresh vegetables or any additional ingredients inside.)

These were a big hit! My husband liked the pepper medley flavor, not so much the tomato basil, I think because I spread the cheese a bit too thick on that one for his taste, but I absolutely loved both of these!

I could so see adding some thin sliced salami or other Italian deli meat to the ones with the tomato basil flavor, and ham or turkey to the pepper medley, but as far as I'm concerned, these will be a keeper for me, with or without the added ingredients.

If you'd like to try these or other Alouette cheese, be sure to enter the giveaway I'm running this week for coupons for free Alouette cheese.
This post is linked to:

Tempty My Tummy Tuesday
at Blessed with Grace
Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff

(Disclosure--I received the cheese I used in this recipe for free as part of a review I did for Alouette cheese, however I received addiontal compensation and the opinion stated is that of my own.)

Until next time, good (un)cooking, and good eating!


  1. They look great! I love all the variations of cream cheese / spread fillings you can use to make these pinwheels. I like to use cream cheese, can of green chilies, garlic powder. Thanks for linking to TMTT.

  2. That looks yummy! I love the tomato basil cream cheese.

  3. Wow now I know how to make these. I have seen them in the stores already made and they cost a lot. Thanks for showing me how..

  4. I love the Alouette brand and do enjoy some pinwheels!!!! Yours look great!

  5. These look divine! I don't think I've had the Alouette cheese before, although I have seen it. Might need to give it a 2nd look! :D

  6. They look great and thank you for the easy step by step directions.

  7. Simple and yummy - can't go wrong with that! Now I'm craving pinwheels!!!

  8. I have done similar rollups to these.. I take a package of hidden valley dressing mix, and mix that with cream cheese, and a touch of milk to thin it down some.. I chop olives, both green or black, green onions, either pimento's from the jar ( well drained ) or diced red bell pepper.. Mix all the stuff together, and spread on tortilla's as you have done.. Its always a crowd pleasing finget food.. and yes, sliced deli meats are good if you eat meat, or have a meat eating husband, or kids..
    thanks for sharing this " recipe". I have never bought that type of Alouette cheese.. wondering what it tastes like! grocery list: Alouette Cheese, flor tortilla shells, lol.