The pinwheel sandwich is that most versatile of sandwich. These tasty little sliced rounds of tortilla wrapped around filling go effortlessly from being a star player on a party tray to enhancing a hearty sandwich and soup meal.
When you need to bring something to an event or a potluck dinner, nothing is easier than making pinwheels. Grab the flour tortillas, a block of cream cheese, and a few common ingredients. Spread the filling on the tortilla, roll it up, wrap it up, refrigerate, and then slice the roll-ups into pinwheels. You will make a dish that will have people saying, "I've got to have this recipe!" So, if you are taking a walk through the Land of Sandwich Creations, write down what you put into your special pinwheels. You want to be able to make your tasty treats again!
Pinwheels can be made without a food processor. You can chop ingredients into tiny bits. If you have a blender, you can use that, too. These recipes use a Kitchen Aid food processor. Here are some ideas to get you started on your journey through pinwheel creations.
For the wrap: Use a good quality, flexible flour tortilla. I get mine at a local Mexican bakery. You can lower the carb count by using a low-carb tortilla, which makes these pinwheels useful in a low carb meal plan. I suggest using one of the low-carb products from La Tortilla Factory. These have 6 grams of net carb and 100 calories. Plus, they have 12 grams of fiber! There are several varieties. Have the tortillas at room temperature, so they will be pliable. You do not want them to crack when you roll them.
For the filling: I use a cream cheese based filling most of the time. It is important that the filling is moist, but is not soggy. Sometimes, I will use a mayonnaise based filling. You may easily double these recipes.
Making the pinwheels: Lay the tortilla on a flat surface or hold it in your hand. Spread the filling evenly about 1/8 inches thick. Spread it almost to the edge. Add any topping ingredients like meats, vegetables, or fruits that you haven't incorporated into the filling mixture. Roll the tortilla into a tight roll. As you roll it, the filling will spread to the edges. Wrap it in plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate overnight or for at least four hours. This allows the tortilla and filling to bond well. Slice into slices 1/2 to 1 inch thick. The ends of the pinwheels aren't pretty, but they are tasty. Some folks say to discard them. I believe that they are the cook's reward!
Spinach Pinwheel: Use the Easy Low-Carb Spinach Salad Recipe. The link is at the end of this article. For a vegetarian version, just spread the spinach salad on the tortilla and roll it up. If you want a heartier version, place thin sliced DiLusso pepperoni over half of the spinach salad. Then, roll it up, starting on the side with the pepperoni.
Seafood Rangoon Pinwheel: In the food processor, pulse together 8 ounces of cream cheese, ½ cup imitation crab meat chunks, 1/3 cup pre-cooked shrimp (do not add frozen shrimp-thaw and blot the moisture up or you will have a soupy filling), ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried onions, ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and ½ teaspoon organic soy sauce. It took about 10 short pulses to combine this. The mixture should be completely mixed with tiny chunks. Spread the mixture evenly over the tortillas and roll up. This will cover three 10-inch tortillas.
Beef and Blue Pinwheel: Using a food processor, pulse together 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/3 cup blue cheese crumbles, ½ teaspoon of garlic, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, and 1 tablespoon of Jack Daniel’s Steak Sauce. Run the food processor until the mixture is almost smooth. Scrape down the sides to make sure that it all gets mixed. Spread the filling evenly over three 10-inch tortillas. On top of the filling, add thin-sliced deli roast beef. I used Hy-Vee brand. Roll up, making sure that you have an edge that was not covered by roast beef, so that you have a good seal.
For a small investment of time, you can have special snacks for all occasions. When you've made all of the pinwheel party trays that you need, you can serve the leftover pinwheels with a hearty soup. Your folks at home will love it!
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