These Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are made with seasoned cream cheese spread, fresh slices of deli ham and cheese and rolled up on tortillas and cut into pieces. Pinwheels are a fun appetizer or snack that are quick and easy and perfect for any occasion. Make them ahead of time for parties!
Pinwheel recipes are always a great option for an appetizer or snack that comes together quick and won’t take much effort. Is there anything better than a quick and easy appetizer? Finger foods like pinwheels tend to go over well for parties which is why I love these little ham and cheese pinwheels. This isn’t much of a “recipe,” but rather a method. You can swap out meats and cheeses however you’d like, and use all kinds of tortillas. I used sun-dried tomato and garden herb tortillas this time around, but there are so many more options these days.
How do you make pinwheels with ham and cheese?
It is so easy to make delicious pinwheels with ham and cheese. The key to a good pinwheel is to roll them correctly. This particular recipe for ham and cheese pinwheels is exceptionally delicious because of the homemade cream cheese spread. The spread is seasoned with a little dill weed, some onion powder and garlic powder and it compliments these wraps perfectly!
To make the pinwheel, you will spread an even layer of cream cheese spread across the entire tortilla. Down the middle of the tortilla you will place a few slices of deli ham, making sure to cover the width of the tortilla. On top of the ham, you’ll place a layer of cheese, again, making sure to cover the entire width of the tortilla. Then you’ll roll it up tightly, trim off the ends, and cut into 1 inch thick slices.
The great thing with these pinwheels is that they are pretty cheap to make and go a long way. Have you seen pinwheel trays already prepared at the grocery store? I have and let me tell you, they aren’t cheap. I saw one tray that looked nearly identical to the pinwheels pictured here, for $35.00! Really? $35.00 for some ham and cheese rolled up in a tortilla? You can make a bunch with this recipe for probably about $10.00. Now we’re talkin’!
Each tortilla yields about 8 pinwheels. If you use four tortillas, you’ve already got 32 pinwheels.
Can I make Pinwheels the day before?
One of the most common questions readers ask when they are making pinwheels for a party is can I make pinwheels the day before? The answer is yes! It is perfectly ok to make pinwheels about 24 hours ahead of time. However, I wouldn’t make them more than a day in advance to ensure that your pinwheels won’t be soggy. Making them ahead of time is a great way to prep for a party or an event.
- Deli sliced ham or other meats of your choice
- Cheese (I used white and yellow American)
- Large tortillas of your choice (I used garden herb and sun-dried tomato)
- 1- 8oz package cream cheese – softened
- 1/4 cup mayonaise
- 1/2 tsp dill weed
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- In a medium sized bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix until blended well.
- Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on your tortilla. Spread it out well so that the whole tortilla has a thin layer.
- Down the middle of the tortilla, place a few slices of deli ham to cover the width of the tortilla. On top of the ham, place a layer of cheese to cover the width of the tortilla. This ensures that each pinwheel has meat and cheese.
- Roll up the tortilla tightly. Cut off a small portion of each end and discard, then cut the remaining rolled tortilla into 6-8 slices, about 1 inch thick.
*I didn’t specify amounts of meats or cheeses because it all depends on your taste. I used one layer of meat and two different cheeses, but if you like more meat, you can add more. It all depends on what you like your meat to cheese ratio to be like.