Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels – Crazy for Crust


4

Jan
12

posted by Dorothy Kern

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels – this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they’re always the first to disappear at every party.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels - this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they're always the first to disappear at every party.


I’ll never forget the first time I ate these pepperoni pinwheels. I was at my sister-in-law’s house for some holiday or other…probably 15 years ago (at least, if not more). She served these as an appetizer and I immediately fell in love with them. She gave me the recipe that day and I’ve been making them for every party I have ever since.

Whenever we’re having people over for any reason (a party or just for dinner) my husband always looks at me with those big puppy dog eyes and asks me to make “those pepperoni things” and I can’t ever say no. I’ve even been known to make a last minute trip back to the grocery store because I’ve forgotten to buy puff pastry.

These are also good to snack on for lunch or dinner (hot or cold) and I’ve been known to just eat them while hiding from Mel in the kitchen so he won’t get to them first.

Basically, what I’m saying is, these are one of the easiest appetizers you’ll ever make and EVERYONE will love them. Puff pastry, cheese, pepperoni…how could you not?

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels - this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls!

Let’s break down the recipe, okay?

First, puff pastry sheets. You can get them in the freezer section near the desserts. This recipe just needs one of the two sheets that are in the package (unless you want to double the recipe…which I do often). Let it thaw according the the package directions.

Then you put down a layer of mustard to make everything stick. Now, I hate mustard. Detest it. I’ve never actually eaten it willingly. The smell gets me – just making Mel a sandwich makes my stomach turn. When I found out these had mustard in them I felt like back in the day when my mom would make me eat something and fall in love and THEN tell me it had tomato sauce in it. Anyway, even if you don’t love mustard, you’ll still love these. You don’t taste the mustard, it’s just for binding.

Then come the pepperoni and cheese. You layer pepperoni and parmesan or asiago cheese on top, then roll them up. Once you chill them, you slice and bake, like cookies but for DINNER.

These are like little bite size crunchy pizzas….but classier because of the puff pastry. Did I say how much we love them? Oh I did? Okay good.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels

Yield: About 40 pinwheels

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels – this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they’re always the first to disappear at every party.

Ingredients:

  • 1 puff pastry sheet (from a box of two), thawed according to package directions
  • 1 tablespoon dijon or spicy mustard
  • About 42 pepperoni slices (half of a 6 ounce package)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan or asiago cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions:

  1. Unwrap thawed puff pastry sheet and slice in half.
  2. On each half: spread about 1/2 tablespoon of mustard into a thin layer, then layer about 3 rows of pepperoni (about 21 pieces; it’s okay if they overlap). Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Roll up tightly from the long side. Wet the edge with your finger and a bit of water to seal and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill at least one hour (or up to 2 days).
  3. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove rolls from refrigerator and unwrap, then slice 1/2” slices. Lay flat on baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until puffy and golden brown. Serve hot.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pinwheels - this easy appetizer recipe tastes like mini pizza rolls! EVERYONE loves these and they're always the first to disappear at every party.

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