Pinwheel Sandwiches

ham and brie pinwheel sandwiches

The Spruce / Pete Scherer 

  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Chill Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 10 pieces (3-5 servings)

Everyone loves to have something to snack on. That’s what makes easy appetizers an essential part of a home cook’s repertoire. Appealing yet healthful snacks you can make in just a few minutes keep entertaining relaxed and enjoyable. Pinwheel sandwiches—layered, bite-sized spirals of your favorite sandwich fillings—are a fantastic solution.

It’s so easy to learn how to make pinwheel sandwiches. Just lay your preferred fillings onto the wrapper of your choice, roll up, chill, slice, skewer, and serve. Have fun making the sandwiches your own special way suited to your party’s theme or the tastes of you and your guests. You hardly even need a recipe. 

These ham and Brie pinwheels are as classic and simple as it gets, but you can fancy them up with something like cornichons or radish sprouts. As long as there’s a creamy, sticky element like cheese or cream cheese, the pinwheels will stay tightly wrapped. The only real limitation is that you can’t have loose or drippy spreads that will leak out of the pinwheels. 

This recipe is just for one wrap, but they're so quick and easy you can make several in no time. You can keep wrapped logs stocked in the fridge as backup to slice and skewer as needed. They’re great for all kinds of occasions like game day parties at home, tailgating at the stadium, or just casual gatherings of neighborhood children after school.

Ingredients

  • 1 flour tortilla (burrito size)
  • 2 ounces brie (or other double or triple creme soft ripened cheese, such as Camembert)
  • 2 ounces smoked ham (sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Lay the tortilla flat on a work surface.

    burrito sized flour tortilla
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  3. Gently spread the softened cheese over the surface of the tortilla to create an even layer. Leave a little space around the edge of the tortilla.

    brie on a tortilla
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  4. Lay the ham in a single layer on top of the cheese.

    ham and brie on a tortilla
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  5. Starting at one end, roll the tortilla up tightly like a rug.

    rolled up ham and brie tortilla
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  6. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for thirty minutes.

    ham and brie tortilla roll up wrapped in plastic
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  7. Remove the plastic wrap. Use a sharp knife to slice the rolled sandwich crosswise into pinwheels approximately 3/4-inch wide.

    a few sliced pinwheels
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  8. Stick a toothpick through each pinwheel to hold it in place and serve.

    finished pinwheel sandwiches
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Tips

  • Rectangular flatbreads, wraps, and tortillas all make fine wrappers.
  • You can also make your own wrappers by removing the crusts from regular white sandwich bread and then rolling the bread flat with a rolling pin.
  • For an especially healthy option, try using blanched collard green leaves as a wrapper.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ideas for different kinds of pinwheel sandwiches:

  • Fresh butter and prosciutto
  • Peanut butter, Nutella, and banana
  • Italian sub (salami, ham, provolone)
  • Club sandwich (turkey, cheese, bacon)
  • Muffaletta (olive tapenade, cured meats)
  • Chopped Buffalo chicken and blue cheese

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