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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

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Culinary Artistry: Elevating Comfort with Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Embark on a culinary adventure as we unveil the secrets to crafting the perfect Ham and Cheese Pinwheels. These delightful savory bites, wrapped in a flaky, golden pastry, marry the timeless combination of ham and cheese, creating a symphony of flavors that is sure to please any palate. Whether you’re hosting a brunch, packing a picnic, or simply craving a comforting snack, these pinwheels are a testament to the art of culinary simplicity. Join us on this gastronomic journey as we guide you through the steps of creating these delectable Ham and Cheese Pinwheels.

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Ingredients

For the Pinwheels:

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices ham
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Optional Extras:

  • Fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary) for garnish
  • Honey for drizzling

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Puff Pastry

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface to smooth out creases.

Step 2: Spread the Dijon Mustard

  1. Evenly spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over the entire surface of the puff pastry.

Step 3: Layer on the Ham and Cheese

  1. Arrange the ham slices over the mustard-covered pastry.
  2. Sprinkle the shredded Swiss cheese evenly over the ham.

Step 4: Roll and Chill

  1. Starting from one end, tightly roll the puff pastry into a log.
  2. Place the rolled pastry in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to firm up.

Step 5: Slice and Arrange

  1. Remove the chilled log from the refrigerator.
  2. Using a sharp knife, slice the log into 1/2-inch thick pinwheels.
  3. Place the pinwheels on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each.

Step 6: Egg Wash and Bake

  1. Brush the tops of the pinwheels with the beaten egg, creating a golden finish.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until the pinwheels are puffed and golden.

Step 7: Garnish and Serve

  1. Remove from the oven and let the pinwheels cool for a few minutes.
  2. Garnish with fresh herbs and drizzle with honey if desired.
  3. Serve warm and enjoy the delightful combination of flaky pastry, savory ham, and gooey cheese.

Cook Notes

  • Ensure the puff pastry is thawed but still cold for easier handling.
  • Experiment with different types of mustard for varied flavor profiles – whole grain mustard adds a delightful texture.

Variations

Turkey and Cheddar Twist

  • Substitute ham with turkey slices and Swiss cheese with sharp cheddar for a tasty alternative.

Veggie Delight

  • Add a layer of sautéed vegetables (bell peppers, onions, and spinach) for a vegetarian option.

Everything Bagel Inspiration

  • Sprinkle the rolled puff pastry with everything bagel seasoning before slicing for a savory kick.

Keto Version

For those embracing a keto lifestyle, savor the flavors with these modifications:

For the Pinwheels:

  • Use almond flour or coconut flour-based keto dough in place of puff pastry.
  • Replace honey mustard with a sugar-free alternative.

Optional Extras:

  • Drizzle with sugar-free maple syrup instead of honey.

Low-Carb Version

Trim down the carbs without compromising on taste:

For the Pinwheels:

  • Opt for a low-carb tortilla or flatbread as a substitute for puff pastry.
  • Choose a low-carb mustard or mayonnaise for spreading.

Optional Extras:

  • Replace honey with a low-carb sweetener.

In conclusion, Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are a celebration of simplicity and sophistication, where the magic of puff pastry meets the classic pairing of ham and cheese. Whether you follow the classic recipe, venture into keto or low-carb adaptations, or explore unique variations, the result is a versatile and crowd-pleasing dish. Share these pinwheels at gatherings, enjoy them as an appetizer, or savor them as a comforting snack. Elevate your culinary creations with the irresistible allure of Ham and Cheese Pinwheels – a symphony of textures and flavors in every bite. Bon appétit!

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