How to Make Tortilla Pinwheels


Tortilla pinwheels, often also called tortilla wrap ups, are a great appetizer to serve at a party or event. They can be filled with a variety of fillings including meats, cheeses, vegetables, and dips and spreads. While they look as if they may be very difficult at first to assemble and prepare, they are actually quite easy to make once you know the basic secret of rolling the tortilla and making sure the ingredients stay safely rolled up inside.

The first thing to consider is what ingredients you will be using. Popular choices include roast beef and cream cheese, fruit spreads and fruits, turkey and cheese, or sandwich spreads and salads. The possibilities are endless when choosing ingredients and there are many different variations you can choose. You can use any type of tortilla you prefer. Many stores also carry specialty flavors, such as basil and tomato or whole wheat. In addition to the foods you will be using, you will also need plastic wrap and an electric knife. The wrap ups require refrigeration before serving, so make sure you also allow yourself several hours before the event to make these properly.

Here are Some Simple Step by Step Instructions for Making Your Own:

1. Spread Your Filling First: Most pinwheel recipes will have some sort of cream cheese filling, dip, or spread. There are many flavored cream cheeses available, or you can mix up your own spread depending on your own personal preferences and tastes. You will want to generously spread whichever you choose onto the tortilla first as this is the easiest and least messiest way to do it.

2. Layer the Other Remaining Ingredients: The next step is to layer your other ingredients on top of the spread. If using ham and cheese for example, you would layer the ham slices and the layer the cheese slices on top.

3. Roll it Up: The most intimidating step for making your own pinwheels for many people is rolling it up without it falling apart. Carefully and gently with two hands you will want to start slowly at one edge and as tightly as possible begin rolling it.

4. Wrap It and Refrigerate: Once you have formed the roll you will want to tightly cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. You will want to keep it in the refrigerator this way for at least 2-3 hours to help it keep its shape.

5. Slice and Serve: Once it has refrigerated for several hours, your next step is to slice each roll into pinwheels and serve. An electric knife works best, though if you are careful you may be able to use another type of sharp knife.

Now that you have the basic steps on creating your own pinwheel rolls, you can make a variety of delicious and exciting appetizers sure to please any crowd!