A Variety of Tortilla Pinwheels

A friend called and wanted to know if I had any ideas for finger food to take to a party. There were specific criteria, couldn’t be hot, needed to be simple and she would prefer it be something dazzling.

The first thought that came to mind was Tortilla Pinwheels. The standard recipe is this:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package whipped cream cheese
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup black olives, chopped (optional)
  • 3/4 cup chopped ham slices

You spread the ingredients on the tortillas, roll them up and slice them into 1 inch pinwheels.  Couldn’t get much easier.

So how do we add some dazzle? Flavored tortillas.

Here are some ideas I had:

Jalapeño & Cilantro Tortillas and Black Bean Tortillas

  • Cream Cheese
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Sliced green chilies
  • Turkey
  • Salsa
  • Black olives
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Tortillas and Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Tortillas

  • Cream cheese mixed with crushed roasted garlic
  • Spinach
  • Pepperoni
  • Grated parmesan

Plain Tortillas and Whole Wheat Tortillas

  • Cream cheese
  • All-fruit style strawberry preserves
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

The list is endless, limited only by your creativity.

BTW, she went with little spinach bread cups.  Waiting to hear how they turned out.  But I know what I’m going to make for my next get together.

3 thoughts on “A Variety of Tortilla Pinwheels

  1. When looking for more “something different”, use lettuce leaves instead of tortillas. Or, for that matter, any edible broad leaf that will roll or fold (collards, swiss chard). You can increase the wrap choices (but lose some of the crisp) by boiling a few others: cabbage, kale, and mustard leaves just for a quick trio of examples.

    Another variation is to fill the green tube-like leaves of leeks, using as tubes as you would manicotti or cannelloni that you then slice for view and effect.


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