Sunday, 11 July 2010

Tortilla Pinwheels- absolute party snack (did I say EASY?)


Had a summer picnic at a friends place today and it was kinda like a pot luck and I was given the job of bringing dessert. Since I was swarmed with work on Saturday- cleaning the house and making some grub for guests coming in on Monday, I conveniently bought a Thorntons celebration cake which was sinful to the core, but ya ya I agree, for a person who considers baking therapeutic, I should be ashamed to buy ready-made cake. I also had to pick up some nibbles, and again was about to buy crisps when I had this sudden thought and decided to MAKE something instead. I'd come across tortilla roll ups on Pan Gravy Kadai and thought of mixing and matching a few other recipes to come up with an easy option. Thank god, this moment of enlightenment happened on isle 6 of Sainsbury's and so picked up all the ingredients required and scooted. 
These tortilla pinwheels turned out nice (atleast Ro and myself thought so) and is incredibly easy to make especially if you have all the ingredients at hand. 

Tortilla- 3 large
Garlic and herb Philadelphia cream cheese- 1 tub, 200gms (room temperature)
Spring onions- 4, sliced
Jalapeño pepper- 1, de seeded and roughly chopped (optional)
Freshly ground pepper- to taste
Baby spinach- 3 cups or more if you please
Cured and cooked ham- 12 slices
Cheddar cheese- 1/2 cup (optional)
Cling film- to roll the tortilla
Mix the softened cream cheese, spring onions, jalapeño and pepper powder together in a large bowl. If its too thick, add a wee bit of water and loosen it up. You can either add grated cheese at this stage or later. 
Clean the spinach leaves (chop if required), drain and transfer to a microwave safe bowl with just enough water clinging form the leaves. Cover and cook in the microwave for 3 minutes. Drain the water.
Heat the tortilla's for about 6 to 7 seconds in the microwave.
Spread the cream cheese mix generously on the tortilla, sprinkle a cup of spinach leaves and spread out four ham slices on to each and top with grated cheese. If you want, sprinkle some freshly ground pepper too.
Roll it up tight, wrap with cling film and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours or over night.
Once ready, peel off the cling film, cut off the edges and slice the tortilla rolls into bite size pieces.
These pinwheels are best had cold, but you could warm it up too, if you are not that big a fan of cold food. Serve on a platter with salad leaves.
Notes: You can basically choose from a whole array of filling like turkey slices, olives, salmon, prosciutto ham etc.
You can use any soft cheese for the base or maybe even mayo.
Stick a toothpick through and serve it as an appetizer with drinks.


Edited to add: A big big big thanks to all my friends on FB who started following my blog (well after i shamelessly announced I was one follower short of a 100). It did mean a lot to me :)

27 comments:

RV said...

Hope you had good time @ the potluck. The pinwheels are so delicious and inviting and it is pretty easy to make.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
I am glad you liked my roll-ups. Yeah its very versatile and you can fill it up with pretty much anything. Love your meaty version. Looks way too Yummy!

Sanchita Karmakar said...

Delicious appetizer..and very nicely presented. I love the last photo..beautifully taken.

PJ said...

thats a great party snack idea and so easy too! i'll have to think of a substitute for ham, but otherwise, these tortialla roll-ups are waiting for my next party invitation :)

Kairali sisters said...

Great thought Nisha...tortilla pin wheel looks absolutely yummy..I really like the chopped green onions picture

Love
Suji (KS)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow!!! very simple and easy snacks...yummy rolls.

Suhaina said...

looks fabulous. this is so good for parties.

Nitha said...

Looks interesting.. The shape and colour reminds me the jam roll which we used to get in the bakery at our place..

Abraham Chacko said...

looks yummy...

Priya said...

Beautiful pinwheels, looks awesome..prefect for a party menu..

Shabs.. said...

Adipoli saadanam:)....i maed this kind with sausages and serve it as sandwich....delicious!..pinney u get papaya in tesco ketto...they are small ones....i guess sainburys shud have it too.

vineetha said...

Pin wheels looks awesome dear..Hope u had a nice weekend :)

Satya said...

looks awesome n i am sure its yummy too ....

Priti said...

Looks too gud and nice pic..u have a lovely blog and glad to be here :)

Suja Sugathan said...

Pin wheels looks awesome..so delicious, so good for parties.

aipi said...

Lovely looking pinwheels.. nice click too. First time here and you have a lovely space.. do drop in at my space sometime :)

PranisKitchen said...

wow really delicious pin wheels .. perfectly done.. really delicious

Sanjeeta kk said...

Beautiful pictures and a great treat.

Reflections said...

They look absolutely yummy.....and fresh...honestly mooh mein paani aa gaya;-D

The pics, all of them are gorgeous!!!

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome!!!! dfntly an easy yummy party snack...

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Beautiful pinwheels .....can chicken replace ham?

Yummy Team said...

Fabulous appetizer n really awesome pictures as usual...Yum Yum!!

M D said...

Potlucks are always fun! These looks very good. Nice recipe on pinwheels!

AdukalaVishesham said...

easy breezy and yummy appetizer.. looks great and definitely a crowd-pleaser

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Those pin wheels are looks perfect. Nice recipe. Looks so good. YUM!

Pari said...

Hi Nisha, that's a very nice idea for picnic snacks, would love to try a veg version soon.
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Reshmi Ahmed said...

Nisha,i tried them today and packed it for my huband's lunch! wonderful idea and he loved it !