These pinwheels have a retro aspect to them I really like. That and they need all of three ingredients—which are completely adaptable to what you have on hand. Plus they can be made ahead of time, and stored for a couple days or frozen and baked off as needed. I like having these on hand for a quick snack or an impromptu first bite before a long brunch or dinner.
- Yield:serves 8 as an appetizer
- Active time: 30 minutes
- Total time:3 hours
- 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed but cold
- 12 ounces cream cheese or chevre, softened
- 3/4 cup minced herbs, packed (such as chives, dill, parsley, or tarragon)
- Optional additions: lemon zest, finely minced garlic
On a floured work surface, roll puff pastry out to between 1/16 and 1/8 inch thickness, about a 16 by 16 inch square. With an icing or offset spatula, spread cream cheese in a thin layer across pastry, leaving 1 inch of one side bare. Evenly sprinkle on herbs (as well as any optional additions) and add salt.
Starting with the side opposite the bare 1 inch of pastry, roll pastry into a log. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in freezer for about an hour, or until log is very firm but not rock hard.
Ten minutes before retrieving log from freezer, heat oven to 375°F, with one rack in the upper third and another rack in the bottom third. Using a sharp knife, cut log into 1/4 inch slices and arrange on two parchment-lined aluminum baking sheets.
Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate pans on racks and continue to bake until pastry is well-browned and crisp to the touch, about another 15 minutes. Transfer pinwheels to a cooling rack lined with paper towels to cool and drain before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.
To store, transfer pinwheels to a large, airy container and leave loosely covered in a cool dry place. Pinwheels will keep several days at room temperature. Frozen as a log, pastry will keep for weeks.