Cream Cheese and Chive Pastry Pinwheels

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

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.

Cream Cheese and Chive Pastry Pinwheels

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 8 as an appetizer
Active time:30 minutes
Total time:3 hours
This recipe appears in: How to Use Up Leftover Herbs

Ingredients

  • 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

Procedures

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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