These Easy Italian Pinwheels are a colorful, easy-to-make snack or appetizer that can be changed up to fit the ingredients you have on hand! They're also quick to put together and perfect for a party, snack, or light lunch! Keep reading to see how to make them and I have pictures!
I absolutely love pinwheels and these Easy Italian Pinwheels are loaded with flavor! With 3 Italian meats, pepperoncini peppers, and a couple of kinds of cheese - you cannot go wrong!
They're perfect for a party, baby shower, bridal shower, potluck, or just an after-school snack for the kids! Anywhere people are eating finger foods - these pinwheels are going to be a hit! I'm thinking of making them for the upcoming Super Bowl party too!
If you use the low-carb tortillas, these pinwheels can even be an overall low-carb snack or meal. My favorite part is that they're truly loaded with so much flavor - you won't miss the carbs at all!
Easy Italian Pinwheel Ingredients
Flour Tortillas. For these pinwheels I stick to plain tortillas, but you could absolutely use another variety if you like. Some of our family favorites are spinach tortillas or whole wheat tortillas. You could even use low-carb tortillas if you like.
Cheeses. You'll need cream cheese for sure for this recipe. And a few slices of provolone cheese. Again, you could use low-fat cream cheese if you want to cut a few calories but you can't skip the cream cheese altogether. But you could also use sliced mozzarella cheese instead of provolone or add in some parmesan for a little more Italian flavor.
Italian Meats. This recipe includes three different Italian deli meats: Hard Salami, Ham, and Pepperoni. I highly recommend this combo but you could certainly try other types of meat 0r use any sandwich meat you have on hand including turkey, chicken, genoa salami, prosciutto, or even bacon! Y'all know I'll put bacon on anything!
Veggies. To make the recipe as written, you'll need Roma tomato, romaine lettuce, and pepperoncini. Other options might be banana peppers, red bell peppers, and spinach (instead of or along with lettuce.
Instructions for the Pinwheel Recipe:
First, add the room temp cream cheese and Italian seasoning to a small bowl and stir well, until combined.
Dice the pepperoncini and Roma tomato.
Add to the bowl with the cream cheese mixture and mix it all together.
Chop or tear the lettuce into small pieces.
Spoon ¼ of the mixture onto each tortilla and spread the cream cheese spread across the entire surface.
Sprinkle ¼ of the lettuce over the cream cheese mixture on each tortilla.
Lay out 3 slices of cheese in the center of each tortilla.
Next, you're going to layer the first two types of meat: 3 slices of salami and 3 slices of ham over the cheese.
Then add 4-8 slices of pepperoni on each side of the meat and cheese layers.
Starting from one end where the pepperoni is, tightly roll the tortilla into itself, until you meet the other end.
Remove from the refrigerator right before serving.
Cut off about 2 inches on each end, then cut into bite-size 1-inch slices.
Lay flat on a platter or tray to serve. You can even prep these ahead of time and they are delicious as leftovers if they're stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Easy Italian Pinwheel FAQ:
Can pinwheels be made the night before? Absolutely! Keep them covered in an airtight container or with plastic wrap. Then take them out of the fridge and slice them up right before you're ready to serve them! I do not recommend keeping them for more than 3 days.
How do you keep pinwheels from getting soggy? There aren't really any wet ingredients in this recipe, but if sogginess is a concern, be sure to drain the pepperoncini well before chopping and pat them, and the tomatoes dry with a paper towel before wrapping them up. You can also use well-dried layers of lettuce or spinach as a "barrier" between the filling and the tortillas to keep them from getting soggy.
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