Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer

These smoked gouda puff pastry pinwheel appetizer couldn’t be simpler to prepare. Perfect as an appetizer, or party snack!

I feel like I am perpetually behind.  The last post was supposed to go up on Monday, and this post was supposed to be up on Wednesday.  Between work, dinner, and a picky eater of a one-year old, I am pretty busy.  And by the time Kai is in bed and the dishes are done, all that I have the energy for these days is the couch and Netflix.

Why aren’t there 30 hours in a day?  That would be awesome.

So.  This puff pastry pinwheel appetizer recipe is perfect for people like me…people who are short on time, people who mistakenly think they are superman/woman and try to do far too many things, people who need something easy for a holiday party.  Even if you don’t check any of the above boxes, if you like puff pastry wrapped around smoked gouda, cream cheese and jalapenos {and who on Earth wouldn’t?!}, this is your recipe.

Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer

 Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer

These little puff pastry pinwheel appetizers come together in about 15 or so minutes, and bake up in another 20 minutes.  They don’t require much effort, however you do need to thaw your puff pastry and bring the cream cheese to room temperature.

I can tell you, from personal experience, what happens when you try to thaw your puff pastry quickly…in the microwave:  a sticky disaster, and a Denise melt-down, where I may have run around in circles in my kitchen freaking-out “now what am I going to bring to the potluck?!?!?!?”

True story.  I was so angry at puff pastry it was banned from my life for several years.  We have since buried the hatchet and I’m so glad, because puff pastry?  Buttery, flaky, slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside puff pastry.  This is something I neeeeeed in my life, especially since the holidays are just around the corner.

Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer

I think the smoked gouda and jalapeno combination was stuck in my head after I saw this Smoked Gouda and Jalapeno Beer Bread {which looks amazing!} from Maebells.  It is such a great flavor combination in this puff pastry pinwheel appetizer, especially with the cream cheese, which adds a tangy creamy element to these guys.

I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that this batch of pinwheels lasted less than an hour…between Ben and I, these babies didn’t stand a chance.

You’ve been warned:  these are dangerous!

Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer

Holiday appetizers for everyone!

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Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer
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These jalapeno and smoked gouda pinwheels couldn't be simpler to prepare. Perfect as an appetizer, or party snack!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 18
  • ½ of a 400g package of puff pastry- 1 square- thawed
  • ¼ cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup smoked gouda, shredded
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Roll out puff pastry on a floured surface to about 10 X 10 inches.
  3. Gently spread the cream cheese in a thin layer over the pastry, leaving about an inch on one side. I used a short icing spatula and it worked great.
  4. Scatter the jalapenos and the smoked gouda evenly over the cream cheese.
  5. Brush the one inch of pastry that was left exposed with water.
  6. Starting at the end opposite of the water-brushed pastry, roll the pastry up. Press gently to seal the end.
  7. Brush the 'log' with egg wash.
  8. Using a sharp knife, slice into ½ inch slices.
  9. Arrange on parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet, brush tops with more egg wash, and bake for 18-22 minutes, until lightly golden.
Your pinwheels may not look perfectly round when you place them on the baking sheet, however the do round-out in the oven.

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Smoked Gouda Puff Pastry Pinwheel Appetizer

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