These buttery Sundried Tomato Fontina Puff Pinwheels are an amazing and oh-so-simple appetizer to make. The sundried tomato pesto and fontina cheese are the perfect match-up and they bake in no time flat. You can serve these delicious pinwheels for both elegant and casual gatherings. Either way, they're guaranteed to be a crowd favorite.
Sundried Tomato Fontina Puff Pinwheels
Appetizers like these puff pastry pinwheels are always a welcome site on the appetizer table. This same technique would work equally well using a basil pesto with fontina cheese, or even a prepared olive tapanade to save time. If you're feeling really sassy you could do all three and shake things up with a trio of pinwheels.
Tips for Making Puff Pastry Pinwheels
Puff pastry is one of those ingredients that makes perfect sense to buy rather than make. It's a great quality ingredient and readily available in most grocery stores.
- Thaw the puff pastry per the package directions for the very best results.
- I find, that using an offset spatula works best for spreading the cream cheese and sundried tomato pesto. If you don't have one, don't sweat it, use the back of a spoon or a knife.
- For a time saver, you may assemble this in advance. To do so, assemble and roll the puff pastry jellyroll style. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place into the fridge to keep chilled.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the puff pastry into rounds to prevent it from smashing, reshaping by hand as needed.
- Don't be tempted to overfill, or the filling will drip out of the pastry and onto your guest. Less is more.
- Another easy appetizer recipe you may like are these Parmesan Puff Pastry Pinwheels from Home Made Interest.
Simple Flavors Pack a Punch of Tomato Flavor
These pinwheels are crispy and buttery and the intense tomato flavor from the pesto adds just the right balance in flavor. I've served these sundried tomato pinwheels as a starter, an appetizer, as a snack and for tea parties with the girls. There's simply no wrong time to enjoy these Mediterranean inspired beauties.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Sundried Tomato Fontina Puff Pinwheels
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
- 1 5.6 oz garlic chive soft spreadable cheese i.e. Alouette or Boursin
- 3 tablespoon sundried tomato sandwich spread or pesto
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup finely shredded fontina cheese
- 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Thaw the puff pastry per the package directions. On a lightly floured non stick surface Roll into roughly a 16 x 12 inch rectangle.
- Spread the softened cheese from end to end. Top with the sundried tomato pesto. Spread evenly.
- Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and shredded fontina cheese.
- Begin to roll starting with the widest edge ending seam side down.
- Use a sharp knife to cut into 24 equal pieces. Place onto the baking sheet at least 1 ½-inches apart. Brush the top and sides with beaten egg wash.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden. Serve with additional sundried tomato pesto on the side.
Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
I can't wait to try this - I love everything about it!!
Hi sweet Jamie! Thank you so much so simple and tasty.
Kay | Cooking with K
I love everything about these ingredients...some of my favorites! Perfect for New Year's Eve...
Hi Kay, thank you I love thee little treats, too.
Hi, Melissa! Where do you buy the sun dried tomato pesto? Can i make it from scratch? These pinwheels sound delish and I am anxious to make them! Thankyou, and Happy New Year!
Hi Dolly, you can find it in several places in the grocery store. sometimes it's on the same aisle as the Italian pasta sauces and sometimes near the olives and pickles. If all else fails, just purchase whole sundried tomatoes and chop or grind them into a paste.