This Walnut Blue Cheese Pinwheels recipe is so easy and versatile that you could use it for any event. Whether you’ve got a football or Super Bowl party or you’re planning an Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, your guests will love this delicious appetizer.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but when we lived overseas, I was fortunate enough to go to culinary school for bakery. It was a dream come true. For months and months, I did nothing but bake all day, every day.
We mostly made bread, but during one of our classes, we made a bleu cheese puff pastry that knocked my socks off! The thing that surprised me the most is that I DO NOT like bleu cheese, but these little guys were out of this world.
We spent hours and hours making those delicious blue cheese puff pastries, and although I loved them, I knew that they were not something I had the time for at home. Puff pastry is not quick or easy to make if you haven’t made it before. Luckily, back in the United States, it’s easy to find freezer puff pastry at the grocery store, so I was inspired to come up with a recipe that has a lot of the same flavor of what we made in class.
HOW TO MAKE WALNUT BLUE CHEESE PINWHEEL APPETIZERS
This walnut blue cheese pinwheel appetizer is so easy and only calls for 4 ingredients. This is truly one of those appetizers you can have completely done in 30 minutes or less. Another great thing about them is that they can be made ahead of time.
WHAT YOU NEED:
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KITCHEN TOOLS NEEDED:
- Frozen puff pastry
- Bleu cheese
- Chopped walnuts
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How do i make this appetizer ahead of time?
There’s a couple of ways that you can make them ahead of time. You can make them up to 24 hours in advance and store them in an airtight container. Then when you’re ready to serve them, place them on a baking sheet in the oven at 450 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
The other way to make them ahead of time is to freeze them. Take them out of the freezer about 30 minutes ahead of time and then follow the instructions above.
How do I freeze the pinwheels?
Freeze the pinwheels on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen you can move them to a ziploc bag, and they should keep for up to 3 months. See our tips above for reheating.
What if I don’t like blue cheese?
The fact that you’re even looking at this recipe tells me that you’re more than likely already a blue cheese fan, but if for some reason you’re here and you’re not a fan, don’t be afraid to try these walnut blue cheese pinwheels. The blue cheese is not overwhelming, and it doesn’t even look like blue cheese once they are baked.
If you’re still not convinced (did you see that I DO NOT like bleu cheese, but I love these?), you could replace it with another sharp cheese. Parmesan or a very sharp aged cheddar would be great substitutions. The sharper the better in my opinion!
Is it bleu or blue cheese?
Both! If you’re at the grocery store looking for your cheese, you may run across both spellings and wonder why. Bleu is the French spelling, so it’s very common to see both “bleu” and “blue” on product labels.
How do you serve the walnut blue cheese pinwheels?
This is the perfect recipe for so many events, and they’re so fast and easy that they’ll easily become your “go to” appetizer recipe. You really don’t need to do anything fancy to serve them. They look impressive enough on their own, so just set them on a plate and watch them disappear. Buffalo wing sauce and ranch dressing make great dipping sauces to serve with the pinwheels. Here are a few of our favorite times to serve them:
- a Superbowl or football watching party
- something to snack on before Thanksgiving or Christmas meals
- Easter or Mother’s Day brunch
While these pinwheels are a great appetizer recipe, they are also quick enough to make for a fun snack. Everyone in my household loves them, though I do admit that I haven’t told my kids they are made with bleu cheese. They would probably start turning their noses up at them all of a sudden.
So, are you a bleu cheese fan? There are more ways to use it than just on a salad. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments. And, if you make this recipe, please let me know what you think!
- 1 Frozen puff pastry
- 1/4 cup Butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 cup Chopped walnuts
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/205 degrees C.
- Allow your puff pastry to thaw according to the instructions on the packaging.
- Lightly flour your surface and the top of the puff pastry. Roll the pastry dough to thin it out just a bit.
- Spread the butter over the entire pastry dough withholding about 1 inch from one side of the dough to help it seal when you roll it.
- Spread the blue cheese and walnuts evenly over the top of the dough, also withholding 1 inch from the side of one side of the dough.
- Roll the dough as tightly as possible starting opposite of the side with no toppings.
- Once rolled, seal the edge by applying a small amount of water with the tip of your finger to the edge of the dough with no topping. Pinch the edge closed.
- Trim the uneven edges from the rolled dough, and cut the remainder of the dough in 1/2" slices.
- Place the pinwheels on a lined baking sheet and apply a light egg wash to the tops and sides of the pinwheels.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
The pinwheels can be made ahead of time and warmed prior to serving. To warm, place the pinwheels on a baking sheet in the oven at 450 degrees F/230 degrees C for 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 268Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 90mgSodium 320mgCarbohydrates 5gNet Carbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 7g
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