Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels
Store-bought puff pastry rolled around cheese and spinach makes for easy, elegant, irresistible Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels! No matter the occasion, Puff Pastry Appetizers are always a hit.
With just a few simple ingredients and some tips on how to work with puff pastry, you’ll dazzle everyone who samples these, whether as a snack, at a cocktail party, luncheon, tailgate or dinner party! Pinwheel Recipes are simple and impressive!
Why You Must Make
Oh, boy, these Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels were marvelous! Even the two cold leftover cheesy pinwheels I found in the fridge after our book club meeting tasted amazing.
- This is an uncomplicated recipe that yields an impressive, gourmet appetizer. Just use a good quality puff pastry and you’ll receive high praise with minimal effort.
- You can shake up the cheese or add a layer of prosciutto.
- The options are endless. If you’re hosting any sort of gathering this year, you will want to whip up a batch of this puff pastry appetizer. They won’t disappoint.
- Using packaged puff pastry makes for quick, out-of-this-world appetizers, whether for pinwheels, baked brie or savory tarts. But knowing the best way to store, prepare and bake with puff pastry helps your recipes turn out perfectly every single time.
- PRO-Tip: Purchase a high-quality frozen puff pastry. Check for butter in the ingredients. Brands using oils instead of butter will not taste nearly as good. The butter-based brands will cost more, but they’re definitely worth the higher price. I use (affiliate links) Dufour brand, but Trader Joe’s occasionally carries a less expensive version around the holidays. I find Dufour at Whole Foods and Fresh Market locally.
- Defrost your puff pastry as directed on the package. Keep it in the refrigerator until ready to layer on the toppings.
- Work on a lightly floured silicone baking sheet when rolling out my puff pastry. Note: you don’t want to cut on this surface.
- Dust your work surface with a little flour to prevent sticking.
- When you spread the toppings over the puff pastry, you’ll want to leave about a 1/2-inch gap clear of toppings at one long side so the puff pastry will adhere to itself after it’s rolled.
- The egg wash works both as glue for where the puff pastry meets after rolling as well as a glaze to assist with sheen and browning. This is one of those recipes that will always draw rave reviews!
- PRO-Tip: The simple rule is to have the dough COLD and the oven HOT. This will ensure that it “puffs” to the fullest when baking these Spinach Muenster Pinwheels.
- Therefore, you may need to rechill the pinwheels before popping them in the oven, as the puff pastry can warm up as you work with it.
- This recipe is baked at 400º, which is an ideal heat for baking puff pastry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can make these the night before, store them unbaked in an airtight container with plastic wrap separating the layers and covering the top. Just bake as directed, adding on a minute or two if needed to the baking time.
Or you can bake them the night before, and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator after they’ve cooled. Just reheat briefly in a 375-degree oven until heated through.
Yes, the leftovers can be frozen for a month or so if kept in an airtight container. Bake right from the freezer adding on a few more minutes to compensate for their frozen state.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They can be frozen also, as mentioned above.
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Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels
No matter the occasion, these buttery Muenster and Spinach pinwheels are always a hit.
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup shredded Muenster
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 sheet puffed pastry (I used Dufour brand), thawed in refrigerator
- 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed very, very dry
- Preheat oven to 400º. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
- Beat egg and water together in a small bowl; set aside.
- Stir Muenster, Parmesan and garlic powder together. Set aside.
- Lightly flour work surface. Unfold thawed puff pastry and roll lightly with a floured rolling pin. Brush surface with beaten egg. Top with cheese mixture, then evenly top with thawed spinach.
- Starting at the short end, roll up like a jelly roll. Slice at 1/2 inch intervals and place rounds on baking sheets. Brush with egg wash.
- Bake 15 minutes or till golden brown. Remove to wire racks and let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Remember that puff pastry bakes best in a hot oven and when the puff pastry is cold. Put your cut pinwheels into the refrigerator to chill a bit if needed before baking.
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Serving Size:1 pinwheel
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
91 Comments on “Muenster and Spinach Pinwheels”
These are the perfect party food.
Dufour puff pastry is the best commercial brand I’ve ever used. And this looks so wonderful, nothing but the best is good enough! Nice flavors, and it looks so great. And thank you for your thoughts about the shooting – such a tragic event, and not posting on Monday is a terrific idea.
Yum! I’m not sure any would make it to the serving plate 😉
These look and sound great Liz! You can’t go wrong with puff pastry!
I love the ease and simplicity of this. This is definitely a must-try!
I miss puff pastry. When I make them for my gluten eating friends they are finished in seconds.
Hi Lizzy, the pinwheels look incredibly delicious! Hope to try it out one day!
Although I do love sweets, sometimes the best dessert is something savoury with lots of cheese, right? These cheese and spinach pinwheels look and sound fantastic, and I wouldn’t mind a plate with a glass of wine 🙂
We love your beautiful appetizer, and can envision making it with other greens as well — perhaps chard, or beet greens, or even mustard or turnip greens. We’re going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on super healthy greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies.
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These look really delicious Lizzy and tempting!!
Happy Sunday, Lizzy! These pinwheels look absolutely incredible!
Lizzy , these cheesy pinwheels look pretty tasty ! Love it !
Any time you combine cheese and puff pastry I’ll be the first one on line! 🙂
Muenster is such a flavorful cheese. This is a great appetizer or even lunch for me!
These are hard days in which to try and do life ‘normally,’ aren’t they. I feel more than a bit guilty going through life as usual when the families up north are dealing with so much loss and grief. The spirals do look delicious though, and we DO have to eat and continue living. If we don’t do these things, they win.
Before you know it you ate half of them and don´t even want to eat the real dinner. Gorgeous! And I bet they freeze so well too.
Very pretty and mighty tasty I’m sure:@)
Thank you for this ever-so-elegant but do-able recipe, Liz.
Looking forward to baking these Muenster Spinach Pinwheels and eating them!
I have never heard of this one, but it sounds pretty delicious.
I love how easy puff pastry makes appies – this flavour combination sounds delicious!
Yes, it seems a nice treat for a girls party:) you really are good at it:) have a blessed Sunday.