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A couple of shortcuts make Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels a snap to prepare! These easy pinwheel appetizers are ideal for all sorts of occasions! Try them on game day, for cocktail or dinner parties or big family gatherings!

Just stock up on a few items like frozen puff pastry, a chunk of Gruyere cheese and packaged prosciutto. You’ll be happy you did!

Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels on a white plate with a fork

Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels

Between cookie exchanges, Christmas parties, and New Year’s celebrations, my kitchen is hopping this time of year. I was invited to cocktails with some fun ladies one Friday night, and I knew I couldn’t arrive empty-handed.

My fridge was full of marvelous Gourmet Garden herbs. They’re the perfect way to get fresh flavors into your recipe when your garden’s bounty has succumbed to autumn’s frost. I pulled some puff pastry from my freezer and started brainstorming about the delicious savory pinwheels I could make. This prosciutto, Gruyere and basil version was perfect with a nice crisp glass of white wine around a roaring fire.

Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels on a white tray

Tips for Making These Easy Pinwheel Appetizers

  • Once my puff pastry was thawed, I gave it a quick roll to smooth the seams, brushed it with egg wash, then put a thin layer of a mixture of Gourmet Garden’s Basil Paste and Garlic Paste…kind of like an instant pesto.
  • Next, I sprinkled the pastry with grated Gruyere, then layered with wafer-thin slices of prosciutto.
  • Rolled, sliced and baked till golden and crispy, these pinwheels were both easy and elegant. How often does that happen?
  • Remember that puff pastry works best when the dough is cold and the oven is hot.
  • If your kitchen is warm or your dough sits out too long, it would be wise to put your baking sheet with the unbaked pinwheels into the refrigerator to cool off for a bit.

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Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels

Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels

An easy semi-homemade appetizer using puff pastry and packaged prosciutto

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 20 pinwheels


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Basil Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Garlic Paste
  • 4 ounces, very thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 14 ounce sheet all butter frozen puff pastry, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 400º. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. Beat egg and water together in small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Stir together basil and garlic paste. Set aside.
  4. Lightly flour work surface. Roll out puff pastry lightly...just to smooth. Brush surface with beaten egg. Spread basil-garlic mixture over surface, then sprinkled with cheese. Arrange prosciutto over top of cheese.
  5. Starting at short end, roll up dough like a jelly roll. Slice at scant 1/2 inch intervals and place rounds on baking sheets. Brush with egg wash.
  6. If dough has become warm, pop in the refrigerator to chill for a bit.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or till golden brown. Remove to wire racks and cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 325mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
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52 comments on “Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels”

  1. My kitchen is also in hyper-drive. I feel like I’m living on adrenalin and every day needing more and more of it until Dec 25. These pinwheels looks really good and I love that range of herbs – so convenient and handy! xx

  2. With prosciutto, cheese, and basil….It is so my type of starter!!!! Pinned!

  3. I have a serious obsession with pinwheels, but I can’t believe I’ve never tried a baked version! This will be made for Christmas!

  4. These would be a huge crowd pleaser with my family. They are so pretty too. I love just having lots of good snacks around during the holidays.

  5. I love pinwheels of all sorts – one of my favorite appetizers. They’re so easy, but people are always like “you MADE these?!?!” Prosciutto and gruyere sounds just terrific.

  6. So elegant and tasty! I could eat that entire tray.

  7. Now, these are the perfect party appetizers. Pinning this for this weekend.

  8. Now these are some beautiful looking pinwheels. I bet your kitchen is hopping… it’ usually pretty busy.. but this time of year is crazy fun with all that’s going on. 🙂

  9. I love puff pastry pinwheels and I definitely think you’ve improved on a classic!

  10. Liz, these look like a fun recipe to try and I’d love them if I could do them a day ahead. Thanks for the great appetizer.

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