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Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels

Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels

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Prosciutto_Gruyere_and_Basil_PinwheelsBetween 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…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.

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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?

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Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil 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.

Yield: 20 pinwheels

Total time: 30 minutes

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51 comments on “Prosciutto, Gruyere and Basil Pinwheels”

  1. I love pinwheels and these flavors are wonderful, perfect for a holiday party!

  2. I’ve actually never had a pinwheel anything before…

  3. These would be perfect with a glass of wine. Now to make gluten-free puff pastry – quite a mission, I suspect.

  4. The pinwheels look beautiful Liz and it sounds like you had a very fun evening:@)

  5. I see what I’m making with the puff pastry I have in my freezer. I think this will be one of the appetizers I serve for New Years.

  6. Love the basil and garlic paste in here with the gruyere cheese and prosciutto, sounds delicious! Great appetizer for any party or gathering 🙂

  7. You know how crazy I am about prosciutto and these little pinwheels look so easy to make. I bet they are just packed with flavor! I see these on my holiday menu for sure.

  8. Love this flavor combination. They look so elegant, yet easy to make!

  9. Love your instant pesto idea! I can’t wait to try these pinwheels for our next get together!

  10. Liz, these are just beautiful!! I have puff pastry that I need to use and this would be a perfect recipe! I love it!!!

  11. There is absolutely no way you could go wrong by combining prosciutto, gruyere, and herbs! These sound addictive, Liz.

  12. I’ve been wanting to do an easy holiday cocktail gathering. These pinwheels are a great idea! I’ve trying to come up with ways to use up my puff pastry!

  13. These are perfect for a party and perfect for cocktails! I love this kind of party food that’s easy to pick up while holding a glass.

  14. I love anything with puff pastry for the holidays!! These pinwheels look perfect!!

  15. I’m in love with all of the flavors in these! Gorgeous, Liz!

  16. What perfect little pinwheels! Is it wrong to want these with my coffee this morning?

  17. Are these little bites of Heaven? Yes. Yes I think they are.

  18. I could eat a plate of of these! Do I have a problem.Liz? lol

  19. I love having puffed pastry in the freezer! So many terrific things you can do with it. These pinwheels are inspired! Really nice flavor pairing – thanks.

  20. This looks like the perfect thing to make on New Year’s Eve. Pinning!

  21. Liz!!!
    looks like your site is up and running again?! I LOVE these!!! I could eat puff pastry everyday. . gruyere cheese, basil, garlic and prosciutto?! oh my word! pass some over to me please! I am going to make these!!!

  22. Pinwheels are such a fun appetizer….these look delicious!

  23. What would we do without puff pastry in the freezer? In just a few minutes we can make something that looks like we’ve slaved over a hot oven for hours. I love your pinwheels!

  24. Gourmet Garden is on my radar! Even if I weren’t entertaining I’d still like to have this on hand. Your friends must have been thrilled to be on the receiving end of these!

  25. Love the fillings going on here! Beautiful and tasty!

  26. Nice flavor combination. Easy to whip up during this busy season. Thanks!

  27. I’m loving these savory bites, Liz. And who doesn’t love an appetizer that makes you like like a hero in guests eyes with minimum labor on the host’s part?

  28. i haven’t made these in a long time. They are always a favorite and oh, so good!

  29. You did such an amazing job on these pinwheels, they look so elegant!

  30. Pinwheels are always a party favorite and yours with the Gruyere, basil and prosciutto sounds absolutely delicious Liz! I have some Puff Pastry sitting in my freezer and I now know what I can do with it 🙂

  31. This is a killer combination of flavors Liz! They look dangerously good!

  32. These are gorgeous & party perfect! Love the combo of flavors you used, Liz!

  33. What a wonderful appetizer! I’m hosting a cookie party in a few weeks, and I think these would be the perfect addition to my table! Thank you for sharing!

  34. Pinwheels are such a great combo! Love this flavor combo!

  35. Oh… I had a pile of puff pastry in my spare freezer and then the freezer died and the pastry spoiled! This is a great recipe, as always, Lizzy

  36. Do you take in students, Liz?? Such awesome bakes! Oh, I’m holding another International Giveaway! Come & join my Win JollyChic $100 Shopping Spree At Luxury Haven!

  37. This is perfect for a holiday party! Thank you so much for using puffy pastry (for me!!). This looks really easy and I would love to try this. Never put basil in prosciutto and Gruyere combo, so this is a fun experiment for me! 🙂 They look amazing, Lizzy!

  38. These would make a great holiday party appetizer!

  39. These look so good but I am going to have to leave out the prosciutto, as I’m a vegetarian. But I am sure I could make a lovely vegetarian version of these, I bet they were a brilliant party food and I shall definitely keep these in mind for my next party. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful party food idea 🙂

  40. 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

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

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

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

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

  47. 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. 🙂

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

  49. 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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