I love coming up with new ideas for my party nibbles and these pesto pinwheels are so super easy to make and you can flavour them in so many different ways using your favourite pesto filling.
Super Easy Pesto Pinwheels
When it comes to my kitchen crafting on the build-up to Christmas when I’m beavering away making all sorts of things I like to keep things as simple and easy for myself as possible.
To this end I choose to use ready-made bought in puff pastry for my pesto pinwheels. After-all why reinvent the proverbial wheel, or in this case the pinwheel.
The keen reader will know that I have something of a passion for pesto and make it all the time. In fact I even wrote a book about it;
With over 75 different types of pesto from standard herbal pestos to using veggies. Pestos made from weeds too.
Even pesto made from fruits as dessert sauces. Plus lots of fun recipes for using your pestos.
Ingredients for pesto pinwheels
I’m using a classic basil and pine nut pesto in my pinwheels. You can use any pesto you like. The only other ingredient is ready-made puff pastry.
For the pesto you will need
Basil, pine nuts, olive oil, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese.
When you are making pesto for these pinwheels you want to keep it as a spread like consistency. So go easy on the olive oil and just pulse in the food processor so you don’t get carried away and make too runny a pesto.
How to make pesto pinwheels
Once you’ve made your pesto just roll out the pastry to a rectangular shape about 3mm thick and spread the pesto paste all over.
Now roll it up into a long sausage shape from the longest edge.
Cut into rounds about 5mm wide and place these on a lined baking sheet spaced well apart and bake for approximately 15 minutes till golden.
How long will pinwheels last
If you store these in an airtight box they will keep for up to 3 days.
This easy recipe for pesto pinwheels comes from my Naughty & Nice Edible Gifts For Christmas eBook.
Looking for more super simple savoury nibbles to make at home? Then check these out before you go;
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Super Easy Savoury Pesto Pinwheels
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 2 tbso fresh basil minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp parmesan grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pack puff pastry
- Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking sheet
- Toast pine nuts in a dry pan for 1 minute till golden and aromatic
- Whazz all ingredients in processor using enough oil to make a spreadable paste
- Once you've made your pesto just roll out the pastry to a rectangular shape about 3mm thick and spread the pesto paste all over.
- Now roll it up into a long sausage shape from the longest edge.
- Cut into rounds about 5mm wide and place these on a lined baking sheet spaced well apart and bake for approximately 15 minutes till golden.
- Cool on a wire rack and then store in an airtight box.