Friday, March 27, 2009

Black Forest Ham and Jarlsburg Cheese Pinwheels

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These are so simple to make and a bit hit with your guests. The earthiness of the ham and cheese along with rich pesto is a treat for any palate. If you are looking for an easy appetizer, this can made a day ahead of time. Simply wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.


1 sheet puff pastry
2 - 3 T. prepared pesto
5 thin deli slices of Jarlsburg cheese
4 thin slices of deli black forest ham

Makes about 18 pinwheels

Defrost a sheet of puff pastry until able to unfold without cracking. Place onto a large plastic cutting board. Using a rolling pin and a pinch of flour sprinkled over dough, slightly flatten to smooth the dough.

Spread 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto over the puff pastry. If you need the other tablespoon, use it. Place four of the Jarlsburg slices in each of the four corners. Break one in half and place in the middle. Place the four pieces of the ham over the cheese. Carefully roll tightly the entire piece of prepared puff pastry. Chill for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the dough every half inch until the end is reached. Should be approximately 18 slices and you can simply double recipe to make more. Place about 12 per cookie sheet, giving about an inch in between to allow for cooking expansion.

Use a spatula to lift each one onto a beautiful serving platter. Serve immediately. Enjoy!