I am about to head to NYC and am trying to beat some snow, so I am going to make this quick. I am so excited to spend some time in New York City at Christmastime. I have not been during the holidays since I was in high school and it is my absolute favorite. I going to spend some time eating my way around the city with my sister and seeing the sites. And I’ll through some work in there too.
When I have people over for dinner, I usually do not do much in the way of appetizers. At the most, I set out some nuts or a cheese tray. I focus my energies on the main course and dessert (obviously). But during the holidays, it seems like I need to have appetizers at the ready. Doesn’t it feel like like from October until New Year’s, you need to bring an appetizer every where you go? I like to keep a few things in my freezer for “just in case”. You can make a few of these at a time and keep them for when you need an emergency appetizer.
These ham and cheese pinwheels are one of my favorites. A little retro, but everyone loves them. I updated my grandmother’s version a touch with fresh rosemary, Dijon mustard, and honey. I love sweet and savory, and it works perfectly with the cheese and ham. I love these with a glass of wine and good friends.
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed according to package directions)
6 thin slices ham
1 1/2 cups Sargento Fine Cut Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
In a small bowl, mix together Dijon, honey, rosemary, and pepper. Set aside.
Roll puff pastry out on a floured surface.
Spread a thin layer of mustard all over the puff pastry.
Add half of the cheese.
Add the ham layer.
Top with cheese.
Roll the dough lengthwise to form a pinwheel. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes. Or you can keep in the freezer for another time.
Slice into thin, 1/2-inch pieces using a sharp knife.
Place the slices on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven until golden brown. You can reheat these in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes if needed.