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Game Day Pinwheels

It’s been a wild week around our house so we’re all looking forward to a fun, relaxing weekend and can’t wait to watch the big game this Sunday.  I’m pretty sure I’ll  be watching with one eye on the game and the other on my sewing project.

There’s four things I really love about the Super Bowl:

  1. Food.
  2. More food.
  3. Commercials – How smart are those ad agencies?  They’ve actually made folks excited to watch the ads.  Including me…. aka the Guppy.
  4. I can sew while I’m watching it.

Yes.  I do like football.  But mostly I like college football.  So the Super Bowl is really just an excuse to make a bunch of fun appetizers and eat.  One look around pinterest and you’ll see lots of fun appetizer ideas.

So here’s my contribution to the big Game Day food party:

Pigskin Pinwheels

Have you made puff pastry pinwheels before?  They are super easy and delicious.  There are lots of recipe out there with varied fillings.  I’ve tried several different recipes and this one is one of my favorites.  Plus it’s not too snooty for a football game.

Here are the ingredients.  Puff Pastry, Ham, Gruyere, Parmesan, Mustard (I like Honey Mustard for this recipe) and pepper.

Thaw the puff pastry but keep it in the refrigerator, you’ll want to keep it really cold to make working with it easier.  Unfold one puff pastry sheet on a floured surface.  I love to use my pastry frame.  You can use it as is, but I always roll my out a little before adding my toppings.

Before adding the mustard be aware that you will need a 3/4 inch section along the long top of your pastry for sealing the edges.  Now that you know, add the mustard…

and spread it out evenly.

Next layer the ham.  I cut the pieces in half for the edges to they are straight and clean.  I’m using a good Black Forest Ham today.  Notice the clean edge at the top.

Then layer the Gruyere.  YUM.  Ham and Gruyere are a match made in Heaven.  Just be sure your cheese is very thinly sliced.  If you like, you could also use Swiss.

Add some cracked pepper.

And some grated Parmesan.

Wet the top of the pastry with a little water on your finger.

Then roll the whole thing up.

It couldn’t be easier.

Once it’s rolled use a little more water on your finger to seal the edge, otherwise your pinwheels will open up wide when they are cooking.  If all you’d like to make is pinwheels, you can skip what’s next.

If you are making little footballs then press the whole roll into an oval shape.  Then pinch down the edges to make it roughly a football shape.

It’s helpful, but not necessary to wrap it all up tight in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for an hour or so.  You can even make it a day ahead.

Slice it into 1/2 inch slices with a sharp knife.  Just an FYI, I quickly moved my roll to the cutting board since it was getting mustard on my pastry frame.

Place them an inch or so apart on a WELL greased cookie sheet.  If you have a silpat, I’m jealous of you, and by all means use it.

Bake them at 400 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, until golden brown.   Because it’s puff pastry, it does PUFF while baking and loose the football shape a bit.

But once you top them with a little mustard football strings… they are unmistakably footballs!

In addition to eating pinwheels, I’ll probably be sewing pinwheels during the game… or broken dishes….  and laughing at funny commercials.  Sounds like a perfect weekend.

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6 Responses to “Game Day Pinwheels”

  • Dana:

    I’m pretty sure that Alex Smith & the Sab Francisco 49ers didn’t make it to the Super Bowl. Maybe next year.

  • Dana:

    Guess I can’t spell today (San Francisco 49ers)

  • Calli:

    Dang, you just ruined my day! Can you tell I don’t follow NFL football well. I thought they were going! Oh well I’ll always have my stitching.

    • Dana:

      Oh by the way, your blog was my favorite for about a year before I found out you were Leslie’s daughter. Great job!

      • Calli:

        After picking himself up off the ground from laughing at me, me husband insisted I remove the references to Alex Smith in my post to save what might be left of my pride. Then he gently asked if I need a vacation or something else. He said I knew that SF had lost since I was in the same room when the game was on two week ago. Huh.

  • YUMMO! I make these with pizza sauce, bacon/salami and cheese. But never tried this version, which I shall do very soon. Thanks.
    And the superbowl was aired in Australia live, much to my dissappointment because it knocked out Dr Phil. Which I would have much rather watched. Sorry its not big in our country.

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