Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels


photo by: Tayi Sanusi – community manager

As Carla’s community manager, the recipe requests I get from the public never stop – And let me tell you, I love it! Nothing makes our team happier than knowing just how much her perspective on southern cuisine resonates with people from all walks of life. So, in the spirit of giving the people what they want, I’m going on a deep dive through the archives to bring you Carla’s most requested recipes.

Throwing a successful dinner party can feel like a tall order. Fortunately, with the right menu, it doesn’t have to be. I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s absolutely nothing wrong with incorporating some store-bought help that will make your life so much easier. These Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are unbelievably easy to make, and the frozen puff pastry delivers without the mess and hassle that comes with making it from scratch. These puppies make for a delectable hors d’oeuvre that’s sure to please.

Serves: 10

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes


1 block cream cheese – 8oz, softened

3 sprigs thyme – leaves only

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 cup green olives – chopped, for garnish

honey – for garnish

1 sheet puff pastry – thawed

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup gruyere – shredded

1/2 cup ham – sliced thin

1/2 orange – zested, for garnish

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, thyme, butter, gruyère, clove, and season with salt and pepper, and mix to combine.

Place the thawed puff pastry on a floured surface. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the puff pastry. Add the ham evenly over top.

Beginning with the short side of the pastry, roll to seal. Cut into 10 slices and place cut-side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire baking rack for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped olives, orange zest, and a drizzle of honey.

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