With a traditional combination of flour tortillas, spreadable cheese, and your deli meat of choice (or you can stick to a veggie option), pinwheel sandwich recipes make the perfect option for a packed lunch. These days, there are so many different varieties to spice things up, so why not try something different?
🧁 Pinwheel Sandwich Recipes
A pinwheel sandwich is pretty much a large flour tortilla with a selection of ingredients arranged on it.
It is then rolled up and sliced into about 6 slices to make fun little pinwheels.
Think of them as little sandwich sushi.
They are perfect for lunchboxes as they can be made ahead of time, and can hold a variety of different ingredients, meaning they can be super simple for fussy eaters, or a wee bit fancy for those with a more sophisticated palette.
These bite-sized sandwiches would also make a great easy appetizer when hosting your next party or game day as they can be made in bulk ahead of time and simply pulled from the fridge when it comes time to serve.
They make perfect easy-to-serve finger food and can be served as is, or with mini cocktail skewers in each pinwheel.
They also make a great after-school snack!
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🧂 Ingredients You Need
There are so many variations you can make with these fun tortilla roll-ups.
You can use regular tortillas, whole wheat tortillas, or for something more fun spinach or sundried tomato tortillas.
Opt for the large burrito-size tortillas as they tend to be easier to roll.
Medium size tortillas can work also, but they tend to be a little stiffer, so may need to be heated a little before being stuffed and rolled.
Grab your favorite ingredients and get rolling.
Why not try adding:
- a sprinkle of finely chopped green onions or chives mixed with spreadable cheese for simple cream cheese pinwheels;
- a sour cream and cream cheese spread with some beef mince sprinkled with taco seasoning for a Mexican spin;
- a selection of deli meat, provolone cheese, and pepperoncini for some Italian pinwheels;
- finely chopped red bell peppers with cream cheese, shredded cheese, and pepperoni for pizza pinwheels;
- some shredded rotisserie chicken, cucumber, baby spinach, and cream cheese spread for a twist on a classic chicken salad sandwich;
- some shredded leftover chicken breast with buffalo sauce and cheese for some simple buffalo chicken pinwheels;
- some leftover turkey or turkey slices for simple turkey pinwheels. I like to pair this version with some cranberry sauce during the holiday season for an easy make-ahead party appetizer.
💭 Important Teaching Tips
Once the pinwheels are ready, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the fridge until they are ready to be used.
They should last about 24 hours.
However, please note that the longer they sit in the fridge the soggier they may become depending on what ingredients you have rolled inside.
For this reason, I personally prefer to serve them within about 6 hours of making them, unless you don't mind a slightly soggy tortilla.
Variation: you could use thawed puff pastry instead of tortillas to make baked pinwheels. Simply follow the instructions but use puff pastry instead, and bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until cooked and crispy.
🍽 Serving Tortilla Roll-Ups
If serving as pinwheel appetizers then simply serve on a large platter plate with a small selection of mini wooden toothpicks to make them easy to pick up.
If serving in a lunchbox just go on ahead and pop them in there.
👪 Frequently Asked Questions
Try to avoid wet ingredients, like iceberg lettuce and juicy tomatoes in your pinwheel. If you are using wetter ingredients then try to make a barrier between them and the tortilla with something on the dry side, lile baby spinach.