While on our cruise up the east coast of the United States and Canada, we were looking for new and different dishes that we could share. We were directed to a pub in Quebec for the best lobster rolls, as it turned out we didn't have lobster rolls, but, we had a terrific meal starting with Pepperoni pinwheels and deep fried pepperoni.......trust me, this was all Wee Bear!! We loved the pinwheels and I decided to recreate them.
With football season here and the holiday's on their way, this is a quick, easy, and make-ahead appetizer. These delicate little pinwheels are absolutely delicious, positively addicting, and devoured by adults and children alike. Oh, and the smell of these while they are baking? Pizzeria comes to mind.
This appetizer can be made in advance (perfect for the Holiday rush). Just roll them up and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag for up to one month. Defrost the rolls in the freezer before slicing and continue with the recipe.
Two roll Pepperoni
1 package puff pastry
That's it! Easy Squeezy!!
Normally I like to make my own puff pastry, however there are a few acceptable options in the freezer section at the grocery. If you can find Dufour, it is a all butter puff pastry that bakes up nicely with tremendous flavor. I found it at my Whole Foods. Most stores have Pepperidge Farm, and with the strong flavor of the pepperoni in this recipe....I think it will be fine.
I prefer the taste of log pepperoni and used that in my recipe, however, you could use the slices. I just peel off the casing, give it a rough chop, and then throw it in my food processor to finely mince the pepperoni.
Spread the pepperoni mixture over the puff pastry, and roll up!
|This picture is the other mixture I used, bacon and cheese. Same technique.|
Bake the pinwheels just before your guests arrive and serve warm and within the hour. Any leftovers can be refreshed in a 350º F oven for 5 minutes, but I doubt there will be any leftovers. Perfect for a Holiday get together and lovely for a cocktail party. Give this a try, you won't be disappointed!
These golden brown rounds are everything you want in an appetizer, lots of pepperoni flavor, everything you want in a recipe!