Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pinwheels

by Kelli on March 3, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pinwheels

I’m totally dragging this morning.  If someone could send some coffee my way that would be great.  Really, really great!  Please, help.

Why is it that I can wake up at 7am on Saturday, fresh faced and bursting with energy, yet when the alarm goes off at the same time on Monday morning it still feels like it’s the middle of the night.

Moving on…I’d like to start this week with a tip from my kitchen.  I recommend keeping frozen puff pastry in your freezer at all times.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pinwheels

I’ve made my own puff pastry two, maybe three times.  I learned one thing from this process, I do not have the patience to make puff pastry.

I can totally see how this can be totally cathartic for some people, but it made me want to pull-my-hair-out.  Instead, I’m more than happy to rely on Pepperidge Farm.  I feel every so slightly hypocritical saying this since I’m all about everything homemade….except when it comes to puff pastry.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pinwheels

So, back to keeping puff pastry in your freezer at all times.  There are hundreds of uses for puff pastry, it’s so handy.  One of my favorites….when you need hors d’oeuvres in a snap…puff pastry saves the day.

We talked about Roasted Red Pepper Pesto last week.  Well, second to tossing it with a giant bowl of pasta, Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels is my favorite way to use this sauce.

I like to think of these Pesto Pinwheels as a 5-minute appetizer.  Yes, all in all this savory snack takes a bit more time when you account for defrosting the puff pastry and cook time, but the hands time is just 5 minutes.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pinwheels

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pinwheels

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 16-20 pinwheels

Ingredients

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg and water.

Unfold the thawed puff pastry onto a lightly floured work surface. Lightly brush with a small about of the egg mixture. Spread the roasted red pepper pesto over the top of the puff pastry. Starting at the short side that's closest to you, roll the puff pastry as you would a jelly roll. Cut into 1/2-inch slices. Place the slices cut-side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with the egg mixture.

Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.

Serve immediately.

Notes

Alternatively, you can use basil pesto or sundried tomato and olive tapenade.

http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/roasted-red-pepper-pesto-pinwheels/

Enjoy!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) March 3, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Um…story of my life. And I literally just thought that to myself this morning. I woke up today early (and we don’t have work due to snow), but cannot for the life of me wake up early on an actual normal work day. And it makes no sense since I got zero sleep last night due to thee Oscars etc.

We had to make puff pastry in school a million times (ugh), but I agree, it is normally NOT worth the effort at all! These look so good Kelli!

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Kelli March 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

A Monday snow day sounds like the best treat ever! Culinary school was the only time I made puff pastry…after that I was happy to never do it again. Thanks, Laura!

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Julia March 3, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Right there with ya on the dragging booty front!! I’m on my second half-pot o’ coffee and wish someone would magically put more caffeine in it ;) These pinwheels are sooooo cute and cozy! Love the idea of wrapping roasted red pepper pesto hummus all up in the little pinwheel spins!

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Kelli March 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I think I need to follow your lead on the extra caffeine today. Thanks, lady!

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ashley - Baker by Nature March 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Ahhh I love these! They’re so pretty and party perfect.

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Kelli March 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Thanks so much, Ashley!

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain March 3, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Gurrrl, I totally feel ya. Bring on the caffeine! Oh, and 47 of these little delicious pinwheels too!

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Kelli March 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Caffeine and pinwheels…..done and done! Thanks, Lauren!

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Marisa March 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Love these! This is the first recipe I’ve seen that doesn’t include cheese–thank you! Your photos are gorgeous as well.

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Kelli March 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Thanks, Marisa! There is actually a bit of cheese in the pesto….assuming you follow this pesto recipe, but if you want to go cheese-less, I’m sure you can also find one that doesn’t contain cheese.

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough March 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Ohhhh yes, definitely keep puff pastry on hand at all times, that’s one of my life mantras. You never know when you’ll want to eat approximately 3,245 of these red pepper pesto pinwheels (which is all the time)!

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Kelli March 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I knew I could count on you to agree with you! Thanks, Steph!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) March 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Gosh these look absolutely perfect!

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Kelli March 4, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Aww, thanks, Jocelyn!

P.S. I’m still dreaming about your sweet potato pound cake!! Making it this week!

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Tieghan March 4, 2014 at 12:05 AM

I hear you, I sort of feel like I am always dragging, but monday is the worst! These look so good though, wish I had some!

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Kelli March 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Thanks, Tieghan…..I would happily trade pinwheels for your cereal bars :)

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen March 4, 2014 at 4:13 AM

I love puff pastry and roasted red pepper pesto so I am positive these would be fabulous! Can’t wait to try these next time I have people over – I think they might just be the perfect appy!

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Kelli March 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

These pinwheels are practically calling your name! Thanks, Ceara!

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Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens March 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I’m trying to figure out a way to serve this at every meal. These pinwheels are a fantastic appetizer on my way to Roasted Red Pepper Pesto world domination!!

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Kelli March 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Yesss….this is totally acceptable for every meal! Loving the way you think!

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Joanne March 5, 2014 at 7:09 AM

I haven’t yet attempted my own puff pastry either…it’s something I know I SHOULD do at least once…but I just haven’t worked up the courage. :P

These pinwheels are so fun! I love roasted red pepper pesto, so I would probably eat these nonstop if I made them!

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Kelli March 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Hmmm, maybe I should have put a warning on these things, because I devoured them in no time. Thanks, Joanne!

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WearEatLove March 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Great last minute party food! I’m making some right now.

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Kelli March 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Agreed…these are perfect for a last minute party snack! Thanks!

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