These holiday months, I find it’s a good idea to always have a few sure-fire appetizers at the ready for drop-in guests. I love making pinwheels–they’re easy to put together and make a big impression. Who doesn’t love cheese and buttery, flaky pastry? Of course, adding a Sukhi’s touch is easy by mixing in one of the delicious pickles or chutneys. Try different flavor combinations, like tomato and Gruyère cheese; carrot pickle and soft ricotta; mango chutney and roasted chicken…Just keep lots of the chutneys and pickles on hand as well as a few packages of puff pastry in the freezer and you’ll be ready to go.
Basic Cheese and Tomato Chutney Pinwheel
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3 ounce package), thawed
- 3/4 cup finely grated Gruyère cheese
- 2-3 tbsp Sukhi's Tomato Chutney
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 egg, beaten to blend
Place pastry sheet on a lightly floured, clean work surface. Cut in half forming two rectangles.
Brush half of tomato chutney on one side of the rectangle, leaving 1/2-inch border along one side; top chutney with half of cheese and cilantro.
Brush plain border with egg glaze. Starting at border opposite the glazed border, roll the pastry lengthwise like a jellyroll, pressing gently on egg glaze to seal the border.
Place seal side down and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining pastry sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. CAN BE MADE 2 DAYS AHEAD TO THIS POINT.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut logs crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds and place evenly, about 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake until pastries are golden brown and puffed, about 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve.