Puff Pastry Pizza Pinwheels are a fun way to enjoy pizza in appetizer form with all your favorite toppings rolled up in a tasty puff pastry. It’s brilliant finger food.
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This Puff Pastry Pizza Pinwheels recipe combines classic Italian flavors with the fluffiness of puff pastry for a truly delicious snack or appetizer. The puff pastry in this recipe is a store-bought sheet of puff pastry, which makes it perfect for busy hosts.
Since it’s so easy to make, you can whip up a batch in no time – perfect for when your kids come home from school or when you have unexpected guests drop by.
Ingredients You Need
- Ready-Rolled puff pastry – You can buy any brand of puff pastry roll that you like. They all work the same.
- Pizza sauce – Make your own pizza sauce or use store bought if you prefer. I always just make my own because it’s very quick with a can of pureed tomatoes and I think it tastes so much better.
- Grated mozzarella – If you’d like to switch things up you can use another cheese such as Monterey Jack for extra flavor, but mozzarella melts well and tastes good.
- Pepperoni slices – I use Hormel pepperoni. Use any brand you like, or try a different type of salami or chorizo. You can also use turkey pepperoni.
- Italian seasoning – Sub this with dried oregano, thyme, and sage, if you don’t have Italian seasoning.
How to Make Puff Pastry Pizza Pinwheels
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat so the pizza slices don’t stick to the baking sheet.
Unroll the pastry on a flat, clean work surface. Some puff pastry sheets have perforations on them. If yours does, gently push together the seams so they stay together. Spread the sauce evenly onto the pastry, leaving about 1” of space along one long side of the pastry.
Sprinkle on the cheese, then place the pepperoni evenly around the pastry. Sprinkle on the seasoning.
Starting from the long side of the pastry that has sauce all the way to the edge, roll the pastry tightly. When you come to the end without sauce, gently press to seal the roll.
Slice the roll into 1″ slices.
Place the slices flat on the parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Remove them from oven and let them cool for about 5 minutes before serving. You can serve with extra pizza sauce on the side, if you want.
Additional Helpful Tips
- Use parchment paper on your baking sheet for easier cleanup and to prevent sticking.
- If your puff pastry is frozen, make sure to thaw it in the refrigerator before using.
- Be mindful of not overloading the pinwheels with too much toppings, because it can squeeze out the side and make it difficult to roll.
- If you’re short on time, you can prepare the pinwheels in advance, refrigerate them, and bake just before serving. The unbaked pinwheels can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- You can also freeze the pizza slices on a plate or baking sheet that fits in your freezer. Once they’re frozen, you can put them all in a freezer container or bag and store them for up to 3 months. Pull them out when you’re ready to make them. You’ll need to add just a few minutes to the baking time.
Refrigerator: Place the cooled pinwheels in an airtight container or wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.
Freezer: Place the cooled pinwheels in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Label with the date and freeze for up to 2 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make vegetarian versions of the pinwheels?
Yes, you can! Skip the meat toppings and opt for vegetables like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or even plant-based alternatives like vegan pepperoni.
How do I prevent the pinwheels from becoming soggy?
To prevent sogginess, avoid spreading an excessive amount of sauce onto the puff pastry. Additionally, ensure the pinwheels are baked until golden brown and crispy.
Can I use homemade puff pastry instead of store-bought?
Yes, you can use homemade puff pastry if you prefer. Just ensure it’s rolled out to a similar thickness as the store-bought version.
How do I make my own Italian Seasoning?
To make your own Italian seasoning, combine equal parts of dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried parsley, and dried garlic powder. Mix well and store in an airtight container.
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Puff Pastry Pizza Pinwheels are a fun way to enjoy pizza in appetizer form with all your favorite toppings rolled up in a tasty puff pastry. It's brilliant finger food.
- 1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup grated mozzarella
- 1/2 cup pepperoni slices
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Unroll the pastry on a flat, clean work surface. Spread the sauce evenly onto the pastry, leaving about 1” of space along one long side.
- Sprinkle on the cheese, then place the pepperoni evenly around the pastry. Sprinkle on the seasoning.
- Starting from the long side that has sauce all the way to the edge, roll the pastry tightly. When you come to the end without sauce, gently press to seal the roll.
- Slice the roll into 1” slices.
- Place the pieces on the parchment paper lined sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving.