December 19, 2022

Holiday Recipe: Tortilla Pinwheels

Tis' the season not only for soup, but now, for festive snack foods. Here's one I made recently, after years of forgetting about them.

Tortilla Pinwheels

I used to make these as a holiday appetizer when my kids were little. They were much requested for holiday family get-togethers. When I stopped buying cream cheese, I stopped making them. One day I found myself wondering what to do with my abundance of ricotta cheese. which I use it to make gnocchi, gelato, biscuits, and salad dressing (all of those links will take you to the recipes!) As I mulled it over, the pinwheels came to mind; why couldn't I substitute ricotta for the cream cheese? I could and I did, and it put this item back on the menu. Easy and tasty.

Tortilla Pinwheels

  • Cream cheese or ricotta, softened (could also use chevre)
  • Salsa or picante sauce
  • Flour tortillas
Blend the ricotta (or cream cheese) and salsa to a spreadable consistency. Spread onto the tortillas and roll them up. Refrigerate overnight. Before serving, slice into pinwheels and serve. A bowl of extra salsa on the side can be used for dipping if desired.

I used to serve them with toothpicks for an appetizer or snack food. They were always a hit.


daisy g said...

Those sound good and easy to put together. I have a recipe on the blog for Ricotta cookies, something my mom would make with the leftover ricotta from making lasagna.

Happy holidays!

Leigh said...

Daisy, I'm always on the lookout for ways to use my abundant ricotta! I'll have to snag your recipe! Thanks!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

I have had these before Leigh! Cheese, flour tortillas - all of my favorite things!

(Pictures putting lox and capers on them....)

Anonymous said...

Too funny. As I am reading I am thinking “why not chevre ?” Then I read the recipe. great minds think alike 😂

Leigh said...

TB, now you've got my imagination going! Dan and I both would love chopped black olives in the mix. Or with chopped green olives, they would be the traditional holiday red and green. :) Thanks for the idea!

Goatldi, when you've got goats, you think goat cheese! lol

Anonymous said...

I've had it with green olives instead of salsa. It was good!

Leigh said...

I love green olives, but Dan would be harder to convince. :)

Powell River Books said...

Quick and easy for a party snack. I remember making salami and cheese roll-up burritos years ago when we were in Mexico and running low of grocery items in our camper. - Margy

Leigh said...

Margy, now you've got me thinking about including pepperoni! I could either chop and stir in with the filling, or lay them out on the filling and roll them up with it. Thanks for the idea!