Ingredients for making pinwheel appetizer
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Smoked Beef Pinwheels

Everyone has probably had a classic pinwheel at least once in their life. The pinwheel appetizer is a thing of beauty, and I can honestly say that. Not only is it a simple hors d’oevure to create, but it is one that can be made well ahead of time, saving you a bit of time when your guests arrive. Pinwheels can be made with pretty much anything you might want to create one with, and that is another great thing. Pinwheels can be made with tortillas, or uncooked dough, and typically include cheese, meat, lettuce, and an array of other items that you want to put inside. For me, it was four simple ingredients. Four ingredients that just screamed flavor.

Pinwheel Appetizers with Smoked Beef and Cream Cheese


  • 3 Small Flour Tortillas
  • 5 oz Chive and Onion Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 6 Slices of Nueske’s Smoked Beef
  • 1/2 cup of Peppadew Peppers, chopped, patted dry
  • 1 cup Romaine Lettuce, finely chopped, patted dry
  • Plastic Wrap

You can already see how simple this is. Start by laying a tortilla on some plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap is larger than your tortilla. Spread cream cheese evenly on the tortilla, making sure you cover the entire tortilla.

Next add two slices of the smoked beef. If you have never had Nueske’s smoked beef before, it is a must! Top the smoked beef with some of the chopped peppers, then top with the shredded lettuce.

Gently roll up the tortilla. Place in the center of the plastic wrap, and fold over the plastic wrap. Take the ends of your plastic wrap and begin rolling backwards toward you. Continue this until you have a super tight roll. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Ingredients for making pinwheel appetizer

Place these in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before unrolling.

When you are ready to serve, remove them from the refrigerator, unroll them from the plastic wrap, and cut into one inch slices.

The result is nothing but amazing. The subtle onion flavor from the cream cheese is balanced with the smokiness from the beef. Then there is the slight sweet and mild heat from the peppadew peppers, and the crunch from the lettuce. Let’s just say they are a perfect hors d’oevure! Hope you enjoy.  Now the question is, what is your favorite stuffing in a pinwheel?

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