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Apple Cheddar Pinwheels

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The classic flavor combination of cheddar and apples come together in these delicious pinwheel appetizers.

close up of apple cheddar pinwheels on white platter.

Flaky puff pastry wrapped around a savory filling of apples and cheddar cheese.  These fun appetizers are perfect for fall.  Plus you can assemble them ahead of time and slice and bake them when you are ready.  They were a big hit with our crowd and I am sure they will be with yours as well.

The time has finally come.  It’s apple week!     

Some of my favorite bloggers and I have been furiously working to get a great group of apple themed posts together for you guys.  Today we are sharing appetizers and drinks.    

I can’t wait to click over and see what everyone made because just reading the names has made me hungry… and thirsty!   

An Apple Brie Rollup with an Apple Cider Margarita?  Don’t mind if I do.  

Roasted Apple and Acorn Squash Soup and an Apple Pie Smoothie?  Sure, I’m in!!  So many great recipes all in one spot!

puff pastry dough wrapped around apple  filling cut into slices and ready to bake.

     I actually made these Apple Cheddar Pinwheels as an appetizer for our annual shrimp boil this year.  We love getting our family and friends together.

   So we had a small group over to celebrate our anniversary.  I love having big groups too, but usually there are so many people and I am so busy hosting that I never get to play with our friends’ babies.

    Everyone has had little ones recently and they are growing so fast.  So I kept the group small and casual so I could actually play.

   You should have seen the line of blankets under the shade tree.  It was so much fun!

    I got to play hold the youngest ones and run around with the toddlers.  We all had a blast and worked up a hunger.

Plate of apple cheddar puff pastry pinwheel appetizers.

These little pinwheels were perfect for an event like that.  All of the prep is done ahead of time, and even then there’s not that much.

    Chop some onion and apple and cook them down a bit.  Roll them up in puff pastry and throw it in the fridge.

    All you have to do is slice and bake when the time comes.  Even that you can do an hour or two before your guests arrive.

    That way your hands are free for any babies that come through the door! 😉

 I passed the first round of these little gems.  As I walked toward the table to set them down, a few hands reached over to grab a second.  That is how you know they are good!

Yield: 30 Pinwheels

Apple Cheddar Pinwheels

Plate of apple cheddar puff pastry pinwheel appetizers.

Flaky puff pastry wrapped around a savory filling of apples and cheddar cheese. These fun appetizers are perfect for fall. Plus you can assemble them ahead of time and slice and bake them when you are ready. They were a big hit with our crowd and I am sure they will be with yours as well.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 apples, use ones that are good for baking
  • 1/2 cup mild onion, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme (or about half that amount dried)
  • 1 .5 cup sharp cheddar, grated
  • 17 oz container puff pastry
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. I have been liking using the puff pasty my grocery store carries in the refrigerator section (by the tubes of biscuits), but if you are using frozen puff pastry, be sure it is defrosted.
  2. Dice the apple. You can peel it if you like, but I just diced mine fine and left the peel on. Do whatever you prefer. Either way, be sure to chop them really small.
  3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat. Sauté the onion and apples until the onions are translucent. Remove from heat and stir in the thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Unroll the puff pastry. Spread with apple mixture and sprinkle with grated cheddar.
  5. With a long side of the dough facing you, roll the dough around the apple mixture. (You want the roll to be long.) Wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least a half hour.
  6. Preheat your oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper.
  7. Cut the roll into 1/2-inch slices and arranged pieces on the lined baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

30

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Flaky puff pastry wrapped around a savory filling of apples and cheddar cheese. These fun appetizers are perfect for fall. Plus you can assemble them ahead of time and slice and bake them when you are ready. They were a big hit with our crowd and I am sure they will be with yours as well.

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Alafaria

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I made these ***exactly*** by the recipe. They were HORRIBLE! Even after baking on parchment for 30 minutes in a new high end convection oven, these were soggy and very greasy on the bottom and barely cooked on top. To experiment, I left four in the oven for a total of 45 minutes to no avail. There was no browning on top and the cheddar cheese leaked out of the bottoms of all of the pinwheels and burned on the ones I baked longest. My taste testers were “meh” on the flavor, but that’s personal preference. Sorry, back to the drawing board on this recipe.

Carlee

Friday 23rd of November 2018

I'm sorry that was your experience, I am not sure what could have gone wrong. They've worked out well for me and I've seen pictures from others who have made them as well. It's always disappointing when things don't work out like we'd like, especially on Thanksgiving!

Terri.

Friday 12th of October 2018

These look so good.

Carlee

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

thank you

mommar6

Sunday 23rd of September 2018

Yay!!! Apple Week is here! Your pinwheels are a fun start. Off to view what the others have shared.

Carlee

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Hooray for appleweek!

Hannah

Friday 22nd of December 2017

Mine fell apart :( I would maybe change your recipe to say to chop the apples super fine. Mine were so chuncky that everything fell apart in transit to baking sheet

Carlee

Tuesday 26th of December 2017

Oh no! Chopping them very definitely helps. I'm sorry you had problems!

Anonymous

Wednesday 30th of August 2017

So bland. Looked cute. Will not make again.

Carlee

Friday 1st of September 2017

I'm sorry you found them to be bland. They went over really well here. You could definitely amp them up with stronger cheese or a bit more spice if you'd like.

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