Aperitivo/ Appetizers

Goat Cheese and Mushroom Puff Pastry Pinwheels

December 20, 2020 (Last Updated: January 6, 2021)

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Total time to make this recipe: 35 minutes
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Small puff pastry pinwheels with delicious goat cheese and garlicky mushrooms. These finger food appetizers are perfect for the holiday season or for any dinner party or potluck. They’re very easy to make, and you only need 5 main ingredients and 30 minutes to have the perfect appetizer or aperitivo on your table.

I love appetizers. Maybe even more than the main course. That’s why for every holiday feast I always plan to make many small appetizers and only one main course. The prospect of tasting many different flavor combinations in small bites it’s what makes appetizers very exciting.

These pinwheels are one of my favorite savory bites and are my go-to snack if I plan to make an Aperitivo with friends or a dinner party. They’re so easy to make and everybody loves them (as long as they love mushrooms).

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How to make Puff Pastry Pinwheels

The steps to make them are really easy and you’ll see how quickly it is to have them ready on your table.

Start by finely chopping the raw Cremini mushrooms in a blender. Then add them to a pan with a drizzle of olive oil and 2 halved garlic cloves (1). Cook at medium heat until they start to brown, then add a tablespoon of white wine. Turn down the heat and season with salt, black pepper, a bit of parsley, and a pinch of thyme. Cook at low heat until the mushrooms are fully cooked and browned. Set them aside to cool. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.

Roll the puff pastry on the table, then spread the mushrooms on a thin layer with a spatula, all up until the edges. Crumble the goat cheese all over the top (2). Carefully roll the puff pastry starting from a long side. Try to roll it as tight as possible. Cut the slices with a knife, about 1 inch thick (2.5 cm). Give them back the round shape with your fingers, then place them on a lined baking sheet (3).

Bake them for about 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown on top (4).

process shots of the 4 steps to make the pinwheels
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FAQ & Tips

How long do the puff pastry pinwheels last?

Puff Pastry can easily lose its crunchiness and flaky consistency with humidity. You can keep these pinwheels stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days, but they will turn very soft. You can however reheat them in the oven to give them back their crunchiness.

Can I freeze them?

If you used frozen puff pastry you cannot re-freeze the pinwheels raw. You can however freeze them once cooked, for up to 3 months. Add them directly to a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes to thaw and warm up.

Can I make them ahead of time?

Puff pastry is a very delicate dough. If you keep it outside of the fridge it will start to “melt” and lose its shape. If you keep it in the fridge without any cover, it will dry out and will not puff properly when you bake it. So I highly suggest you make them only at the last minute and not ahead of time.

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The Recipe

If you like this recipe, try also these other puff pastry appetizers:

You can find step-by-step photos and tips in the post above.

overhead of puff pastry pinwheels on a brown plate

Goat Cheese and Mushroom Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Crunchy and flavorful bites of puff pastry, garlicky cremini mushrooms and creamy goat cheese. These pinwheels are the perfect appetizer or aperitivo snack.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 Pinwheels
Author: Jessica – Cooking my Dreams

Ingredients

  • 1 Puff Pastry sheet, rectangular
  • 9 oz Cremini Mushrooms
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp White Wine
  • 2 oz Goat Cheese
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Finely chop the raw Cremini mushrooms in a blender. Then add them to a pan with a drizzle of olive oil and 2 halved garlic cloves.
  • Cook at medium heat until they start to brown, then add a tablespoon of white wine. Turn down the heat and season with salt, black pepper, a bit of parsley, and a pinch of thyme.
  • Cook at low heat until the mushrooms are fully cooked and browned. Set them aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C.
  • Roll the puff pastry on the table, then spread the mushrooms on a thin layer with a spatula, all up until the edges. Then, crumble the goat cheese all over the top.
  • Carefully roll the puff pastry starting from a long side. Try to roll it as tight as possible.
  • Cut the slices with a knife, about 1 inch thick (2.5 cm). Give them back the round shape with your fingers, then place them on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake them for about 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown on top.

Notes

Puff pastry is a very delicate dough. If you keep it outside of the fridge it will start to “melt” and lose its shape. If you keep it in the fridge without any cover, it will dry out and will not puff properly when you bake it. So, I highly suggest you to make these pinwheels only at the last minute and not ahead of time.

Nutrition

Calories: 131 kcal | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 9 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 70 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: aperitivo, easy appetizer, mushrooms, puff pastry pinwheels
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