Here’s an easy Halloween party foods idea: Eyeball Pinwheels recipe! They give the creepy look of bloodshot eyeballs and are especially fun when served on jack-o-lantern napkins.
To make your Eyeball Pinwheels recipe, you’ll start off by beating together two softened bricks of cream cheese and 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix.
Lay a tortilla out on your work surface and cut off a bit of two opposite sides so the cuts are parallel to each other. This will give you more a rectangle shape rather than a circle.
TIP: Flatout Bread also works great for these pinwheels and they are already rectangle shaped!
Spread some of the cream cheese mixture on top of the tortilla.
Near one of the edges (uncut edge), lay a line of large black olives. Make sure they are laying end to end. Lay a few slices of thinly sliced ham near the middle of the tortilla.
Carefully roll the tortilla edge over the olives, make sure to not shift the olives. Do this as tightly as you can without damaging the tortilla. Continue to roll the tortilla all the way up.
After you are done rolling the tortilla, you will have a tightly rolled tortilla. Set on a plate and continue with the rest of your tortillas.
When all the tortillas are rolled, wrap each rolled tortilla in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, but overnight is great too.
After refrigerating, they are ready to cut into pieces. With a sharp knife, slice pinwheels off the rolled tortilla. As you cut, you should be seeing little holes in your olives. If you slice a pinwheel and the olive appears to have no hole (such as it’s the bottom of the olive), just flip the pinwheel over and usually the other side has a hole or area which will be used in the next step.
That’s it! Once you are done with all your Eyeball Pinwheels you can stack them on a serving tray or plate for your Halloween Party.
OR, if you want to serve them in a really fun way, place two eyeball pinwheels directly on top of pumpkin or jack-o-lantern napkin to give it the look of eyes!
I regularly see jack-o-lantern napkins in stores during Halloween time (check Target – I saw some there for just $1). If you can’t find any, or don’t want to hunt for them, I found some cute Halloween jack-0-lantern napkins on Amazon (affiliate link):
Easy Halloween Party Foods:
Eyeball Pinwheels Recipe
- 2 packages cream cheese (softened, 8 ounces each)
- 1 packet ranch dressing mix (dry, 1 ounce)
- 10 flour tortillas (burrito size)
- 2 cans large black olives (6 ounces each, but you won't need all of the 2nd can)
- Thinly sliced ham (approximately 20-40 slices - depends on how much you wish to use and how large your slices are)
- Partial jar of roasted red bell pepper
- Beat together softened cream cheese and packet of dry ranch dressing mix, just until blended.
- Lay tortilla on your work surface and cut off a bit of two opposite sides so the cuts are parallel to each other to give the tortilla more of a rectangle shape.
- Spread some of the cream cheese mixture on top of the tortilla.
- Lay a line of large black olives (about 6, but can vary) near one of the uncut edges. Ensure that the olives are laying end to end. Lay 2 slices of ham near the middle of the tortilla, overlapping if necessary.
- Carefully roll the uncut tortilla edge over the olives, make sure to not shift the olives. Roll as tightly as possible without damaging the tortilla. Continue to roll the tortilla over the ham and until the tortilla is completely rolled up. Set aside and continue with remaining tortillas.
- Wrap each rolled tortilla in plastic wrap individually and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, up to overnight.
- Remove from refrigerator and unwrap one of the rolled tortillas. With a sharp knife, slice pinwheels off the roll tortilla, about ⅓ - ½" thick.
- Slice several thin, small pieces of roasted red bell pepper. Fold a sliver of bell pepper in half and insert it, fold side up into the holes in your olives in the middle of your pinwheels. If an olive appears to have no hole (such as it’s the bottom of the olive), flip the pinwheel over and usually the other side has a hole or area which will be filled.
- Place on a plate or serving tray to serve.
I like my Eyeball Pinwheels and all, but no Halloween Party was built on pinwheels alone! Here is a huge list of great Halloween party foods that I know you are going to love.
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- Baked Mummy Cheese Dogs – In the Kitchen with KP
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