Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels

Party food doesn’t have to complicated. These Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels are an easy appetizer that can be put together in no time and are perfect for any fun event, including baby showers, bridal showers and tea parties.

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

I haven’t been to a baby shower in a long time. But years ago, it seemed that everyone in our family and circle of friends were having babies. When I think of appetizers for baby showers, I think of tortilla pinwheels. It seemed that every baby shower I attended — including my last one 12 years ago — had some version of these on the buffet table.

This week, I am hosting #SundaySupper for the very first time and our theme is “April Showers”. I’m sharing these Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels because they remind me of baby showers, but really these could be a great fit for a bridal shower, tea party — or any party. Especially an event where you want easy party food.

This appetizer calls for only a few ingredients. To begin making them, you will first blend together cream cheese, pesto (I used a homemade Swiss Chard Pesto), and shredded Parmesan cheese.

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Ingredients

The blended mixture is spread onto flour tortillas. I used large 12″ flavored tortillas (tomato and chili flavor).

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

Deli sliced meat is placed on top of the cream cheese/pesto mixture — I used turkey, but ham would also be a good choice.

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

The tortillas are rolled up tightly and then refrigerated for a few hours.

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

After being refrigerated, slice into pieces. Usually the ends of the rolled tortilla are discarded because they aren’t filled with much, but this is always becomes a snack for my husband who eagerly awaits the pinwheel scraps.

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

Place your pinwheels on a serving plate or tray however you would like. There are many ways to display tortilla pinwheels, but one of my favorite ways is to stand them on the tortilla edge and place a toothpick in the top of them.

Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup pesto
  • ⅔ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 large flour tortillas (12")
  • 1 pound thinly sliced turkey or ham deli meat
  1. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese, pesto, and Parmesan cheese until smooth. Spread ⅓ of the mixture on top of one of the tortillas. Top cream cheese/pesto mixture with turkey or ham. Roll up tortilla tightly and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  2. Remove from refrigerator and unwrap. Slice into rounds and display on serving plate or tray.
--Smaller tortillas may be used, adjust the amount of cream cheese/pesto mixture.

--If time is an issue, you can skip the refrigeration before slicing or refrigerate for less time. However, for best results, refrigeration is recommended.

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Party Food: Pesto Tortilla Pinwheels Appetizer

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  1. says

    Yummy! I make pinwheels a lot as an appetizer or snack in the summer months. The combination of pesto and parmesan cheese has my mouth watering!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for hosting this week’s #SundaySupper. This is such a great event and you have done such a great job!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so glad you are part of our group and that you are as passionate about #SundaySupper as I am!

  3. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    What a great recipe, and love the swiss chard pesto idea! Thanks for hosting this week, what a fun theme!!! 😉

  4. says

    Those are beautiful, Brandie, with all the colors showing from inside and their red toothpicks on top! I have a feeling I would have moochers waiting for the scraps as well. :) Thanks so much for hosting today. Such a fun theme!

  5. says

    It’s funny, I haven’t been to a shower in ages, but YES – pinwheels are one of those foods I expect to see at a shower. ha! I love yours, the pesto is a fantastic idea (don’t think I’ve ever had one like that). Thanks so much for hosting this week, Brandie.

  6. says

    Thank you so much for hosting this week’s Sunday Supper event! You have done a fantastic job!! I love your tortillas. I actually have some pesto in my freezer that I need to use. Now I just need to throw a party so I can make these.

  7. says

    Swiss chard pesto sounds absolutely amazing and I think these pinwheels would be great for any party! Thanks for hosting this week.

  8. says

    Thank you so much for hosting this fantastic event, Brandie. These look amazing! I would also love to have your Chard Pesto recipe :)

  9. says

    These look so easy & beautiful ! Must make for my next party ! The step by step pics are very helpful ! Healthy too ! Thanks for sharing & great hosting !!

  10. says

    I love these, and you’ve demonstrated that presentation is everything! I usually see them just shoved into a gross old tupperware container, and they don’t look nearly as appealing as you’ve made them here :)

    Thanks for hosting SS!

  11. says

    Brandie, thanks for being such a fabulous host this week! I loved the theme. These pinwheels are super pretty and so simple to make! They’d be perfect at any party, or even just for a regular weeknight meal. I love this. And regarding your shower dry spell, I wish my friends ‘n family would slow down. It feels like the husband and I have a thousand people in our lives because we’re constantly going to birthdays, baby and bridal showers. It’s fun but man it’s burning a hole in my pocket cause you know you can’t show up empty handed.

  12. says

    Swiss chard pesto, love that! I need to try your recipe. These sound so yummy. Although I’m kind of weird about lunch meat, but I think thinly sliced peppers and onions would be great for a vegetarian version to add a little more bulk.

  13. says

    Brandie, Happy New Year!! I’m no longer doing my Tasty Thursdays linky party, but celebrating 2014 by joining forces with some other great bloggers for Best of the Weekend linky party each week. I’m featuring 12 of my favorite Tasty Thursdays features to start the year. This post is my favorite from June. Hope you will follow me to the party and link up your latest creations. Thanks, Nichi

  14. Laura says

    Nice idea but Parmesan is made using calf rennet and is unsuitable for vegetarians. So this one is for meat eaters only :) I love the idea though, they look great!

    • says

      Hi Laura,
      Thank you for commenting and pointing this out…I had no clue on this and will change the text to reflect that. I got to wondering if there was a vegetarian versions, so I did a bit of checking and found a few options here in the US. BelGioioso Cheese has one and while I haven’t tried their vegetarian Parmesan, I have enjoyed some of their other cheeses. Not sure if that’s available in the UK.

      • Laura says

        Not a problem, I only know as my sister and brother in law are vegetarians so they have educated me on what they can eat :)

        We do have Parmazano in the UK, which I think is made with vegetable rennet. I don’t think it is as nice as Parmesan but is a good alternative for vegetarians.


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