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Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels

This easy recipe for Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels is a delicious and fun party appetizer! I use up leftover ham in this recipe, which makes them a great recipe to make during the holidays when you have friends and family in town.

If you’re looking for more recipes that use up leftover ham, try my Bone Broth Ham & Cheese Quiche, Healthy Loaded Mac & Cheese, or my Ham & Cheese Rolls with Honey Butter.

ham cheees and apple pinwheels
ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Uses Leftover Ham: If you have leftover ham from Christmas, then you’ll love this recipe as you can use leftover ham! I created this recipe with my friends at Organic Prairie to inspire more leftover meals and less food waste.

Perfect for a Party: This recipe for Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels is a great appetizer recipe for a party! They are small handheld pinwheels that your guests will gobble up!

Easily Make Ahead: You can easily make these ahead of time, if you are prepping for a party. Follow the recipe the day before, all the way down to placing the rolls on the baking sheets. Instead of baking them, cover with plastic wrap (to avoid them drying out) and place the baking sheet in the fridge. Right before your party, preheat the oven and remove the tray. Bake off and you’ll have fresh Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels!

ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Red Star Organic Instant Yeast

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Organic Raw Honey

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Organic Prairie Deli Ham

Frontier Co-Op Organic Garlic Powder

Frontier Co-Op Organic Onion Powder

Organic Valley Swiss Cheese

Frontier Co-Op Organic Parsley

Organic Apple

Frontier Co-Op Organic Thyme

ham cheees and apple pinwheels

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Small Pot

Mixing Bowl

Rolling Pin

Spatula

Sharp Knife

Pastry Brush

Baking Sheet Half Sheet Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off my favorite stainless steel sustainable bakeware!)

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the yeast, 1/2 teaspoon cane sugar, and warm water. Stir together and let it sit until it becomes, about 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, add the butter, milk and honey. Put over medium heat, and melt. Remove when completely melted.

Add the flour, 57 grams cane sugar, and sea salt to the mixing bowl in that order. Add in the milk mixture and knead on low for 5 minutes, until smooth.

Transfer the dough to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 to 3 hours, until doubled in size.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 3

To make the filling: In a small bowl, add the 1/4 cup butter and garlic powder and stir together.

Step 4

On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a rectangle that is about 12 x 16 inches. Using a spatula spread the butter all over the rolled out dough. Add the ham, cheese, and apple slices on top of the butter.

Starting at the larger side, fold the dough over and start to roll the dough until it is completely rolled into a log. Trim off each of the ends, then cut the dough log into 24 rolls they should only be about 1-inch thick. Place them on the prepared baking sheets spacing them at least 1-inch apart.

ham cheees and apple pinwheels
ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Step 5

To make the topping: In a small bowl, add the butter and honey and microwave for 30 seconds until the butter and honey are melted. Add the onion powder, parsley, and thyme and mix together. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the rolls with the butter mixture.

ham cheees and apple pinwheels
ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Step 6

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown. (Check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude instructions).

ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Baker's Tips

  • Make sure to check that your yeast is good. Because, yeast that is expired or old will not rise. So, look at the best by date on the package, and if it’s not bubbly, then don’t use it as your dough won’t rise. It’s important to have fresh yeast whenever working with yeast.
  • Make sure that the dough has doubled in size and risen. Always look for physical signs that the dough is ready and never rely on a time. While I do provide a time estimate, it is just that, an estimate. It can depend on your climate or weather how short or long it takes. A little trick to make dough rise quicker is to put it in a warm place. I leave mine on top of the mantle if I have a fire going or on top of the stove if the oven is on to speed up the process!
  • I like to leave the skins on the apples, but if you prefer them peeled you can do that as well. Either way is fine!
  • I’m using leftover ham in this recipe, but if you don’t have leftover ham, you can use ham deli slices too!
  • You could also use turkey if you don’t have ham or if you want to change it up! The turkey would also be delicious with this recipe!
  • Make sure you bake until the pinwheels are golden brown, that may mean a few extra minutes in your oven that’s why I put a range.
ham cheees and apple pinwheels

FAQ's

Can I use another kind of meat in this recipe?

Yes, if you don't want to use ham you could also use turkey! You can use deli ham or deli turkey as well as leftover ham or turkey from the holidays.

What other kind of cheese could I use?

Other types of cheese that would be delicious would be cheddar, mozzarella, or even Jack cheese. You can switch up the cheese depending on what type of meat you use as well to compliment it.

What can I serve these with?

These Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels are a great snack or appetizer on their own. But, they also make a delicious brunch item if you are hosting a holiday brunch. You can serve them with eggs, breakfast meat like bacon or sausage, and of course fresh fruit or pastries!

ham cheees and apple pinwheels

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ham cheees and apple pinwheels

Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels

Mimi Council
Use up leftover holiday ham with this Ham Cheese and Apple Pinwheels recipe! This makes the perfect appetizer or brunch recipe for the holidays.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rise Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Makes 24 pinwheels
Calories 215 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Dough

Filling

Topping

Instructions
 

  • To make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the yeast, ½ teaspoon cane sugar, and warm water. Stir together and let it sit until it becomes, about 5 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, add the butter, milk and honey. Put over medium heat, and melt. Remove when completely melted.
  • Add the flour, 57 grams cane sugar, and sea salt to the mixing bowl in that order. Add in the milk mixture and knead on low for 5 minutes, until smooth.
  • Transfer the dough to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 to 3 hours, until doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • To make the filling: In a small bowl, add the ¼ cup butter and garlic powder and stir together.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a rectangle that is about 12 x 16 inches. Using a spatula spread the butter all over the rolled out dough. Add the ham, cheese, and apple slices on top of the butter.
  • Starting at the larger side, fold the dough over and start to roll the dough until it is completely rolled into a log. Trim off each of the ends, then cut the dough log into 24 rolls they should only be about 1-inch thick. Place them on the prepared baking sheets spacing them at least 1-inch apart.
  • To make the topping: In a small bowl, add the butter and honey and microwave for 30 seconds until the butter and honey are melted. Add the onion powder, parsley, and thyme and mix together. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the rolls with the butter mixture.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 8gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 333mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 277IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 103mgIron: 1mg
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