Ham & Cheese Pinwheels

Hope you all had a lovely and joyous Christmas!  Now it’s time to move on to 2011!  For New Year’s Eve, I’ve always enjoyed having appetizers to snack on throughout the evening.  So this week, I’m sharing what is, perhaps, the easiest appetizer ever!
These ham & cheese pinwheels are a quick fix, and they’ll look great next to your hot dips, hot wings, and veggie trays. Enjoy!
Recipe for Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
1 block cream cheese
several slices of ham
Directions: Place your cream cheese in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.  Spread onto ham slice with a knife.  (I use the thick slices that are rectangle shaped.)  Roll up the ham slice. Repeat until you’ve used all the cream cheese.  Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.  Then take a sharp knife and cut your ham rolls into pin wheels.  Place on a tray and you’re ready to serve!
For larger (wider) pinwheels, spread the cream cheese on the ham.  Then stack 2 or 3 ham & cheese slices together before rolling.  Chill & then cut.
To add extra color and flavor to your pinwheels you may consider adding one or two of the following to your cream cheese spread:  shredded cheddar cheese, chives, pickle relish, red or green pepper, tomato, or even a colorful spice like basil or paprika.
Do you have an easy appetizer or snack that you like to make for the holidays? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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  1. CA Monkey Momma says

    These sound delicious! 😀 I'm definitely going to have to try these ones soon!!!

  2. Jerri, those look great, I like simple for New Year's Eve.

  3. I'd rather have appetizers than a formal dinner anytime. These look delicious. Happy New Year! La

  4. I've tried these with pickled okra in the middle . . . also with flour/wheat tortilla wraps around them . . . lay the wrap down, ham on top of that, layer cream cheese with chives or without, then a couple okras, roll it up, and cut it up. For Christmas I thought I could have added some pimento to make it more festive. They're WONDERFUL! Thanks for posting!

  5. Looks like a great appetizer!

  6. I've got a team going to a Bowl Game. These sound like perfect game day eats! Thanks for sharing.


  7. Yummmm. These were always my favorite growing up! Might just have to make some soon =)

  8. Happy new year to you and each of your readers!

  9. My sisters and I are totally addicted to these whenever we can make them! But we also add a pickle to this! Place the slice of ham with the cream cheese spread over the top and put the pickle on the ham and roll it up! Cut them into smaller pieces just as you did. The best part of this is that whoever makes them gets to eat the ends! Hope someone new finds this recipe and loves it as much as we do!

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