Guest post from Brigette Shevy
This “recipe” is so simple that I don’t think it can even be called a recipe. However, these roll-ups are something fun and a little different to include in those back-to-school lunches. They also are an attractive, can’t-go-wrong addition to any table of finger foods.
Did I mention that people of all ages will ask you for the recipe?
This is a great basic idea to be creative with. Sometimes I add chopped olives or flat leaf spinach for more variety and color (just make sure you don’t add anything wet or bulky). You can also make these up several hours (up to a day) in advance and keep them covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them (although I can’t vouch for the make-ahead factor if you’ve added in extra ingredients).
I make these look a little more like “pinwheels” (or flowers, or windmills, or whatever you think they resemble!) for my children’s lunches at home by arranging them with apple/orange slices and a carrot stick (see photo below). They love it! So much so, that I gave up on trying to get a photo I was happy with – it was just too traumatizing for my 19-month old to see “his” lunch and not be allowed to touch it.
Turkey and Cheese Pinwheels
Each single tortilla makes about 8 pinwheels
- Cream cheese at room temperature (so you can spread it easily)
- 10-inch flour tortillas
- Very thinly sliced cheese at room temperature
- Very thinly sliced turkey deli meat
- Spread tortilla(s) with a thin layer of cream cheese, going all the way to the edges.
- Place a single layer of thin cheese on top, stopping about ½”-1” before you get to the edges.
- Place a single layer of meat on top of the cheese, stopping about ½”-1” before you get to the edges.
- Starting with the side closest to you, roll the tortilla up tightly. Trim off the ends.
- Cut each tortilla into 8 slices (or whatever size you want them).
- Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. These should stay secure without a toothpick.
Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.