Quick, simple and so delicious! This ham cream cheese pinwheels appetizer features flavored cream cheese, deli ham, and pickled jalapenos.
Who doesn't love a tasty pinwheel? Rich cream cheese flavored with spices and loaded with all kinds of goodies.
For today's recipe, we're sharing our version of ham pinwheels featuring a blend of seasonings and the added kick of jalapenos.
If you're not a fan of spicy dishes, then you can always use pickles or dill relish in place of the diced peppers or try our ham flatbread recipe.
Also, you may have noticed we recommend using tortillas in the recipe card. But, as you can see in the photos, we used lavash wraps instead.
Because, at the time, we were unable to get a hold of tortillas large enough to make the ham pinwheels.
The only reason I mentioned it was to point out that this ham pinwheels recipe can be modified in multiple ways. Just like most other recipes.
Oh, all you need to make this recipe is a kitchen knife, cutting board, medium mixing bowl, and a rubber spatula.
How to make ham cream cheese pinwheels?
First, start by removing your cream cheese from the fridge. It will need to soften for at least an hour before making the dish.
Next, grab a medium sized bowl and combine the following ingredients:
- 8 ounces of cream cheese
- 2-tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
- ¼-teaspoon salt
- ¼-teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼-teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛-teaspoon black pepper
Now, use your rubber spatula to blend the ingredients into a smooth, creamy, filling.
After that, place your tortilla (or lavash wrap) onto a flat surface like a counter-top or a cutting board.
Then, dump the spiced cream cheese and jalapeno mixture onto the tortilla (or wrap).
Afterward, use the spatula to spread the mixture out into an even layer. It can go all the way to the edges if needed.
At this point, it's time to start adding the deli sliced ham. Place the meat on top of the cream cheese filling.
Take a look at the photo below. Your ham and cream cheese pinwheels should look similar.
Once the meat and cheese has been placed onto the tortilla, go ahead and roll everything up into a log.
We started on the left side and rolled towards the right. When using a tortilla, you can start at the bottom or the sides. It doesn't matter.
All that's left to do is to wrap the log in plastic wrap and place it into your fridge for an hour to firm up the cheese.
Last, remove the ham and cheese roll from the fridge, remove the plastic wrap, and slice it into pinwheels.
That's it, your ham cream cheese pinwheels recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the appetizer and wish you all the best 🙂
Don't forget, if you have leftover ham, you can always try our cheesy ham biscuits for breakfast.
Don't forget to check out our Ham Pinwheels web story!
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 8 ounces block-style cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, diced or chopped
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ pound ham, deli sliced
- 1 large tortilla
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, jalapenos, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper.8 ounces block-style cream cheese2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos¼ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon garlic powder¼ teaspoon onion powder⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the tortilla in an even layer. Place the sliced ham on top of the cream cheese. Carefully roll the tortilla into a cylinder shape keeping the filling on the inside. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.½ pound ham1 large tortilla
- Slice and serve.