Let the Good Flavors Roll for Mardi Gras with
Muffuletta Puff Pastry Pinwheels!
Inspired by the quintessential New Orleans sandwich of cured meats, cheese and tangy olive salad, these pinwheels are a quick and easy to throw together for a taste of the Big Easy to celebrate Mardi Gras, or anytime you need a savory appetizer to serve with cocktails or enjoy with a glass of wine!
Best served warm from the oven, they can be made ahead in a roll and refrigerated or frozen, sliced and baked later, a few at a time or by the roll! If you have puff pastry in the freezer, you can vary the fillings for these pinwheels, and I like to make one roll to serve and freeze one roll to have on hand for quick and easy appetizers. We also enjoy the combination of pesto, goat cheese, sundried tomato and pine nuts in a pinwheel version of Ina’s Savory Palmiers.
Muffuletta Puff Pastry Pinwheels
If baking from frozen pull them out of the freezer 30 – 40 minutes before baking, slice them still slightly frozen (they’re easier to cut) then bake until golden brown.
This is super quick too if your grocery store has an olive bar where you can mix and match your olives or buy olive salad.
1 box frozen Puff Pastry (2 sheets), thawed
Pitted olive mix or olive salad in oil, (from the olive bar at the grocery store) or substitute a mixture of green/black/spicy pitted olives with some Italian giardiniera (pickled vegetables).
Assorted traditional thinly sliced meats for a Muffuletta: salami, capocollo, prosciutto, mortadella (I used Genoa salami and mortadella)
Mozzarella cheese if desired
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly flour a board and carefully unfold one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the pastry lightly with a rolling pin until it’s 9 1/2 by 11 1/2-inches. Pulse olive mixture in food processor until finely chopped.
Spread each sheet of puff pastry with half of the olive mixture. Layer meats and cheese(s) on top of olive layer. Roll up pastry into a log.
At this point you can wrap your puff pastry log with plastic wrap and place in fridge until ready to bake or freeze.
With seam side down, cut into 1/2 inch slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake approximately 14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
I was the lucky winner of a pair of Mardi Gras glasses in January from Jenna at The Painted Apron! Jenna is always painting or baking up a storm, hence the name of her blog :). . .You can find her creations at JMdesigns Gallery.
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Let the Good Flavors Roll and Happy Mardi Gras!