Make Ahead

Little Mushroom Pinwheels

October  5, 2011
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

This is the recipe that inspired my Little Spinach Pinwheels, but it's so easy I hesitated to post it earlier. This is my answer to those little mushroom turnovers with cream cheese pastry that my mom was so adept at making. It's another good appetizer to stash in the freezer and pull out when unexpected (or expected) company arrives. —inpatskitchen

Test Kitchen Notes

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This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a simple yet elegant appetizer. I followed the recipe as written, except I used a combination of butter and olive oil, since I ran out of butter (I know! The horror!). Make sure you roll the puff pastry tightly -- because there is no creamy or cheesy binder, the mushrooms have a tendency to fall out of the sliced pieces as you transfer them to the pan unless the roll is very tightly wound. However, the finished result is one where the flavor of the deeply browned mushrooms really shines through. —foxeslovelemons

  • Makes about 20 pinwheels
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces mushrooms (your choice), diced finely
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package)
  • 1 egg beaten with 3 tablespoons water
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter and add the diced mushrooms, thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the liquid from the mushrooms evaporates and they become a little brown and caramelized. Set aside to cool.
  2. Take the puff pastry sheet and roll it into a uniform rectangle about 10 by 12 inches.
  3. Spread the mushroom filling over the surface of the pastry and then roll it jelly roll-style starting with the long side.
  4. Refrigerate the roll for about 20 minutes before slicing into 1/4-inch rounds. (Or wrap and freeze the roll for later use.)
  5. Place the little pinwheels on a parchment-lined baking sheet and dab each with a little of the egg wash.
  6. Bake at 425° F for 12 to 15 minutes and serve warm.

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!