Appetizer/ Recipe

Salami and Cheese Pinwheels

November 1, 2019 (Last Updated: December 16, 2019)

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Salami and cheese pinwheels are a perfect appetizer for the holidays, for watching football or for any get-together. This delicious appetizer is always a hit.

Pinwheels made with diced salami and shredded cheese.

Margherita® Hard Salami comes in convenient resealable packaging that’s perfect for snacking, picnicking, using for entertaining and using in delicious recipes. I used this Hard Salami in these Salami and Cheese Pinwheels. In addition to Hard Salami, Margherita also has Genoa Salami, Dry Salami and Pepperoni. The combination of these would be perfect on a meat and cheese tray.

These Italian meats come pre-sliced and are a perfect size for topping on crackers. I was able to purchase the packages of salami at my local grocery store in the deli section in front of the deli counter. Click on this link – Margherita – to find out more about this great product and discover additional recipes.

Slices of hard salami stacked on a cutting board.

What ingredients do I need to make these pinwheels?

Can I make ahead of time?

Yes, these can be made ahead of time. In fact, you need to make these ahead of time so you can easily cut the puff pastry. Otherwise the puff pastry is too soft and won’t hold its shape when cut. These are best assembled into a log and then wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for at least 1 hour but up to 24 hours. When ready you can take out of the refrigerator, slice, brush with an egg wash and bake. You can also bake these ahead of time. This delicious appetizer is perfect right out of the oven or cooled to room temperature.

A white platter filled with puff pastry pinwheels.

How do I make salami and cheese pinwheels?

  1. Thaw puff pastry dough and roll out one package of dough. Purchased puff pastry comes already rolled out. I like to give it a few extra rolls with the rolling pin to help remove the creases in the dough. 
  2. Brush the dough with coarse mustard Puff pastry covered with a coarse ground mustard.
  3. Sprinkle on grated cheese Puff pastry dough topped with grated cheese.
  4. Add chopped hard salami Chopped hard salami on puff pastry dough.
  5. Roll into a log Rolling pastry filled with cheese and salami.
  6. Brush end with egg wash Adding egg wash to puff pastry log.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour Puff Pastry log wrapped in plastic wrap.
  8. Remove plastic wrap and slice into 1/2″ slices Pinwheel filled with salami and cheese.
  9. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper Salami and Cheese Pinwheels on a baking sheet.
  10. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 minutes 
  11. Serve while still warm or at room temperature Salami and Cheese Pinwheels on a white serving dish.

What type of cheese do I use?

I used Colby Jack cheese which is a mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack cheese. You could also use a sharp cheddar or a smoked Gouda. 

Other great appetizers

Appetizers are best served with an assortment of different choices. Some of my favorite include stuffed mushrooms, baked goat cheese, fresh cut veggies with homemade hummus, mini taco cups, chips with guacamole and salsa and cocktail meatballs

A white plate with a salami stuffed pinwheel on the plate.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Italian Pinwheels on a white platter.

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Salami and Cheese Pinwheels on a white serving dish.

Salami and Cheese Pinwheels

Delicious puffed pastry filled with hard salami and shredded cheese.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 48 Pinwheels
Calories 173 kcal


  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 4 Tablespoons coarse ground mustard
  • 1 cup chopped Margherita Hard Salami (about 20 slices)
  • 8 ounces Colby Jack cheese (grated)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon water


  • Roll out puff pastry into a rectangle approximately 11" x 16"
  • Spread 2 Tablespoons mustard on pastry
  • Sprinkle half the grated cheese and half the chopped salami on top of mustard
  • Roll puff pastry into a log
  • Mix egg with 1 Tablespoon of water. Use a pastry brush to brush along edge of rolled pastry to help seal edge.
    Adding egg wash to puff pastry log.
  • Wrap rolled puff pastry with plastic wrap. Place on a flat surface and refrigerate for at least one hour and up to 24 hours.
  • Remove from fridge and remove plastic wrap. Slice into 1/2" pieces and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently reshape each slice into a circle if needed. Discard ends.
  • Brush tops of pinwheels with egg wash
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 25 minutes
  • Serve while still warm or at room temperature


Serving: 2pinwheelsCalories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 245mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 104IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Italian Pinwheels, Pinwheel Recipe, Pinwheels
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  • Reply
    November 4, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love these! Such a bite of delicious comfort! 🙂 ~Valentina

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    November 4, 2019 at 5:37 am

    5 stars
    How fun are these??! I bet they would disappear incredibly fast at a get together…may even need to double the batch 🙂

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    November 4, 2019 at 5:17 am

    5 stars
    Ok, you’ve got my attention with these pinwheels, Kathy! I love a good pinwheel, but the cheese and salami in here take ’em to a whole new level. These would be great holiday appetizers!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    November 3, 2019 at 2:13 am

    5 stars
    Such a tasty snack! I love salami and cheese together 🙂 And pinwheels are always a hit!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    November 1, 2019 at 7:03 am

    I’ve got to make a batch of these for football Saturday this weekend Kathy! I know we’d all love them!

    • Reply
      November 2, 2019 at 5:13 am

      Perfect for watching the game!

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