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Salami Pinwheels with Cream Cheese Recipe

Updated on February 26, 2017
A delicious and easy recipe for Salami Pinwheels with Cream Cheese.
A delicious and easy recipe for Salami Pinwheels with Cream Cheese. | Source

Salami Pinwheels with Cream Cheese are always a big hit when I serve them at parties or get-togethers. They’re cute, super tasty and loved by adults and kids alike.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can customize it to your taste (or diet) by using regular, reduced-fat or flavored cream cheese. You can even make the pinwheels completely vegetarian or vegan by using vegetarian salami slices and non-dairy cream cheese.

Though I used chopped parsley in the demonstration photos, salami pinwheels can also be made with fresh chopped basil, chives, cilantro or oregano.

If you don't happen to have fresh versions on hand, use dried chives, dried basil or dried oregano instead.

Here’s the recipe for Salami Pinwheels with Cream Cheese along with some photos that demonstrate how easy these are to make.

I've included some variations of this appetizer at the bottom of the page.

Ingredients

You'll only need a few ingredients for Salami Pinwheels

  • 18 Slices of Salami, (or Vegetarian Salami)
  • 16 oz. Plain Cream Cheese, (Regular, Reduced-Fat, or Dairy-Free)
  • Approx. 3 TBS Finely Chopped Fresh Basil, (You can substitute chopped parsley, chives, oregano or cilantro)
  • Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • Parsley, (Optional for garnish)
Try experimenting with different tastes. Finely chopped parsley, chives, basil or cilantro taste great with this recipe. You can also use dried oregano or dried chives.
Try experimenting with different tastes. Finely chopped parsley, chives, basil or cilantro taste great with this recipe. You can also use dried oregano or dried chives. | Source

You'll Also Need

  • Plastic wrap or wax paper
  • A sharp, finely serrated knife for cutting the pinwheels
  • A butter knife for spreading the cream cheese
  • A cutting board
  • A large plate or serving tray
  • Regular or cocktail toothpicks for serving

If you're watching fat calories, try using a reduced fat cream cheese. It tastes just as yummy.
If you're watching fat calories, try using a reduced fat cream cheese. It tastes just as yummy. | Source

Instructions

Steps 1 - 3

1) Line a tray or counter top with some plastic wrap or wax paper.

2) Spread a thin, even layer of cream cheese onto one slice of salami. Reduced-fat cream cheese works just as well as regular cream cheese in this recipe. Don't spread the cream cheese too thickly or you might run out before you finish the rest of the batch.

3) Sprinkle the cream cheese layer with coarsely ground black pepper (to taste) and some finely chopped basil, parsley, chives or cilantro as shown below.

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Tip

Take the cream cheese out of the refrigerator 20 minutes before starting so it's easier to spread.

Steps 4 - 5

4) Place another slice of salami on top of the first, about 1/3 of the way down as shown. Press down lightly to help it ‘stick’ to the first slice.

5) Spread a thin layer of cream cheese before adding black pepper and basil, just like the first one.

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Step 6

Repeat this process until you have a vertical row of six slices of salami covered with cream cheese, basil and black pepper.

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Spreading approximately the same amount of cream cheese on each slice of salami makes the pinwheels look nice and even when cut.
Spreading approximately the same amount of cream cheese on each slice of salami makes the pinwheels look nice and even when cut. | Source

Step 7

Starting from the very bottom, begin rolling up the salami as neatly and tightly as possible. Be sure to catch the loose bottom edges as you roll.

Keep the roll nice and tight for the best looking pinwheels.
Keep the roll nice and tight for the best looking pinwheels. | Source

Steps 8 - 9

8) Once it’s completely rolled up into a log shape, wrap it in plastic wrap or wax paper and refrigerate for at least an hour.

9) Repeat this process with the rest of your salami slices, cream cheese and basil.

Don't forget to refrigerate your rolls for at least an hour before cutting. This will make the pinwheels hold their shape as you cut slices.
Don't forget to refrigerate your rolls for at least an hour before cutting. This will make the pinwheels hold their shape as you cut slices. | Source

Steps 10 - 13

10) After the rolls have been refrigerated, put them one at a time on a cutting board and slice them into approximately 1/2 inch slices with a sharp, finely serrated knife.

11) Re-shape each pinwheel into a circle (if necessary) and arrange them on your serving tray.

12) Garnish the edges of your tray with parsley or cilantro if desired.

13) Stick a toothpick in each for serving. You can make them even more interesting by adding cocktail or decorative toothpicks.

Let's Make Some Pinwheels

Take your time and make neat slices with a sharp, finely serrated knife.
Take your time and make neat slices with a sharp, finely serrated knife. | Source

Tip

The edges of the rolls won't have a nice pinwheel shape, so just cut these off to have as samples.

Frilly Cocktail Toothpicks, Assorted 1000ct
Frilly Cocktail Toothpicks, Assorted 1000ct

If you're making this appetizer for a party or event, add these colorful cocktail toothpicks after you arrange the pinwheels on the serving tray.

 

Once They're Done

Keep the pinwheels loosely covered and refrigerated until you serve them.

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Yields

This recipe makes approximately 18 to 20 pinwheels.

Recipe Variations

Make this recipe your own with your favorite flavor combinations.

If you'd like to get creative with your pinwheels or need to accommodate dietary restrictions, here are some options you may want to try:

  • Use a flavored cream cheese instead of plain.
  • Use hummus instead of cream cheese. (This will only work if you have a thick style of hummus)
  • Use another type of round lunch meat slices instead of salami. Try turkey, pastrami or ham.
  • Make the recipe with vegetarian lunch meat slices. Many grocery stores carry veggie salami, turkey or ham slices. For vegans, find a non-dairy cream cheese.

Make your Salami Pinwheels vegetarian by using veggie salami slices.
Make your Salami Pinwheels vegetarian by using veggie salami slices. | Source

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks delicious! Might try for a Super Bowl snack!

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      carolynkaye 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks, kitkat1141. They're very tasty. Hope you like them :)

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