When I was a little girl my mom and dad used to entertain guests all the time. I think that is where my love of hosting cocktail parties comes from. One appetizer I remember being a beloved guest was the Ham Pinwheel. Usually crafted with ham, cream cheese and a scallion or pickle center..the Ham Pinwheel was an easy, finger food that could be made ahead of time and enjoyed all evening without ever setting down your Harvey Wall Banger.
I decided to reinvent this classic favorite to be a sophisticated and vegan-tastic delight. At a holiday soiree we hosted last week it was surprisingly one of most enjoyed and chowed down appetizers we served. As I prepared them several hours before the party, I was eating them as quickly as I was making them which brought me to the realization that they would make a smashing finger food lunch for yourself or a few picky eaters because they are really fun to eat.
Tofurky Fig Pinwheels
By: S. Duquet
1 Package of Hickory Smoked Tofurky slices
1 Carton of vegan cream cheese ( I used Tofutti)
1 Jar of fig jam (or jam of your choice. I think apricot would be smashing)
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1-2 Dollops of vegan sour cream (I used Tofutti)
Make It Happen
~Put 3/4 of the cream cheese in a bowl and let soften.
~Once the cream cheese is soft enough to stir easily add a dollop or two of sour cream until the mixture is spreadable.
~Add black pepper to taste. I wanted the cream cheese to be “peppered” with a peppery bite to counter the sweet of the jam so I added a ton of pepper.
~ Spread the peppered cream cheese over one slice of Tofurky
~Spread a small amount of jam on top of the cream cheese. I put mine in a line through the middle so it was easy to roll.
~Roll up and wrap with plastic wrap
~Chill for at least an hour
~Slice any way you think is attractive (or leave whole for little ones to enjoy)
~For a beautiful pinwheel use a jam or jelly that is smooth and not chunky. The jam I used had large chunks of figs in it which made it taste amazing but made it difficult to create a tight spiral.
~If the filling is gushing out the sides when you roll it (mine was at first) then use a bit less.
~Roll as tightly as you can so they are easy to cut once they are chilled
~Enjoy your party, lunch, or well deserved time out with a glass of wine and some Tofurky Fig Pinwheels.
Have a delicious day.
Ham Pinwheel photo courtesy of: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3237/3933211068_65626333ef.jpg
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