Ham and Cream Cheese Pinwheels on a Stick

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by on August 27, 2013

hamcreamcheesepinwheelHam and Herb Cream Cheese Pinwheels on a Stick

Pinwheels are an easy and delicious alternative to your everyday sandwich. The filling possibilities are endless. Put them on a stick? They become even more appealing. These Ham and Cream Cheese Pinwheels are simple, easy, and a fun school lunch idea! While cream cheese is often the base, it doesn’t have to be, but it’s a favorite of ours. If your kids aren’t crazy about cream cheese, check out the different varieties of Blue Bell Cheese.  Just about anything you can put between 2 slices of bread can be translated into a pinwheel. There are also a ton of different tortilla flavors and colors; white flour, whole wheat, spinach, tomato, corn, and jalapeno for starters.

DSC08866This particular fun pinwheel on a stick is ham with cream cheese, garlic, and basil. Here’s how the Ham and Herb Cream Cheese Pinwheels were made:

  1. Mix 2 Tbsp. cream cheese with a dash of garlic salt, and about 3 fresh basil leaves finely diced.
  2. Spread on a whole wheat tortilla, all the way to the edges.
  3. Cover with a layer of ham, and roll tightly. Slice roll about 1 ½ “ thick.
  4. Slide 3 or 4 wheels on a skewer, cut off ends, leaving just a bit on each end for a “handle”.
  5. I served with cubed cucumbers (my kids are more likely to eat things in interesting shapes), a round cheese, popcorn leftover from last night.
  6. Finally, a traditional Ants on a Log with a twist, I used yogurt covered raisins instead.  You can use chives, oregano, dry mustard, or an Italian seasoning to flavor your cream cheese, or leave it plain.

Here are some Ideas for Pinwheel fillers:

  • Ham and Cheddar cheese
  • Turkey and a Mozzarella cheese stick
  • Chicken salad
  • Egg salad
  • Tuna salad
  • Pepperoni, shredded mozzarella, sauce
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Peanut Butter and a whole banana

The possibilities are really endless – just think about what types of things your kids enjoy and try something new. What will you try?


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  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Super idea, and you’re right. The combinations are endless!

  • Sarah Bird Bogner

    I like the bite-size aspect of it. I can easily pop them in mouth when I’m eating lunch on the go (i.e., in my car) and don’t feel ridiculous like I do when I’m shoving a burger in my mouth.

  • Kristin Wheeler

    Nice choice for a healthy school lunch! Love it!

  • Kristin

    I’ve noticed that when lunch is fun the kids eat more of it, even when using the same ingredients!

  • Angela

    This is such a fun lunch and healthy too!

  • Yes, that is so true – great way to get some extra veggies in, too – make it fun! :)

  • Definitely – you can make your favorite or try something new each time.

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