Monday, November 2, 2009

hors d'oeuvres time again Christmas is just around the corner!

I make my selection of tasty morsels from several sources but the one I defer to most frequently is Jean Pare's "Company's Coming" It's the pink book entitled, "Appetizers".

These Cheese Nut Pinwheels freeze beautifully and are quick to reheat right from the freezer...

The filling is:

  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar (I add a mixture if I have something special on hand)

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 2 tbsp minced onion

  • a dash of Worcestershire sauce

Mix together and set aside.

For the pastry:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix together in a bowl

  • Add 3 tbsp of olive oil to 1/4 cup of water and add to the dry ingredients. Add a little more water if needed to make a soft dough. Roll into a 9 by 12 inch rectangle. Spread filling evenly. Roll up from long end to form a log. Pinch to seal. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour. Slice 1/4 inch thick pieces and bake on parchment paper at 400 F for 10 minutes until golden brown. Freeze. Reheat for 10 minutes in a 300 degree oven.

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