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Pinwheels recipe with baked spinach crust, ham and cheese

These pinwheels are different than most of the pinwheels recipes you will find online. If you look for an appetizer for Christmas or New Year's Eve appetizer, try these easy to make pinwheels.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Balkan
Keyword: appetizer, cheese, ham, pinwheels, roll ups, spinach
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 298kcal


For the crust/biscuit:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 spoons of milk
  • 3 spoons of water
  • 6 spoons of white flour
  • 1 pack of baking powder
  • 500 gr frozen spinach

For the filling:

  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 300 gr ham (slices)
  • 250 gr pickled cucumbers (chopped)
  • 150 gr sour cream
  • 400 gr cottage cheese
  • 150 to 200 gr gouda (or any hard cheese)


  • Remove yolks and whites in separate bowls. Add a teaspoon of salt to the bowl with egg whites and whip them for a minute or so, to become firm white foam.
  • Add egg yolks to that bowl and mix them with a spatula or spoon. 
  • Add 3 spoons of water and 3 spoons of milk and mix everything nicely.
  • Add 6 spoons of white flour and one pack of baking powder. Use an electric mixer again, but this time at the lowest speed, to mix the flour nicely. 
  • Add 500 gr of frozen, thawed spinach to the bowl. Stir the spinach well into the egg and flour mixture, and spread it on the baking tray which is previously covered with baking sheet. Use the spoon or spatula to smooth the mixture evenly.
  • Bake the pinwheels crust at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 min. Use the toothpick to check if it is well baked.
  • Once the pinwheels crust is baked, roll the crust together with the baking sheet and if it is too hot, you can use baking gloves. Leave it cool for 30 minutes or so, and in the meantime you can prepare the ingredients for the filling.
  • When the roll is cooled off, you can unroll it and spread the cottage cheese and sour cream mixture on it. Spread the mixture evenly and then add slices of ham and gouda cheese. Crumble the egg over the cheese and add chopped cucumbers. 
  • Roll the pinwheels carefully so the filling stays inside. Cover the roll up with that baking sheet and a kitchen cloth, and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours or overnight.


Instead of spinach you can add ajvar and have red pinwheels, or poppy seeds and have white pinwheels with black spots. 
If you are struggling to roll the whole pinwheel you can roll the half of it, make a cut between and then roll the other half.