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Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels Recipe
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Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

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"Filled tortilla rolls, sliced into mini-sandwiches make wonderful party food. Its an herbal, cheesy, veggie, hammy delight!"

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Spread each tortilla lightly with cream cheese. Arrange two ham slices across the middle of each tortilla. Add a layer of fresh basil, then a layer of tomatoes. Do not place ingredients too close to tortilla edges. Add lettuce; use enough leaf lettuce to cover across the center of each tortilla, with some of the frilly leaf edge hanging over.
  2. Starting at one end, tightly roll up each tortilla. Stick toothpicks in four evenly spaced spots of tortilla roll. Place tortilla rolls in a dish, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours to chill.
  3. Slice each roll into four evenly sized sandwiches, and serve as soon as possible.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004


Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 21, 2003

I have an abundance of fresh basil and have been looking for recipes in which it can be used. Since I didn't have a kitchen scale, I had difficulty measuring 4 ounces of fresh basil. I think I used too much because it was overpowering and oftentimes downright bitter. Also, aside from the strong basil flavor, I thought the pinwheels were "missing something". My father is the only person in our family who liked them.

Nov 12, 2003

This recipe is great. I served them at a bridal shower and everyone was so impressed. A little pricey, but absolutely worth every penny.

Jan 25, 2004

These were wonderful. They were easy to make. 1 package of tortillas is plenty. I followed instructions exactly & the taste was amazing. The combination of the fresh basil & the sundried tomatoes really made this a hit. I made these 1 day ahead of time, covered them well with saran wrap & they held up nicely. Will definately do again.

Sep 02, 2004

I took heed to other reviews that said the basil was too strong, but I didn’t know how strong…so the first time I made this, I used 2-3 oz. of basil, but that was still too powerful. (In retrospect, I should have gradually added the basil to taste). The second time I made these, I used just one ¾ oz. package of fresh basil, which seemed perfect. All my family members liked it (hubby, parents, and siblings). With this amount, you can taste the basil, but it’s a good mix, not too overpowering, and the amount of cream cheese was adequate. Good taste! I did follow one person’s suggestion of putting the basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and cream cheese in a food processor --- this worked out nicely. *A note about the tortillas: I noticed that the La Mexicana brand tortillas were a little firmer than the Azteca brand. The Azteca brand seemed to crack/split more easily when rolling since they’re softer, but they still ended up rolling nicely. It helps if you take the rolls out of the refrigerator maybe an hour before serving to allow the tortillas & cream cheese to soften a bit so the pinwheels aren’t too dry.

Jan 25, 2004

this recipe was a big hit!i used 1 0z less fresh basil,put the creamcheese,tomatoe,basil in my food processer,mixed nicely,cut back some time on preparing.i was glad i cut back on fresh basil,you could really taste it as it was.will make this again.

Dec 07, 2003

These tasted great. I also cut up the sun-dried tomatoes and the basil and used a bit more cream cheese. Everyone thought they were delicious.

Dec 01, 2004

I thought this was great. Everyone loved it and it was light and yummy. I used Tomatoes in oil and that seemed to give it some moisture to keep it together. I also used a little more cream cheese at the end of the roll up to use as glue. P.S. I sent in the picture that was used!


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  • Calories
  • 124 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.4 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 4.8 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 351 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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