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sandwich pinwheels arranged on a plate with basil leaves between them.

Easy Pinwheel Sandwiches

Make our delicious sandwich pinwheels recipe featuring flour tortillas, cream cheese, deli meat, cheese, and fresh green onions. They are simple to make, ideal for picnics or serving as an appetizer.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting time 30 minutes
Servings 21 pieces
Calories 42kcal
Author Adina


  • Toothpicks Note 1
  • Serrated knife


  • 3 large tortillas about 10 inches/ 25 cm, Note 2
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tablespoons green onions finely chopped
  • 5 large basil leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 lettuce leaves more if necessary to cover
  • 5 slices deli turkey or as required
  • 5 pepperoni slices or as required


  • Spread: Mix cream cheese with grated Parmesan, grated garlic, finely sliced green onions, finely sliced basil, salt, and pepper to taste.
    ½ cup cream cheese + 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan + 2 garlic cloves + 2 tablespoons green onions + 5 large basil leaves + ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt + ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Build: Lay the tortillas on the working surface. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly across the tortilla, leaving about ½ inch (1 cm) free all around. Top with lettuce leaves, deli turkey, and pepperoni, slightly overlapping each layer of ingredients.
    3 large tortillas + 8 lettuce leaves + 5 slices deli turkey + 5 pepperoni slices
  • Roll up tightly. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or longer.
  • Cut: Remove the plastic wrap. Secure the roll-ups with toothpicks or wooden picks. Use a good knife to slice the roll in between the picks. Arrange on a platter.


  1. Toothpicks: Use as many as necessary; it depends on the desired thickness of the pinwheels. I cut 7 pieces out of each tortilla, so I had 21.
  2. Tortillas: The size is not super important; use what you have and fill as desired. Both regular and whole wheat tortillas are great. Corn tortillas tend to get soggy faster.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 766IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.3mg