Ham and Swiss Party Pinwheels

This is a fun recipe. I’ll freely admit that the varying intense flavors in these pinwheels make them more of an adult appetizer than a typical “kid-friendly” appetizer. No loss there, though: more for us!

These are seriously delicious pinwheels, smeared with a kicked-up mustard-infused cream cheese base, studded with green onion and dried cherries, and filled with ham and Swiss cheese. The taste is fab, and this recipe makes party planning easy: these are made a few hours ahead of party time, and then sliced right before serving.


What you need:

ham and swiss party pinwheels


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 t. dill (or 4 t. fresh dill, minced)
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1-2 t. Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions
  • 5 large flour tortillas, or 1 dozen 6″ tortillas
  • 1/2 lb. deli ham
  • 1/2 lb. thinly sliced Swiss cheese


  •  medium bowl and spatula
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cutting board and knife
  • cling wrap

Time: 15 minutes prep, plus 2 hours chilling.

Freezeable: No.

Serves: Makes 3-4 dozen.

Multiplying the recipe: Yes.

Ham and Swiss Party Pinwheels:

In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, dill, lemon juice, mustard, and salt and pepper, to taste. Blend evenly. Add the cherries and onions and stir to distribute. Spread each tortilla with cream cheese mixture. Add ham and cheese. Roll tortillas into logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. Just before serving, cut tortilla logs in 3/4″ slices.

ham and swiss party pinwheels

About Cooking for the Fam

Katie and Theresa are sisters-in-law who are passionate about food, passionate about family, and passionate about making and sharing food with their families. The Fam needs to eat. Make it good!
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