Pinwheel Sandwiches

"I am attending a Catering course at my local TAFE and this is one of a selection of sandwiches we learned to make. Fillings can vary, but the full fat cream cheese is necessary to make it set firm in the fridge, to facillitate slicing, and to maintain shape for serving. Looks very clever. The bread has to be sliced lengthwise by your baker or at home with a good breadknife. Can be made with two slices of ordinary sliced bread if rolled correctly - but may come apart at the seams if not. Once you have made this for the first time - it becomes easier and is something which is inexpensive, can be made ahead of time, can always be frozen and kept on hand. The more contrast between the bread and the filling colour the better."
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Ready In:
8 pinwheels per slice of bread


  • 1 loaf of square unsliced white bread
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons tinned red salmon, flaked, with skin and bones removed
  • 14 bunch parsley, finely chopped


  • Place cream cheese in a bowl and soften to room temperature stirring with a wooden spoon to 'creamy' consistency.
  • Add flaked - skin and bone free - red salmon, stir thoroughly.
  • Add chopped parsley and continue stirring until a very smooth paste consistency is achieved.
  • Cut bread into 1/2 inch wide lengthwise slices, discard outer crusts.
  • Remove from crusts from 4 sides of each long slice, maintaining a neat oblong shape.
  • Place one slice of bread on cling wrap
  • Use rolling pin, start at narrow edge and roll firmly, but slowly and gently along the length of bread slice back and forward until most of the air is removed. About 1/8 inch thick should be achieved with no holes or tears.
  • Spread salmon and cream cheese paste to cover the bread slice about 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick, no more.
  • Starting at the narrow end, gently but firmly roll up the bread and salmon paste sandwich.
  • Now roll the sandwich up in the cling wrap twisting ends of cling wrap to eliminate air, keeping shape neat.
  • Repeat with each slice, until all of filling used
  • Refridgerate for two to three hours until quite firm.
  • Remove from wrap and slice with a very sharp breadknife into 1/4 inch slices wiping blade after each slice to maintain the contrast between the bread and the filling and serve on a platter.
  • These end up pinwheel shape and look clever and taste great.
  • Other fillings to be mixed with the full fat cream cheese are avocado, minced cooked chicken, crushed pecans, etc. and a mixture of different fillings looks very appetising together on the plate.

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  1. I made half of this recipe and also added 2 teaspoons of the salmon liquid to make the filling a little easier to spread. Considering the filling only has 3 ingredients, these little pinwheels were yummy and are also very cute! Made for Spring 2013 Pick A Chef.
  2. I didn't make the salmon filling given here, but did find many of the tips and techniques for preparation very helpful. I will try the salmon filling soon and review it. Thanks, Lynne.


Currently a student at TAFE college, undertaking a Hospitality/Catering course. I like sharing the recipes we use in our practical classes each day. Some recipes are very traditional some are in the new style of cuisine.
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