The Kitchn: App-solutely delicious pinwheels for your holiday party
I am warning you now that you may inhale these innocent-looking roll-ups before your friends even ring the doorbell. I had to pull myself away from the baking sheet and leave the kitchen entirely to escape the buttery, garlicky aroma. These roll-ups wouldn't make it to their serving platter if I lingered too long.
This is the kind of homemade appetizer that is going to win you accolades. Make them once and friends will begin to ask you for those "flaky, garlicky things" each time they drop by; it's already happening to me! That's not necessarily a bad thing because they're something you can keep stocked in the freezer to bake off at a moment's notice. They'll bake in just the amount of time it takes to pop open a bottle of wine and pour everyone a glass, ensuring your happy hour is effortless.
This dish is just garlic bread in pinwheel form, and that's exactly what makes them perfect. Combine softened butter with garlic, fresh parsley and Parmesan; spread the mixture over a thawed sheet of puff pastry; roll it up; slice it; and bake. The result is a trifecta of butter, garlic and flaky pastry perfection.
The best part is that once the roll-ups are sliced, they can be frozen before baking. Then they can be baked off straight from the freezer, allowing you to reach for a handful for a party, or just a few if cocktail hour happens to be a party of one tonight.
Garlic Bread Pinwheels
Makes about 20; serves 6 to 8
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves