Recipe: Super Speedy Cheese and Onion Pinwheels

Back in July I spent a day judging at the International Cheese Awards. During the day I sampled hundreds of cheeses, learned a fair amount about cheese making and met celebrity chef  Joe Hurd for a chat about Parmesan. As you do.

I love the International Cheese Awards, it’s a great opportunity to try lots of new cheeses and to see what I like and what I probably wouldn’t try again. I spent quite a lot of time visiting the trade stands. I made a bee-line for the Lactalis stand which featured familiar household names such as Galbani, President and Seriously Strong Cheddar. 

Joe Hurd was on hand to give cooking demonstrations throughout the day and to talk about his love of Anglo-Italian cookery. We chatted about Galbani Parmesan which is an iconic brand in Italy. It’s matured for 9 months and is sweet and dense and used predominantly as a seasoning in Italy. 

I asked Joe how he likes to serve Parmesan and his answer quite surprised me. Joe said that Parmesan barbecues really well with garlic and Italian sausage. Apparently it grills really well and doesn’t melt like a cheddar style cheese might. Sounds delicious! In Cyprus I’ve had Parmesan with honey as a dessert, so it really is a surprisingly versatile cheese. 

Cheese & Onion Pinwheels

I came home from the International Cheese Awards with bags bursting with cheese from all over the world, but my goodies from Lactalis were especially lovely. After my chat with Joe I was keen to see what I could make with them.

Being a simple soul, and it being summer and the season of picnics I decided to make some Cheese and Onion Pinwheels. I’ve never made pinwheels before, but they seemed the sort of easy thing a busy person could throw together in very little time and have something impressively homemade for a picnic in the park with friends.

Cheese & Onion Pinwheels

As it happened, they were delicious. They required very few ingredients and took no time at all to knock together.

Cheese & Onion Pinwheels
Yields 15
Super simple and really speedy cheesy snacks for picnics and parties.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
11 calories
2 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
18 g
17 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 17mg
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  2. 1 teaspoon of butter
  3. A pinch of salt, pepper and sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  5. 1 pack of ready made puff pastry
  6. 1 tub of Seriously Strong spreadable - Caramelised Onion flavour
  7. 1 tablespoon of Galbani Parmesan, finely grated
  1. In a frying pan melt the butter and gently fry the onion until soft but not brown. Add the salt, pepper, sugar and balsamic vinegar and stir. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. On a large board unroll the sheet of puff pastry, leave it on the paper it comes wrapped in. Spread the Seriously Strong Caramelised onion cheese all over the pastry, be fairly generous but spread it evenly if you can. Cover with the cooled fried onion.
  3. Roll the pastry up along its long side, wrap in the paper and put in the fridge for 10 minutes or so.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
  5. Remove the pastry from the fridge and carefully cut into rounds approximately 1.5cm thick. You should get around 15 pinwheels from this.
  6. Place each round on a greased baking tray and top with a little of the finely grated Galbani Parmesan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a rack for 15 minutes or so.
  8. Serve on their own or with your favourite chutney.
It really is a very simple process, my cheese and onion pinwheels hardly took any time at all and now I know what I’m doing I can go wild with the fillings and flavours if I want to.

Cheese & Onion Pinwheels

You can easily put these together in no time at all and once they’re cooked they look like you’ve spent hours slaving away in the kitchen. They’re so easy you could even get the kids involved.

Cheese & Onion Pinwheels

The Seriously Strong spreadable cheese is ideal for these cheese and onion pinwheels. It cooks really well and with it being a caramelised onion flavour it packs a lovely punch which works beautifully.

Cheese & Onion Pinwheels

What flavour combinations would you try in your pinwheels?

3 responses to “Recipe: Super Speedy Cheese and Onion Pinwheels

  1. Ooh lovely. I made pesto, basil pinwheels at the weekend- sprinkled with parmasan. Yummy!

  2. These look so easy! Bet they taste great too, my kind of food! x

  3. Oh wow I love the thought of anything super speedy and this looks so good. I might try it with some cheese and tomato and pesto!

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