TGIF! This was a long week for me so I’m especially happy to celebrate the weekend! I think the word pinwheels definitely conjures up an image of a summer party- but trust me that these ones made from smoked salmon are great all year long! I think they qualify perfect for easy entertaining, because not only are they delicious, but they look SO fancy and impressive for very little effort. Trust me that they would make a perfect snack for a holiday cocktail party or just a fancy breakfast at home!
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
What you need:
- 1 package smoked salmon
- 4 oz cream cheese (trust me and don’t get anything but philadelphia- whipped makes things easier if you can find it)
- Chopped green onions
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Salt and Pepper
Carefully open the package of smoked salmon and gently lift out the thin slices. Arrange the slices on a piece of plastic wrap (its easy to do this if you wrap a plate in plastic wrap first). A lot of them are folded up in the package so make sure to have a SINGLE layer. The idea is to cover as much surface area as possible- with a slight overlap on the edges of the smoked salmon pieces. Its kind of like making a quilt of salmon.
In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, chopped onions and lemon and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Stir vigorously until creamy and all combined.
Now, scoop the cream cheese onto the salmon and gently spread it all around until every bit of salmon is covered. Don’t make the layer too thick- I did this and next time I will be much more careful. If you have extra cream cheese that’s OK- use it for something else, but trust me to not overdo it.
Starting at one end of the salmon begin rolling the entire thing up like a sleeping bag. Don’t do it too tightly or all of the cream cheese will squeeze out. It’s kind of like making sushi. Wrap the salmon/ cream cheese log in the plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge for minimum an hour and optimally, overnight.
When you take the log out of the fridge, cut pinwheels about the width of your pinky finger with a VERY sharp knife- its easy to keep things together if you put toothpicks all the way through the log and then cut between each one. Serve and enjoy!