These Reuben Pinwheels are filled with corned beef, sauerkraut, cream cheese, thousand island dressing, and swiss cheese! Such a quick and easy, crazy delicious appetizer for any get together throughout the year!
These Reuben Pinwheels are always an appetizer I serve for Super Bowl and definitely around Saint Patrick’s Day with any leftover corned beef. In fact, I purposefully make my slow cooker corned beef twice, just to make sure I have enough for these pinwheels and our favorite Reuben Sandwich.
Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Corned beef – It needs to be thinly sliced. You can use leftover corned beef or buy it from the deli counter.
- Swiss cheese – We love the mild, sweet, nutty flavor of Swiss cheese which pairs so well with corned beef. Use shredded, not slices, so it blends with the other ingredients.
- Sauerkraut – For those of you who hate sauerkraut, I swear it’s not overpowering at all, but simply gives the pinwheels a little texture and tang.
- Cream cheese – Make sure it’s room temperature, so it blends easily.
- Thousand Island dressing – tangy, sweet, and delicious!
- Flour tortillas – Use ones that are fresh, so they roll well without tearing.
Tips for the Best Tortilla Pinwheels
- Use fresh flour tortillas: Make sure you use soft, fresh, good quality flour tortillas. This prevents any cracking when you roll them up.
- Best quality corned beef: If you’re not using leftover corned beef, buy the freshest, best quality corned beef from your grocery store’s deli counter, not the prepackaged stuff.
- Cream cheese should be room temperature to make mixing and spreading effortless.
- Evenly distribute your toppings, so you get all the flavors in every bite.
- Roll these bad boys up tightly! This allows the flavors to blend and the pieces to stay together once you slice them up.
- Assembling the pinwheels: You want the cream cheese mixture to go almost to the edge of the tortilla, and for the corned beef to be inset a little from that, otherwise there won’t be a proper seal when you roll them up.
- Make Ahead: These are best when they have time to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. You can make them up to 12 hours in advance, but I personally wouldn’t go beyond that because the cheese can start to discolor and the tortillas become a little too soft for my liking.
These Reuben Pinwheels deliver a circus of flavors in your mouth and guaranteed to be a hit at your next party. Pinwheels transport easily too, making them perfect if you are the one needing to bring something!
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- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing
- 1/2 cup packed sauerkraut (rinsed and well drained)
- 2 cups shredded swiss cheese
- 12 ounces thinly sliced deli corned beef (16 slices)
- 8 (9-inch) flour tortillas
- In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkraut until smooth and well blended.
- Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture onto one side of a tortilla; spread evenly almost to the edges.
- Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the cheese. Lay 2 slices of the corned beef (tearing the slices to make fit, if necessary) on top of the cheese.
- Roll the tortilla up tightly. Repeat with all other ingredients.
- Wrap the tortilla rolls in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and discard plastic wrap.
- Cut into rounds about 1 1/2-inches wide. Serve and enjoy!
- You want the cream cheese mixture to go almost to the edge of the tortilla, and for the corned beef to be inset a little from that, otherwise there won’t be a proper seal when you roll them up.
- These are best when they have time to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. You can make them up to 12 hours in advance, but I personally wouldn’t go beyond that because the cheese can start to discolor and the tortillas become a little too soft for my liking.