10 September 2014

I am not into football at all (I'm a baseball girl all the way), but I know that it's getting to be that time of year when people are looking for fun recipes to serve while watching football games.  I found this recipe last month while looking for fun appetizer-style dishes to serve at one of our Family Fun Nights.  We were having a game night and I thought it would be fun to serve party-type food for dinner.  I scoured my Pinterest pins for ideas and I found this recipe that I had pinned from Mostly Homemade Mom a while back.  I thought they would be perfect for our fun game night.

BLT Pinwheels

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
½ cup mayo
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 vine-ripened tomato, seeds removed and finely diced
¾ cup green leaf lettuce, finely chopped
2 flour tortillas, burrito sized

Combine cream cheese and mayo and stir until completely smooth.  Add bacon, tomato, and lettuce and stir to combine.  Divide this mixture evenly between the two flour tortillas and spread out to within ½” of the edge.  Roll each tortilla up as tightly as you can and wrap them up in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least an hour; can be done a day ahead.  When ready to serve, remove logs from plastic wrap and cut them into ½” slices.  I found a serrated steak knife worked best.  Place pinwheels on a serving plate and serve immediately.

Makes about 2 dozen pinwheels.

Kelly used shredded lettuce, but I used chopped green leaf lettuce.  I like it because it's much greener than iceberg lettuce.

You will see in the pic at the top that mine are not perfect.  That's because I goofed up.  I forgot that they needed to chill before being cut and I didn't allow myself enough time (I hate it when I do that!).  But I decided to go for it anyway.  While they were a little tricky to slice since the filling wasn't as firm, they worked out ok.  But I would definitely refrigerate them next time.  It was difficult to get them to stay round and they were slightly messy.

My kids sure didn't care!  They loved these things.  Lena could not shove them in fast enough!  I made a smaller dairy-free version for Eva using just mayo.  They were good that way too.  I think they would also be good with ranch dressing instead of the mayo.

I served these pinwheels with a super yummy pizza hummus and veggies.  The girls thought this dinner was super fun and that it was a big treat to eat pinwheels and dip for dinner.  But what they didn't realize was that their dinner was totally packed with veggies.  Win win! :)

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