Party Pesto Pinwheels Recipe
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Party Pesto Pinwheels Recipe

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I took a couple of my favorite recipes and combined them into these delicious hors d'oeuvres. The colorful and impressive snacks come together easily with refrigerated crescent roll dough, prepared pesto sauce and a jar of roasted red peppers. -Kathleen Farrell Rochester, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, warmed

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 76 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 201 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Unroll crescent dough into two long rectangles; seal seams and perforations. Spread each with pesto; sprinkle with red peppers and cheese.
  2. Roll each up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. With a sharp knife, cut each roll into 10 slices. Place cut side down 2 in. apart on two ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Party Pesto Pinwheels in Quick Cooking November/December 2004, p28

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"Very flavorful. I used homemade pesto and once used low fat crescent rolls, great either way!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"These are great. I served them last Christmas and didn't have any leftover. I didn't even serve them with the pizza sauce."

Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"I just made this tonight and neither my husband nor my 9 year old really cared for it. I personally thought they were okay but it wasn't something I would make again or if I had them at a dinner party it wasn't something I would ask the host for the recipe for."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2010

"One of my favorite appetizer recipes to share with friends! I'm making it tonight for a New Year's party. :-)"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"We made these for a family Christmas gathering and everyone loved them. I didn't have the roasted red peppers, so I substituted fresh red pepper that I sauted before adding to the filling mexture!"

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