Next time you're planning party food, consider making pinwheel recipes without cream cheese.
Pinwheels are a classic appetizer that always pleases, but if you’re looking for delicious recipes without using cream cheese, it can be hard to know where to start.
In this blog post we'll take a look at some easy pinwheels without cream cheese so you can make simple appetizers without relying on dairy products.
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Can you make pinwheels without cream cheese?
Of course! Instead of using cream cheese for pinwheels, there are plenty of flavorful alternatives that can be spread over tortillas or dough when making rollup pinwheels.
To top it off, flavorful herbs like dill and basil are great additions if you're looking to add some zest to your pinwheels. With so many delicious combinations available to get creative with, your guests won’t miss cream cheese.
What to use instead of cream cheese
Many pinwheel appetizer recipes, especially the cold ones, use cream cheese or flavored cream cheese as the spread. But there are plenty of other things you can use! Aim for finding a thick spread that helps the ingredients stick to the tortilla once it is rolled up. We recommend:
- horseradish sauce
- olive tapenade
- onion dip
- peanut butter
- pimento cheese
- pizza sauce
- refried beans
More appetizers without cream cheese
Whether you're avoiding dairy or just don't have any on hand, we have plenty of simple appetizer recipes to enjoy. Try our dairy free dips! Make homemade hummus with white beans, or try our Baba Ghanoush.
Appetizers with meat typically do not have cream cheese, like sweet and spicy meatballs or Asian chicken wings.
Classic appetizers like deviled eggs are always a hit, too. Any of these are great party additions along with pinwheels without cream cheese.
Pinwheel Appetizers Without Cream Cheese
Cold Pinwheel Appetizers without Cream Cheese
These pinwheels are rolled in tortillas and are served cold.
Veggie pinwheels with hummus are loaded with flavor and texture.
Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels
Super easy, fun and quick to make, these tortilla pinwheels are loaded with your favorite Mexican flavors. These finger food appetizers take minutes to make and are a great make ahead option if you are entertaining.
Turkey Roll Ups
These easy turkey roll ups are filled with smoked turkey, swiss cheese, avocado and spinach, all wrapped up and sliced into pinwheels. The perfect easy lunch or party snack!
Zucchini Rolls with Guacamole
Tender zucchini rolls with guacamole are a light and delicious appetizer that you can easily make. They're a low-carb alternative to traditional pinwheel appetizers.
Thai Pinwheels with Peanut Sauce
These easy Thai Pinwheels with Peanut Sauce have all the flavors of spring rolls, but in a different package.
Baked Pinwheel Appetizers without Cream Cheese
These pinwheels use phyllo or other dough and are baked in the oven.
Olive and Cheese Pinwheel Appetizers
Olive and Cheese Pinwheels are a fuss-free appetizer and only takes three ingredients.
Baked Pimento Cheese Pinwheels
It doesn't get easier than this! Just two ingredients make these tasty pimento cheese pinwheel appetizers.
Prosciutto & Parmesan Puff Pastry Pinwheels
These Prosciutto & Parmesan Puff Pastry Pinwheels are a show-stopping appetizer that are deceptively easy to make.
Gruyere Prosciutto Pinwheels Appetizer
These Gruyere Prosciutto Pinwheels are a festive appetizer! This recipe is made with Puff Pastry, cheese, and baked until hot and bubbly.
Pizza Pinwheels Recipe
You can add your own pizza toppings as well and make them your own. This is such a fun and unique way to make pizza!
Sausage Pumpkin Pinwheels Appetizers
Easy to make, this recipe uses just a few ingredients, like puff pastry, sausages, pumpkin puree, cheese, and green onions.
Christmas Pinwheels Appetizer
Vibrant pesto and sun-dried tomatoes make these holiday pinwheels green and red.