Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

If you’ve stuck around this here blog for long, you may remember the Sugar Rush of last year and the year before.

It just happens to be the time of year to be talking sweetsy treats, right? And I’ve loved doing just that over the last few years.

Well, this year, I’m changing things up a bit. I figure that since there will be a plethora of mighty delicious sugary sweetness rolling around the blogosphere, I’ll spend the next two weeks sharing my favorite appetizer recipes that might fit in with holiday entertaining (or just personal indulging). So consider this year to be the year Sugar Rush has been reinvented to fit into the more savory side of things.

Never fear, though! On each tasty, savory post, I’ll be highlighting one of my past Sugar Rush recipes (see the green box below for more evidence). You know, so you can get salty and sweet all in one place. Perfect! So let’s start.

Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

This appetizer may just be one of my favorite of the season. Seriously. A throwback…a little old school…these sizzling bacon pinwheels are a combination of everything delightful in my book: bread, cheese and bacon. Amen.

Slices of thick bread are rolled thin, spread with a fabulous, lightly spicy creamy cheese mixture and wrapped in bacon. The morsels are broiled to toasty perfection, leaving the flavorful cheesy filling melted and piping hot and the bread and bacon crisp and golden.

I dare you to eat just one!

Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

Yield: Makes 2 dozen pinwheels

Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced deli salami or ham, chopped fine
  • 3 green onions, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (like Tapatio)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 12 slices hearty white or wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 12 ounces bacon, halved crosswise


  1. Adjust an oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler heating element and heat the broiler. Set an oven-proof wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet. In a food processor (or with a hand mixer if you don't have a food processor), mix the cream cheese and cheddar cheese until smooth and well combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir in salami or ham, green onions, hot sauce and mustard. Mix well.
  2. Working with one slice of bread at a time, roll the bread as thin as possible with a rolling pin (don't forget to remove the crusts!). Evenly cover the bread with about 2 heaping tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Starting at the short edge, roll the bread into a tight cylinder. Cut each rolled bread log in half crosswise to form 2 smaller rolls and wrap each half in 1 piece of the bacon (that has also been cut in half crosswise), covering the bread completely. The bacon should stick to itself as it is rolled around and stay secure, but if not, feel free to secure with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining bread, filling and bacon.
  3. Place the rolls to the wire rack on the baking sheet. Broil until the bacon is crisp, 10 to 12 minutes, flipping halfway through broiling. Let the pinwheels cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cook’s Country Oct/Nov 2011

291 Responses to Sizzling Bacon and Cheese Pinwheels

  1. Janell says:

    Love the idea of appetizers! I’ll miss your new Sugar Rush recipes but I could certainly use more appetizer recipes–Perfect!

  2. kandi victorino says:

    you had me at bacon!

  3. Cathy K. says:

    I know these will be on our holiday party trays, thanks for sharing!

  4. Leisel says:

    You’re a genious!!!! We get the best of both worlds. Now, back to looking up that recipe I was going to use for tonight’s dinner!

  5. Michelle T. says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My hubby will LOVE these- bacon & cheese=perfect food for him 🙂

  6. Lisa says:

    Yum! These look really good! We love bacon around here. 🙂

  7. Lisa Brown says:

    These look amazing!!

  8. Valerie says:

    I love sugar rush! I’m glad it’s here again!

  9. Heather says:

    These look awesome! I love bacon and cheese. Thanks for many great recipes!

  10. Shannon says:

    So I have been working off some weight I gained in my last pregnancy and it’s hard when I want to make so many yummy things, sweet and savory. But I really do love your blog. Thanks for everything you share!

  11. Becky T says:

    These look absolutely delicious!!!

  12. Whitney says:

    Oh yum!! Can’t wait to try these!

  13. Stephanie W. says:

    Bacon . . . cheese . . . bread . . . yum!!!

  14. Erika says:

    These sound delicious, can’t wait to give them a try!

  15. Angie says:

    We do love bacon at our house. So this is sure to be a hit. Can’t wait to try them.

  16. Tammy says:

    These look soooo yummy!! Two questions though. Does the under side of the bacon get cooked okay without having to turn them over during cooking? And how in the world do I use an oven that has the broiler on the bottom!!? I am in this rental house that has it on the bottom. I didn’t even know that existed.

  17. Tammy says:

    Okay. I’m lame. I missed the instruction to flip them. Still wondering if you can help me w/ the broiler thing. 🙂

  18. Mel says:

    Tammy – I have to admit that I didn’t even know ovens came with broilers on the bottom. If I were you, I’d skip the broiling part and bake them at 425 or 450. I’m afraid of your broiler. 🙂

  19. Debbie says:

    So glad you did something savory. So many of us are trying to stay away from sugar, but still want scrumptious things to eat. Can’t wait to try them! Will serve with a salad for a yummy supper.

  20. Sarah McFarlane says:

    This is cruel! I am reading this late at night – too late to make this but not too late to be totally hungry and want it! I love anything bacon. Dipped bacon in chocolate last time I was pregnant. I am making this tomorrow!

  21. Valerie says:

    Mel – you are a wonder. my nephew introduced me to you and now I have shared you with my parents. I am more of a salty, savory gal who can’t wait to make these. YUM!!

  22. Brittany says:

    These look awesome! Just made bacon wrapped dates for thanksgiving, I will have to try these for Christmas…thanks!

  23. Karen says:

    My teenage son will LOVE these! Putting them on the list for our New Years Day menu (we do sandwiches and finger food-things). With 7 kids, though, I’ll have to make a double batch… LOL

  24. Heather says:

    I had something like this once at a party and they were sooooooooooo good. I’m so glad I finally have a recipe and can make them again.

  25. Chris says:

    It’s always great to pick up a new appetizer recipe and this one’s gotta be “da-bomb” – come on, cheese, bread AND bacon?!!!! Gotta be da bomb!

  26. Rachael I. says:

    This looks amazing! YUM!

  27. Rachel says:

    I’m so glad you are doing savory and not sweet! Although I do love my sweets, it’s definitely harder to find the savory ones this time of year. My husband loves bacon and my neighbor loves salty so I’ll be sure to make these and share the savoy love ;). Thanks!

  28. Heather Miller says:

    Thanks for the great recipe! My friend and I are doing an ugly sweater Christmas party this weekend and we are on the food portion of planning. These would be great to serve! I like this idea of switching up the sugar rush!

  29. Emily says:

    oh man. i bet i could eat a whole batch of these babies.

  30. Laura Hodgins says:

    These look perfect and all ingredients easily at hand. Will definately try this.

  31. Anne Cravens says:

    these look like the perfect holiday treat! Can’t wait to serve them to guests!!

  32. Jennifer Suckow says:

    I’ve never seen anything like these before. I think my family would live them. Thanks so much!

  33. Ashlee says:

    Okay perfect! I have a party where we’re supposed to bring our favorite party dish, and who cares if I’ve never had these before! I trust you implicitly and you can’t go wrong with bacon and cheese!

  34. Heather B. says:

    Ohh can’t wait to try this year’s offerings! These look so yummy!

  35. Marcey says:

    Wow, that looks amazing! Of course your recipes are always wonderful! Your blog is by far my favorite food blog. Looking forward to the change up this year.

  36. Candice says:

    Thank you so much for doing this. I get SOOOO sick of cookie and dessert recipes in December.

  37. sandi says:

    I’ve never seen this done with already baked bread! I’m going to have to try it this way, thank you!

  38. Amy M says:

    I am so thankful that you will he highlighting appetizers this year! I’m hosting two Christmas parties and a Birthday party this month and have had the hardest time finding a trusted recipe source with easy appetizers. Yeah!

  39. Camille says:

    I am SO happy you are doing this. I have to admit I would choose a yummy (cheesy) appetizer over most desserts! Can’t wait to see all the yumminess!

  40. kate c says:

    These look wonderful! May have to try them at my Christmas party next week. 🙂

  41. Anne says:

    Yum. I am craving everything bacon related. Including a certain shirt on Woot today.

  42. JEANNE says:

    YOU just hit everything I like with this post! uh, crunch, cheese, bacon, bread, bacon, crunch. yum!

  43. Shonna says:

    OK, a little help here! In the post, you credit the Cook’s Country Oct/Nov 2011 issue. I’ve gone through my copy three times and can’t find this recipe. What page is it on? Am I really so blind? Thanks 🙂

  44. Julia says:

    These look so yummy. I am in charge of appetizers this year for our family’s house to house celebration, so these will be perfect.

  45. Melanie says:

    These look amazing and I will definitely be making them for my open house next week. Can’t wait! Oh and I love your idea of ‘appetizers rush’. I could eat appetizers as my entire meal. Looking forward to all the recipes you’ll share with us in the coming weeks!

  46. Mel says:

    Shonna – it’s in the section where people write in with their lost recipes or they can write and request a lost recipe. It’s kind of an obscure little section. I threw away the page it was on already (after I posted) so I don’t have the page number – sorry! But it was in a little sidebar column on the right hand side of the page, if I remember right.

  47. Mirien says:

    Good call on posting alternatives to all the sweet stuff! Thank you–I’ll be checking everyday!

  48. Vicky says:

    These sound delicious, but not so healthful! Why can’t delicious things always be good for you?

  49. Breanne says:

    Yummy!! We always do appetizers on Christmas Eve and today I was just thinking of some new ones to mix in with our old favorites…these are going on the list!!! I can’t wait to see what other appetizers you post!!

  50. queenann says:

    I love this take on sugar rush. Should be fun!

  51. Melanie says:

    Anything with bacon is a winner. I’ll be making these for sure.

  52. Amanda says:


  53. Jnl2211 says:

    Definitely making these ASAP!

  54. Tiffany E says:

    Oh, this is a treat from heaven. Can’t wait to try them out. And I happen to have a pound of bacon in the fridge just begging to be treated right.

  55. Janelle says:

    These look amazing. Anything with bacon is a must make for me

  56. I love you for this. Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  57. Robin says:

    I need to try the pinwheels and the butter toffee popcorn. Both look so good!

  58. Laura says:

    Yum! I’d take savory over sweet any day. Especially savory and salty….ok, I’m hungry now.

  59. grace says:

    you’re welcome. 🙂
    ah, bacon. you make everything all right.

  60. omg…these look like a little slice of heaven!!!

  61. Carrie says:

    Yes! We have back-to-back Bowl Game and family Christmas parties, so these will be perfect!

  62. Rachel says:

    Bacon, bread, and cheese. Does it get any better than that?! Thank you for this! My husband will love them!

  63. These look beautiful! I make bacon wrapped dates all the time and they always look a little gross by the time they get on the plate. I never thought to put them on a wire rack to avoid them sitting in a pool of their own fat. Aren’t you so clever? And how wonderful, wrapping bread and cheese in bacon! What an easy way to class up things one might have handy in their fridge.

  64. Jill says:

    All these things I love…except bread. Sigh. Since I’ve discovered I’m gluten-intolerant in a mean way, bread is more appealing than ever. Why is that? 😉 These sound delicious. I think I’ll make a bunch and give them away. Talk about winning friends and influencing people.

  65. Anita says:

    Bacon. And Cheese. And bread. Together as they should be. I wonder if people would get upset if these were ALL I served on New Years? Doubt it! ::drool:::

  66. Karen says:

    Oh boy…. these sound yummy. How can you go wrong with bacon & cheese?

  67. Jodi Calhoun says:

    Okay, how did you know I’m facing a huge New Year’s Eve Party. I’ve been trying to not make myself planning with too ambitious goodies. These pinwheels sound and look perfect for a spot on the buffet. Thanks!

  68. Lisa Hansen says:

    Am I too late 😉 as always, love your recipes and share them with all who will listen!

  69. juliann says:

    you had me at Bacon!

  70. Think I might make a big batch as a Christmas present for myself mmm…

  71. What a great idea going with appetizers instead of sweets/cookies this time of year! (Bacon doesn’t hurt either :P)

  72. Shaura miller says:

    Very very good 🙂

  73. Karyn says:

    Goodnight. I have to remember that your blog will still be here in the morning 🙂

  74. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Yum! I just bought some bacon but hadn’t decided what to do with it-maybe this!

  75. Luda says:

    Mel-definitely going to try these. These look really easy and quite tasty. Just bummed that we just had a party before these posted. Maybe I should just throw another party.

  76. Adriana says:

    I am so happy to have just found your blog while searching for an Almond Roca recipe! All of your recipes look AMAZING and I cant wait to try these warm little bundles 🙂

    Thank you

  77. These were a HUGE hit at the potluck, ran out of them quick! Thanks! Wonton Pizza next!

  78. Charity Brock says:

    We tried these tonight – fantastic!!! Used Crystal hot sauce, and a nice grainy whole wheat bread. ^_^

  79. Wendy says:

    We made these for New Year’s Ever and everyone LOVED them! People were moaning. I only allowed myself one and I still feel fat two days later, but they were yummy.

  80. Allison says:

    These sound great, for years I have made an easy appetizer by just taking slices of white bread with crust removed, spreading them with cream cheese. Next you slice them into 3 or 4 slices, roll each slice and wrap with a piece of bacon. Bake until browned! Super simple and everyone asks for the recipe and they are great hot or at room temp so they travel well to parties. So I am excited to try this new twist on my old favorite.

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  82. Krista says:

    Hey Mel, do you think you could use crescent rolls in Lu of bread? Or would it burn?
    Thanks for being my go to website. Every dinner, potluck treat, etc comes from you! Planning my bridal shower and need some yummy food! Thanks again

    • Mel says:

      Krista – I don’t use crescent rolls so I’m not sure. You would probably have to watch closely for the burning factor but also to make sure they get cooked through since they aren’t cooked unlike the bread in the original recipe. You might try baking instead of broiling so they have time to cook through all the way.

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  84. Teresa says:

    These look amazing. I am going to make them for my neighborhood “adopt-a-family” party coming up. But I am you use salami or ham? Does the salami give it more of an interesting taste? Thanks for all you do. This blog is my daily/weekly pick-me-up.

  85. Julie McIntosh says:

    These look absolutely AMAZING! They also remind me of an app my mom used to make in a muffin tin with bread as the crust, cheese, egg mixture poured in and topped with bacon. So making these for a football party!

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  87. Sonya says:

    Hi Mel!
    Quick question. What are your thoughts are transporting this app? I have an Easter dinner on Saturday and these look yummy. If I prepared them (minus the bacon) and assembled them when I got there, do you think they would stand up? Say 1-2hrs? Or do you figure the cream cheese mixture would make them soggy?

    Side note: I have made your chocolate chip cake 3x in 2 weeks… we love it. Clearly. : )

    As always, a big thanks from Canada for all your recipes!

    • Mel says:

      Sonya – this app is so delicious but it really doesn’t hold up well to hours of sitting. They are best served as hot out of the oven as possible. Know what I mean?

  88. Sonya says:

    Yes, I totally get it. Sorry I was too busy drooling I didn’t explain myself. What if I prepared them (to the point of spreading the mixture and rolling them) and then wrapped them in bacon and broiled them when I got to my sister-in-laws? Or I could find something more portable… can’t be hard with all your options! : )

    • Mel says:

      Oh, got it. Sorry, I think that was my fault for not getting what you meant (that’s what happens when I respond to comments while watching The Voice). So anyway, YES, I think you could totally do that. As long as you keep them cool until wrapping in bacon and baking, I don’t think the cream cheese will be a big problem.

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