Flaky Garlic Bread Pinwheels
This is the kind of homemade appetizer that is going to win you accolades. Make them once and friends will begin to ask you for those “flaky, garlicky things” each time they drop by; it’s already happening to me! That’s not necessarily a bad thing because they’re something you can keep stocked in the freezer to bake off at a moment’s notice. They’ll bake in just the amount of time it takes to pop open a bottle of wine and pour everyone a glass, ensuring your happy hour is effortless.
These roll-ups are really just garlic bread in pinwheel form, and that’s exactly what makes them perfect. Combine softened butter with garlic, fresh parsley, and Parmesan; spread the mixture over a thawed sheet of puff pastry; roll it up; slice it; and bake. The result is a trifecta of butter, garlic, and flaky pastry perfection. The best part is that once the roll-ups are sliced, they can be frozen before baking. Then they can be baked off straight from the freezer, allowing you to reach for a handful for a party, or just a few if cocktail hour happens to be a party of one tonight.
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 1.25-pound box that contains 2 sheets), thawed but still cold
- All-purpose flour, for the work surface