Avocado Bacon Pinwheels

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This week's blog is from guest bloggers Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber from Garnish with Lemon. Lisa and Anna love to entertain and started their blog after years of friends hounding them for recipes and seeking advice about what to serve at parties. Their no-nonsense approach to entertaining has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Kitchn, Today.com and BuzzFeed. Lisa and Anna reside in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, home to Juicy Lucys, the Mall of America and lots and lots of lakes. 

This Avocado Bacon Pinwheels Recipe can do double duty as an appetizer for a party or an easy portable lunch. However you decide to serve it, it checks a lot of boxes. It's make-ahead, filling, easy to transport and comes together in minutes. How's that for a versatile recipe?

It's hard to go wrong with a snack that has all of my favorite ingredients in it: avocado, bacon AND cheese!  Naturally I added my favorite Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar cheese.  Its rich flavor is a tasty addition without being overpowering and complements the chicken and bacon perfectly. Sprinkle some fresh cilantro on top and the flavor combination cannot be beat.

Tips for making the perfect pinwheel:

  1. Don't spread the filling all of the way to the edge of the tortilla. Leave an inch around the edges will help prevent the filling from falling out when you roll them.
  2. Roll your tortilla as tightly as you can without smashing the filling.
  3. You can eat these pinwheels right away, but they are a lot easier to slice after they have been chilled for a hour. If you are short on time, pop them into the freezer for a few minutes.
  4. Keep the rolled up tortillas wrapped tightly in foil or plastic wrap until you slice them so they don't dry out.
  5. Use a sharp serrated knife to slice them cleanly.

These Avocado Bacon Pinwheels are one of my new favorite appetizers. I love that they are so filling without being really heavy and rich. It's just an added bonus that you don't need a dipping sauce for them and the fact that they are portable make them great picnic fare.

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Avocado Bacon Pinwheels

2 ripe avocados, mashed

3 tablespoons Greek Yogurt

Juice of 1 lime

2 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 cups shredded Kerrygold® Aged Cheddar Cheese

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup chopped bacon

6- 8 inch tortillas

salt and pepper to taste


In a medium bowl, mash the avocado and stir in the Greek yogurt and lime juice. Add chicken, cheese, and bacon to bowl and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide mixture evenly among the tortillas and spread evenly almost to the edge. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and roll up pinwheel style.

Chill for at least one hour and slice into 1/4 inch pieces and serve.