Cranberry Arugula Pinwheels

Open Kitchen: Cranberry Arugula Pinwheels

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GREATER TORONTO – As any home entertaining enthusiast will tell you, a warm and welcoming open house doesn’t always have to be related to real estate. In fact, holding a festive holiday drop-in is a great way to connect with friends, family and neighbours.

If you’re planning on having company over, but still need to find a great last-minute appetizer or snack, this Open House recipe is a perfect fit as all of the ingredients can be found without too much difficulty. The tastes of tangy arugula and festive cranberry are sure to please the palettes of your holiday guests – and they’re vegetarian, friendly, too.


  • 250g tub of cream cheese (light or regular, depending on your preference)
  • 142g package Craisins® dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pre-rinsed baby arugula
  • 1 package of 7” whole wheat tortillas
  • Toothpicks

Cranberry Arugula Pinwheels – Instructions

  1. Wash hands thoroughly prior to cooking, and put on sanitary gloves if available – you will be handling the ingredients with your hands throughout assembly!
  2. Lay one tortilla flat on a clean plate and, using a butter or cheese knife, cover with an even spread of cream cheese. The cheese should extend to about half a centimetre from the edge of the flatbread.
  3. Sprinkle a small handful of cranberries evenly atop the cream cheese
  4. Repeat Step 3 with rinsed arugula.
  5. Starting nearest you, carefully roll the flatbread over itself. You should be left with a firm tube roughly 1.5”-2” in diameter (depending on thickness of cream cheese layer.)
  6. Cut the tube into sections, about 2” long. If you’re picky about presentation, you may want to discard the end pieces.
  7. Put a toothpick through each cut section. This will enable easier grabbing, and help keep everything held together.
  8. Grab another tortilla and repeat steps 1-7. Feel free to keep going until you have enough for your guests, or you run out of an ingredient.


Serve pinwheels on a decorative platter. The arugula and tart cranberries should provide plenty of flavour to contrast the mellow cheese, so an accompanying sauce or dip shouldn’t be necessary! Pairs well with mulled wine or hot apple cider.

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