If you are once again tearing your hair out trying to come up with something new and appealing to pack in your kids’ lunchboxes after only a week back in school, consider pinwheel sandwiches. Pinwheels are essentially wrap sandwiches, with fillings rolled tightly inside tortillas or slices of bread and then cut into small rounds that are perfect for little hands.
Not only are pinwheels delightfully cute, but they also are convenient. To hold their shape, they are refrigerated for at least 30 minutes or, preferably, overnight. This means you can make them before bed and wake up knowing you have one less thing to do before getting your kids to the bus stop in the morning.
Pinwheels are no more difficult to make than conventional sandwiches. For best results, follow these simple rules:
Flatbreads are best: Flatbreads, such as lavash or tortillas, are easiest to roll. But if your child will eat only white bread, simply cut off the crusts and flatten with a rolling pin before proceeding.
Start with a spread: A little butter, mayonnaise, soft cheese or salad dressing spread over the bread will keep the sandwich moist and help it stay rolled up.
Keep it simple: A spread, a slice or two of deli meat and maybe some lettuce or tomato is all you need to make a pinwheel sandwich. Overfilling your sandwich may cause it to unroll. And most kids prefer a straightforward combination of no more than two or three ingredients anyway.
Wrap and refrigerate: Construct your sandwich on top of a piece of plastic, then use the plastic to wrap the sandwich tightly. This way, you don’t have to pick up your sandwich and transfer it to a piece of plastic wrap, so there’s no risk it will fall apart during the transfer.