Onions caramelized in masala and swirled with flaky, buttery puff pastry. These are the perfect appetizer for any celebration!
These caramelized onion puff pastry pinwheels pay homage to my childhood favorite snacks called puffs. Puffs are warm pockets of goodness. That goodness can be anything from spiced potatoes to caramelized onions. Street-side stalls in India sell these puffs which are made hot and fresh for the evening rush when children are leaving school and parents are trekking back home through traffic.
My only complaint with the puffs that we bought was that there was far too little filling. So in my version of this dish, I created a pinwheel shape not only for its undeniably hypnotizing shape but also to ensure that there was plenty of filling in each and every bite. With some store-bought puff pastry sheets, these pinwheels are the easiest appetizer to feed a crowd or to serve at your next chai (tea) party.
Rely on how your onions look rather than the timing of the recipe. You are looking for the onions to brown and caramelize which may take shorter or longer depending on how hot “medium heat” is for your stove.This is how your onions should look after they have caramelized with the masala spices!
It really helps create clean cuts and spirals if you freeze your puff pastry log in the freezer before you cut it. You can always prep and freeze your pastry log up to a week ahead of time before you are ready to cut and bake.
Cut and Bake
These pinwheels are perfect for a chai (tea) party and are a great appetizer when hosting a big crowd.Print