Breakfast Pinwheels: Have you ever noticed that a skillet and a tortilla are the same size? Makes these egg and cheese breakfast pinwheels really easy to make! Check out the post for my sizing tricks!
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Egg and Cheese Breakfast Pinwheels

Guys, breakfast or brunch is my absolute favorite meal. But, I do have one issue with the meal, especially when I’m hosting others. A lot of the best brunch dishes are good warm or cold, but rarely both.

Also a lot of the best brunch dishes are substantial and hard to make for a crowd. Have you ever tried to cook eggs benedict for eight? I have and it felt like I opened Nick’s Diner. It was pretty much chaos.

In my hunt to find brunch dishes that are excellent finger food and also great warm or if they sit for a bit, these pinwheels came to mind.

After I cooked a bunch of them, I convinced myself that skillet manufacturers make 12-inch skillets solely so these breakfast pinwheels can be made. You’ll see what I mean. It’s awesome.

Breakfast Pinwheels: Have you ever noticed that a skillet and a tortilla are the same size? Makes these egg and cheese breakfast pinwheels really easy to make! Check out the post for my sizing tricks!

Breakfast Pinwheels

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Breakfast Pinwheels rolled with a thin scrambled egg layer, cheese, and chopped spinach! Two easy variations are included!

Ingredients

2 12-inch flour tortillas
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 cup chopped spinach
Salt and pepper
2 oz. feta cheese (per tortilla)
or
2 oz. cheddar cheese (per tortilla)
Hot sauce (optional)
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Helpful Equipment

Fry Pan

Directions

1) Chop spinach finely and whisk eggs (2 per bowl). Grate or crumble cheeses.

2) In a 12 inch nonstick skillet, add 1 teaspoon butter over medium heat. Once melted, add scrambled eggs and swirl to spread eggs over surface. Cook for about a minute until eggs are mostly set.

3) Sprinkle thin eggs with desired cheese and cover for 30 seconds.

4) Using a spatula, slide cooked eggs onto flour tortilla. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and spinach. Roll tortilla tightly and cut into six even pinwheel pieces.

Repeat with second tortilla (or as many as you need).

Serve while warm.

The Breakfast Pinwheel Coincidence

12-inch tortillas and 12-inch skillets. It’s fairly amazing that this is the first recipe that I’ve ever made that relied entirely on this set up.

You don’t need those exact sizes, but you do need a nonstick skillet and a tortilla that’s the same size.

Breakfast pinwheels

Coincidence?!

Quick Cooking

These cook incredibly fast. You could make a whole tray of them in 10 minutes.

Make sure you have all your ingredients ready to go before you even heat a pan. I think spinach is the perfect addition to these so chop a big mound of it before you get started. Of course, you could use other greens!

Breakfast pinwheel fillings.

Filling prep.

Making the Breakfast Pinwheels

Okay. Time to cook. For a 12-inch skillet, two eggs is perfect for the thickness we need. If you were doing an 8 inch tortilla/skillet combo, then one egg would be enough, but that would also be some wussy pinwheels.

Breakfast pinwheel eggs.

Two eggs per pinwheel.

Heat your skillet over medium heat with about a teaspoon of butter. When the butter is melted, swirl it around the pan and then pour in the scrambled egg.

Swirl the egg around the pan so it covers the pan in a thin, even layer. It’ll cook fast so work fast!

Breakfast pinwheel eggs cooking.

In the skillet!

After the egg has cooked for maybe a minute, it should be mostly set. Sprinkle on your cheese of choice and cover the skillet. Let the egg steam for 20-30 seconds.

Breakfast pinwheel feta.

Cheese and cover.

Executing the Slide

Once your egg is cooked and the cheese is warm (or melted), use a spatula to gently slide the egg onto a tortilla. It should be a perfect fit!

Breakfast pinwheels.

Slide it out!

Season the egg with salt and pepper and sprinkle on some of that chopped spinach.

Breakfast pinwheel.

Spinach!

A Spicy Alternative

I think the feta version is great if you aren’t going to eat them immediately. They wouldn’t be great after an hour (what egg dish would), but they could easily sit for 20-30 minutes and still be tasty.

If you are eating them immediately though, change it up with some cheddar cheese which gets super melted during the quick steam.

Breakfast pinwheels.

Cheddar version!

Then spinach and hot sauce!

Breakfast pinwheel spicy.

Spicy version!

Whatever variety you choose, roll them up into a tight cylinder and then chop them up into sixths so each pinwheel is about 2 inches thick.

Interestingly, you can also just make one of these for a quick, personal rolled egg burrito, but I think they are more impressive chopped up and stacked high.

Definitely add these to your next breakfast/brunch menu!

Breakfast Pinwheels: Have you ever noticed that a skillet and a tortilla are the same size? Makes these egg and cheese breakfast pinwheels really easy to make! Check out the post for my sizing tricks!

9 comments on “Egg and Cheese Breakfast Pinwheels

  1. This sounds delicious. Like that it can be made for one person. I will give it a try.

  2. So simple! I feel like an idiot for never thinking of this myself! The possibilities are endless…thin sliced ham, finely diced onions/peppers, crumbled bacon…yum! Gonna have to try this tomorrow morning!

  3. This idea is awesome, with so many possibilities & variations! I’ve made something similar using garlic flavoured wraps with egg & ham, but love your suggestions of spinach & cheese. Another winner Nick :-)

  4. It’s almost as if the tortilla and skillet are a match made in heaven. I think this is a great vehicle to try out all those interesting bits you can get at the supermarket. Plus, what an awesome vehicle to use up those leftovers kicking around.
    Nick, what do you think about rolling up some of these bad boys, wrap and freeze, and having a new breakfast sandwich available for that morning commute and you’d like a change?

    1. Yea. You could definitely freeze them. I guess my argument against that would be that I think it takes as long to make one from scratch as it takes to reheat one… They cook incredibly fast. But yea, if you were inclined to freeze/reheat I think it would work great!

  5. Love these! I make them even faster by eliminating the “gently slide the egg onto a tortilla” step by pressing the tortilla right on top of the eggs just before they set. Then flip it right out onto a cutting board, add toppings and roll up. The eggs don’t shift around when cutting or eating this way so they can be eaten on the run if need be. Thanks for sharing a great option for breakfast or brunch!

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