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MONTE CRISTO PINWHEELS

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Thanksgiving week continues and today I’m sharing an appetizer everyone will love! Inspired by a popular sandwich, these baked Monte Cristo Pinwheels, with sweet ham, tender turkey, tangy Swiss cheese and Triple Berry Fruit Spread, are sweet and savory and will be a hit at all season long!

Monte Cristo Pinwheels

I love that Thanksgiving traditions are so similar and yet can be so unique and different in every home across the nation. Yes, we all gather with friends and family on the same day, and usually all have turkey, but the best way to make said turkey (fried, smoked, oven roasted) and the sides that go with it, can vary from region to region.

And dare I say it, there are even those families that don’t fuss over a big meal at home, but take advantage of the handful of restaurants open on Thanksgiving and go out to eat before heading out to shop.
Monte Cristo Pinwheels
Even the best time to serve dinner various from family to family. Growing up, my aunt or grandmother usually hosted Thanksgiving and would always serve Thanksgiving dinner promptly at 1pm. Sure this time was great for the guys who wanted to sit and relax after the feast while cheering on their favorite football team, but such an early dinner was not only stressful for the families driving in from out of town, but made for an early day for those helping to prepare the food.
Eric’s family is the opposite. Getting together early to watch the parade on TV and then the entire family gathering in an almost ceremonial way to watch as the turkey is lowered into the turkey fryer. Then the family working together, while football is on in the background, to cook and snack on appetizers, and then sitting down to dinner later in the afternoon around 3 or 4.
Monte Cristo Pinwheels
Monte Cristo Pinwheels
Now as the next generation is taking over the Thanksgiving duties, I have now hosted or helped host Thanksgiving dinner a time or two and always host our annual Friendsgiving. Even though it can be a lot of work, I loving fussing over the menu, the decor and preparing the food. And after having to host a few Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving dinners in my day, I have learned a lot over the years and have a lot of tips and tricks to make it a little bit easier.
Taken from my in-law’s way of doing things, I am all for making the dinner sit down time late afternoon. Thus allowing for more time to prepare the meal (and clean house!!) before guests arrive and not fill so rushed. Because of this later eat time, I make sure and have plenty of snacks/appetizers on hand for myself and when guests arrive early to help or hang out.
Monte Cristo Pinwheels

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