Pull Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels Rolls made with Leftover French Fries

Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

Tackling the leftovers is a big challenge. Last week we were at a burger place and we ended up ordering way more fries than we could handle. Usually, I don’t bring back the fries home as they become quite soggy and no one wants to touch it later. This time though, the fires were delicious and I just could not leave it back.

As always nobody wanted to eat the soggy fries and I really had to come up with something to make to justify my bringing back the fries. That is when, I had this idea to shred the fries and use it as filling for bread. Once shredded the fries were just cooked potatoes and they worked great in the recipe. If using fresh potatoes use about 3 potatoes to use to make the stuffing for the pinwheel rolls.I made a simple potato masala with the fries.

I used some mint chutney as the first layer. If you don’t have any mint chutney, you could use pesto or tomato chutney or anything else of your choice. Make sure that the chutney is not too liquid as it might ooze out when rolling. I also used some shredded Mexican blend cheese. This is completely optional and you could use any cheese of your choice or skip it all together.

Preparation time – 15 minutes plus about 3 hours of resting time
Cooking time – 20 minutes plus about 25 minutes of baking time
Difficulty level – medium

Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

Ingredients to make Pull Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels – Makes about 14

For the dough –

  • Bread flour – 2 cups
  • Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Flax meal – 2 tbsp
  • Instant yeast – 1 ½ tsp
  • Salt – 1 ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Luke warm water – about 1 cup

For the stuffing –

  • Left over French fries – I had quite a bit
  • Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Green chutney / Mint Chutney – about 4 tbsp
  • Cheese – about 1 cup (shredded)
  • Milk – to brush the surface

Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

Procedure to make Pull Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels –

To make the dough –

  • Combine the flours, flax meal, yeast, sugar and salt in the mixer bowl.
  • Add the oil and mix once. Now slowly add the warm water to make soft and slightly sticky dough. You may not need all the water or might need a little more depending on the flour.
  • Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is very soft and pliable.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it. Let it rise in a warm place for about 1 to 1 ½ hours or until it has doubled in volume.
Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

To make the filling –

  • I used my food processor to shred the fries. Shred or chop the fires into very small pieces. If using fresh potatoes; cook it and mash it up well.
Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels
  • In a pan, heat the oil. Add the cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  • Now add the chopped onions and fry until translucent. Add the turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala and salt. If using French fries, use just enough salt for the onions. The fries already are salted.
  • Add the shredded fries and mix well. Cook until the potatoes are softened.
  • Let the stuffing cool down to room temperature.
Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

To make the Pinwheel Rolls –

  • Once the dough has risen, place it on a floured surface and punch it down. Roll it into a rectangle about 12 inches wide and 18 inches long.
  • Spread the mint chutney evenly over the rolled dough.
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the chutney.
  • Now evenly spread the potato mixture. Make sure that you don’t over fill as it will be hard to roll.
  • Starting from the side closer to you, begin rolling the dough away from you. Roll it as tight as you can. Pinch and seal the edges.
Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels
  • Using a sharp knife cut the dough into even 1 inch rolls.
  • Place the rolls on a greased tray, leaving about ½ inch between to spread when rising.
  • Let it rest for about 45 minutes to an hour to rise.
Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels

Baking the pinwheel rolls –

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Brush the proofed rolls with milk and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and let it cool down a bit before serving.
Pull-Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels



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16 thoughts on “Pull Apart Potato Stuffed Pinwheels Rolls made with Leftover French Fries

  1. There is no such thing as left-over french fries in our house! Ha!! 🙂 But if there were, this is certainly a dish I would love to use them for. That looks perfect for a weekend brunch!

  2. Your post reminds me of my childhood days back in India. My mom used to pack something like these pinwheels for our lunch in school. Good old days. Now, I am craving for this.

  3. I didn’t know I could use fries leftovers to make a meal?! But yes, you’re right. Fries are just potatoes 😀 Great idea. Well we don’t have fries leftovers but if it works with fresh potatoes, great. Looks really really good. Stuffing sounds sooo delicious with all that spices and onion… yum!

  4. These look wonderful! I love how adaptable they can be. I could see adding some pesto into there with the potatoes it would be delicious. Genius idea for leftover fries, which we always have!

  5. This is wonderful idea to use left over fries. I don’t like the left over fries to eat but this stuffed pinwheels looks delicious I can eat few of them at a stretch.

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