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cheesy vegan pumpkin rolls

These crispy, cheesy, savoury pumpkin rolls were created in an attempt to boycott silly, childish Halloween recipes that have eyeballs and fake blood on them. You know what I’m talkin’ about! Look, cool if you like that kind of stuff, but I don’t and I didn’t want to feel pressure to make a Halloween themed recipe for the blog or YouTube. So what I ended up making uses some of my fave ingredients like vegan puff pastry and canned pumpkin puree! I’ll never get sick of those 2 things. And in the end they are sorta Halloween-like. They look festive not cheesy… well, not like that kind of kitchy cheesy, but they’re obviously deliciously cheesy!

Watch the step by step video of how to make them or keep scrolling for the recipe.

Sink your teeth into these mesmerizing pastries! They’re cheesy, herby, crispy, and oh so pumpkiny.

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cheesy vegan pumpkin rolls

these savory pumpkin rolls are cheesy, herby, and crispy! They're the perfect fall appie.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword pastry, pumpkin
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 52 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 16 rolls
Author Lauren Toyota

Ingredients

  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt + pinch
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper + pinch
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 C herb & garlic vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 C grated vegan parmesan (or other grated cheese of your choice)
  • 1 pkg / 1 lbs puff pastry (thawed overnight in the fridge)

Instructions

  1. To roast the bulb of garlic, preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut the whole bulb in half lengthwise and coat with 1 tsp olive oil on top of the cloves and a pinch of sea salt and ground pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and the cloves are caramelized and soft.

  2. Once the garlic is done roasting set the oven to preheat to 425°F.

  3. Combine the roasted cloves of garlic with pumpkin puree, the remaining 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1/4 tsp ground pepper, nutritional yeast, sage, rosemary, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese until well combined. You can also pre-make the filling the night before and the flavors will develop even more.
  4. Lightly flour a clean counter surface, your hands, and a rolling pin and roll out the pastry to a rectangle about 18" wide x 12" high and about 1/8" thick. As you roll the pastry out lift it every so often and lightly flour underneath the pastry to ensure it doesn't stick. Flip the rectangle of pastry to ensure the short end of the pastry is facing you.
  5. Spread all the filling evenly onto the pastry and right out to the edges. Then roll up from the short end tightly, like a pin wheel or jelly roll.
  6. Cut the log in half. If the pastry feels warmer and is too soft to cut evenly after rolling it up, just wrap the halves of the log in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate or place in the freezer until firmer. Do not freeze solid, just enough to get the log and pastry more firm. Then slice into 1/2" slices delicately with a long sharp knife. Don't push down or all the filling will squeeze out and your rolls will be very misshapen. Rather saw back and forth through the log.
  7. Place the rolls or slices onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Again, if the rolls are also quite warm by the time you've placed them on a baking sheet refrigerate or freeze the baking sheet with the rolls on them so they go into the oven cold.
  8. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Remove the baking tray from the oven and you can remove the rolls immediately to a serving platter for snacking!

7 comments

  • Yujeong Yun 1 year ago

    I made this for ‘get-together weekend’ for my friends and they were the BOMB! With savoury filling and sweet puff pastry, it was a perfect combination. I used the Parmesan cheese from Earth Island and garlic&herb cream cheese spread from Yoso, and they worked perfectly in this recipe. I am not sure if it’s something that I did, but the rolls didn’t hold its shape at the end. Regardless, the product wasn’t too messy, and it was 100% YUMMY. Thank you so much Lauren for the recipe!

  • Hélène G. 1 year ago

    Amaizingly tasty and beautiful rolls! A real burst of flavours wow!! To be baked again and again 😊

  • Jenny Walrod 1 year ago

    Do you think I could sub out butternut squash puree in place of pumpkin? if yes, would you suggest any other recipe suggestions. Hoping to make these today or tomorrow latest, so any quick tips are greatly appreciated! TIA

  • Ryan Dillard 1 year ago

    Amazing recipe, It looks easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cindy Seip 1 year ago

    Delish!!!! I made these for my family tonight and they were a BIG hit! For the cream cheese, I used Miyoko’s double cream garlic herb and for the parmesan cheese, I used Follow your Heart. I substituted the pumpkin for butternut squash and also added spinach. I can’t wait to try more your recipes!!!

    • Lauren Toyota 1 year ago

      YUM love that cheese!

  • Cindy Seip 1 year ago

    Delish!!!! I made these for my family tonight and they were a BIG hit! For the cream cheese, I used Miyoko’s double cream garlic herb and for the parmesan cheese, I used Follow your Heart. I substituted the pumpkin for butternut squash and also added spinach. I can’t wait to try more your recipes!!!

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