‘Pinwheels’ are the Lettuce version of a Roulade which is a French culinary term meaning “to roll” and typically is a meat or pastry filled with any number of ingredients. A version of the roulade is made in many countries around the world and goes by these other names:
America – Stuffed steak, flank or sirloin pounded thin then stuffed with veggies and herbs
Italy – Braciole prounounced [bra-jol], consisting of beef, pork or chicken usually filled with Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and eggs
France – Paupiette, a veal version filled with vegetables, fruits or sweetmeats (glands)
Germany – Rouladen, beef filled with onions, bacon and pickles
Germany – Kohlrouladen, cabbage filled with minced meat.
Poland – Zrazy, typically made with beef and served with a sour cream sauce
Czechoslovakia – Španělské ptáčky meaning “Little Spanish birds”- meat filled with egg, hot dog, and pickle then steamed in a sauce
Hungary – Szüz tekercsek meaning “Virgin Roulade”- filled with minced meat
Netherlands – Rollade, mostly made from pork and traditionally not filled, spiced with pepper, salt, and nutmeg
There are also dessert roulades typically made from spongecake filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, ganache, jam and sometimes fruit, and then rolled up jellyroll fashion. They are commonly known as “Swiss rolls” and “Yule logs” at Christmastime.