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Ham Roll Ups

From Minnesota with love, Ham Roll Ups are a delicious party appetizer made deli ham, cream cheese, and pickle spears. They are salty, addictive, and the perfect tasty bite!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 216kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 slices (About 1 pound) sliced deli ham (see note 1)
  • 8 ounces whipped cream cheese (see note 2)
  • 8 dill pickle spears halved lengthwise and drained on paper towels (see note 3)

Instructions

  • Working with one slice of ham at a time, lay ham on a flat surface. Spread evenly with cream cheese, going all the way to the edges.
  • Place one pickle spear half on the short edge of the ham slice and roll tightly. Repeat with remaining ham, cream cheese, and pickles. Slice or serve whole.

Notes

  1. Deli ham: My favorite ham in the world is Badger Baked Ham. Beyond a good brand (Boar's Head is also excellent), choose a ham that has uniform slices rather than unevenly shaved ham. Or substitute corned beef, roast beef, turkey, or any deli meat you love.
  2. Cream cheese: You can use regular block cream cheese, but I usually buy the whipped variety because it's easier to handle and it spreads well. If you buy the block, just be sure to soften it up a bit.
  3. Pickle spears: Clausen's refrigerated pickles are my favorite, but there are lots of good brands out there, and everyone has their favorites. Buy the spears and slice them in half, or buy the halves and slice them into quarters or more.
  4. Yield: One batch of this recipe makes 16 whole pickle roll ups,  more depending on how many pieces you cut out of each.
  5. Make ahead: Make the roll ups the day before you need them (without cutting into pieces) and keep them chilled in the refrigerator in an airtight container so they can firm up. When you're ready to eat, cut them into slices with a sharp knife.
  6. Storage: Keep cold in the refrigerator until it's time to eat.
  7. Serve them whole: It just saves you the trouble of eating 16 or 20 slices. A decent compromise is to cut each roll up in half.
  8. Toothpicks: You can skewer the pieces with toothpicks, which make them easy to pick up and keeps the deli ham firmly attached to the pickle.
  9. Improvise: If the pickles you have are small, use the whole thing rolled up in the cheese. Or make smaller roll-ups if you have smaller slices of meat. Once you make one, you'll get the hang of it, I promise.
  10. Pickle roll-up dip: Mix 1 (8-ounce) block softened cream cheese with 6 finely chopped pickle spears and 2 ounces finely chopped deli ham. Chill to blend flavors and serve with pretzels and crackers. 
  11. Herbs: Fancy it up with herbed cream cheese or another flavor (chive and onion, jalapeño, or garden vegetable) and make it even more delicious. Some diehard fans mix a packet of ranch seasoning into the cream cheese before spreading.

Nutrition

Serving: 2whole roll ups | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1373mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg