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Meet your new favorite snack, appetizer, or meal — pickle cream cheese ham roll ups! Not only are they a delicious and satisfying treat, but they can also be whipped up in just a few minutes. Simply spread, top, and roll, and you’re ready to indulge in these delightful ham and cream cheese roll ups. If you’re a fan of the tangy flavors of pickle, cream cheese, and ham, this recipe is sure to become a household favorite.
And if you happen to have some extra ham on hand, you can also use it to create delectable dishes like deviled ham salad or chef salad.
Ingredients & Substitutions
In this section, we’ll guide you on how to choose the finest ingredients for your ham, cream cheese, and pickle roll ups, and offer substitution options. For precise measurements, please refer to the recipe card below.
Cream cheese: I opted for plain cream cheese, but you can also try savory flavored varieties, such as garlic herb cream cheese. For a dairy-free option, dairy-free cream cheese works just as well.
Ham: Select ham slices that are thick enough to prevent tearing but still thin enough to roll up effortlessly. I recommend choosing ham without added nitrates or nitrites. If you prefer, you can also substitute the ham with other deli meats like turkey.
Dill pickles: Choose pickles that have a similar width to your ham slices. While I used whole pickles, pickle spears will work wonderfully too.
Green onions: While optional, I highly recommend adding green onions to your roll ups for an extra burst of flavor and crunch. Fresh chives can also serve as a suitable substitute.
How To Make Ham Roll Ups
In this section, we’ll provide you with step-by-step photos and detailed instructions on how to prepare your ham and pickle roll ups. For the full recipe, including specific amounts and temperatures, please refer to the recipe card below.
Spread: Take each slice of ham and generously spread cream cheese on it.
Top: Place a pickle and some green onion on one end of the ham slice.
Roll: Gently roll up the pickle and cream cheese inside the ham, creating a tube-like shape.
Slice: Carefully cut each roll into smaller slices and secure them with toothpicks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are ham roll ups a healthy snack?
Yes, ham roll ups make for a healthy and satisfying snack. Each serving contains approximately 7.8 grams of protein!
Are ham and pickle roll ups gluten-free?
Absolutely! These ham and cream cheese roll ups are naturally gluten-free.
Can you make dairy-free ham cream cheese roll ups?
Certainly! By using dairy-free cream cheese, you can easily create a dairy-free version of this ham roll ups recipe.
Store your ham, cream cheese, and pickle roll ups in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Can you prepare ham roll ups in advance?
Yes, you can make ham roll ups a few days ahead of time.
Can you freeze ham roll ups?
I would not recommend freezing these roll ups, as the texture of the pickles and cream cheese may be compromised.
More Cold Appetizer Recipes
If you’re fond of this pickle cream cheese ham roll up recipe, you might also enjoy these other straightforward and appetizing cold appetizers:
- Deviled Eggs with bacon
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
- 7-Layer Taco Dip
- Cold Crab Dip
- Caprese Skewers