ham & cream cheese pickle roll-ups

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Yes, I still have more appetizer recipes to share with you thanks to the ridiculous amount of them that I made for Super Bowl Sunday. Ohmygoodness. They were all sooooo good too. This is one of my favorites and it hails from my childhood. My grandma and great aunts made these around the holidays, and there were never any left over, which is always the sign of a good recipe. This one is a keeper!

The amount of roll ups you get depends on how thin you spread the cream cheese. I like a thick layer, so I always end up with fewer appetizers.

48 to 64 bite size appetizers:

12 to 16 slices of deli ham (cut a medium thickness)

8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

12 to 16 smallish pickles (I use Milwaukee’s kosher baby dills)

Lay ham slices out on a large cutting board. Evenly spread approximately 1 Tablespoon of cream cheese on each ham slice so it reaches the edges. Place a pickle at one end of the cream cheese ham slice and roll it up.  Repeat with the rest of the ham slices and pickles. Once you have 12 to 16 rolls, place them on a platter and refrigerate for 2 hours. Once the two hours is up, remove the rolls from the refrigerator. Using a very sharp knife, cut each roll into 4 pieces. Place roll ups in a airtight container in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

For a pretty presentation: Arrange roll-ups on a serving platter with a toothpick in each.



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  22 comments for “ham & cream cheese pickle roll-ups

  1. Kat
    February 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    HA! Love these! My sister in law calls it “Redneck Sushi”..so simple, but sooooooo good!

    • Melissa
      February 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      LOL! Cute name 😉 I agree, soooo yummy! Thanks for visiting, Kat!

  2. Connie
    March 8, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Had these at a friends house. Simply ate until I was stuffed. They are WONDERFUL. She told us the recipe. We tried to make them but they were a simple flop. Now I know why. She didn’t really give us a recipe. She just said, ham, pickles, creme cheese. Thanks to your recipe we will actually get it right. I will be making these for ballgames etc during March Madness. I will also make them at any time because they are so good.

    • Melissa
      March 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Hi there, Connie! I’m so happy you like my recipe! Your sweet comment made my day. 🙂 XOXO ~M

  3. Debbie
    March 10, 2016 at 5:38 am

    We call them Iguana Droppings LOL

    • Melissa
      March 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      LOL! Well, I’ve never heard that before… I have heard versions of this called Dinosaur Eggs before 🙂 hee hee! Thanks for sharing, Debbie.

  4. Jane
    March 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

    My mother use to make these all the time for parties. She has been gone now 30 years. I still make now and then to take places. I also make her bacon roll ups for parties every year too.

    • Melissa
      March 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Awesome food memories, Jane 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by to leave a comment. XO ~M

    • Sandra
      March 12, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      what are bacon roll ups? are they made the same and you use bacon instead of ham?

      • Jane
        March 13, 2016 at 7:03 am

        Cut bacon in half take a piece of white bread remove crust and cut into quarters. Place 1/4 of bread on 1/2 of bacon sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Roll up secure with toothpicks sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese. Bake 375 for 15 minutes on a wire rack so grease drains , turn over sprinkle more cheese and bake an additional 15 minutes or until as crispy as you like. Delicious,!!! people think it’s scallops inside until they try it. Lol

  5. Connie
    March 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    I have made these with dried beef instead of ham. We called them Frog Eyes!

    • Melissa
      March 10, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Cute name, Connie! 🙂

  6. Dana
    March 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Pickle in the middle!

    • Melissa
      March 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Also an adorable name for this easy little nibble. Thanks, Dana 🙂

  7. Kathy De
    March 10, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I make these with scallions…..very tasty!

    I just call them ham roll ups!!!!

    • Melissa
      March 11, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      YUM! I love the addition of scallions. Great idea. XO ~M

  8. Dwight Earl
    November 17, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Has anyone tried these with small sweet pickles?

    • Melissa
      November 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Yes! also wonderful! 🙂

    • Bonnie
      November 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Yes they are delicious

  9. Nancy
    April 19, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Looks yummy, will be at my next party.

  10. Lise
    April 10, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I use Buddig pastrami. We call it Iowa sushi. Use the whipped cream cheese.

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