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These Gluten-Free Ham and Pickle Roll Ups (aka pickle wraps) are literally the easiest things you will ever make. Perfect for after-school snacks, appetizers or finger-foods for parties.
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I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to make my kids’ lunches a little more fun. They’re growing up so fast, and I want them to have the best possible foods in their stomachs.
These Ham and Pickle Roll-Ups are so ridiculously easy to make, but they taste like a delicious treat from your childhood! They’re simple to make, and easy enough for even my kids to do on their own—plus they taste amazing. The pickles add just the right amount of crunch, but aren’t overpowering in any way. And the ham is a great low-carb protein source that keeps them feeling full all day long.
Only three simple ingredients are needed to make these ham pickle roll ups. You likely have them all in your refrigerator.
- Deli black forest ham or honey ham
- Cream cheese (reduced fat cream cheese can also be used)
- Pickle spears or baby dill pickles
Make Ham Rollups without a Pickle
If you don’t have pickles on hand, or you simply don’t want to add the pickle, just leave it out. We call these ham cream cheese roll ups. They are great either way! Sometimes I will just use ham (or turkey), cream cheese and jalapeño jelly to switch things up (oh man, I love it that way).
Any of these ways are a great alternative to sandwiches for lunchboxes. My youngest loves picking apart sandwiches and eating everything but the bread. Anyone else have one of those kids? This is a great way to save bread! If you have made these before, what variations do you like to do? We love hearing your ideas.
Some substitutions to try
These pickle rollups, or pinwheels, can be made dozens of different ways with all kinds of ingredients! I bet each one tastes better than the last! Thanks to a few readers suggestions here are some alternatives you can try:
- Mix Good Seasoning Ranch Dressing (dry) to the cream cheese mixture for some added flavor.
- Add garlic salt, bagel seasoning, ranch seasoning, herb seasoning, or minced onion to the cream cheese — or try chive and onion cream cheese.
- Use any deli meat you like: a slice of ham, salami, a thin layer of turkey or roast beef.
- Sprinkle cheddar cheese in the rollups.
- Garnish with diced green onions, tomatoes, olives, fresh chives, or diced red pepper.
- Try with deli roast beef or turkey slices instead of ham.
- All sorts of pickles: sweet pickles are delicious in this appetizer recipe.
- Make tortilla roll ups by using a tortilla wrap. Layer the meat, cream cheese and pickles on flour tortillas and then roll it up and slice. We call these tortilla pinwheels and we layer them on a platter for an easy appetizer for family get-togethers.
- Make a lettuce wrap. Layer the meat, cream cheese and pickles a lettuce leaf and then roll it up and slice.
These ham pickle rollups, sometimes called ham pickle wraps, are perfect for a quick last minute appetizer (think football season) or finger food for parties. Last time I made these, I served them with with these Finger Sandwiches for a lemonade “tea” party for my little girls. They complemented each other perfectly. If you want to make them ahead of time, cover each of the rollups individually in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge.
More appetizers to sample
Having a party? Try these or other appetizer recipes at your next game day party or family event. We have easy appetizer recipes for just about any occasion!
How to Make Ham and Pickle Roll Ups
Ham and Pickle Roll Ups
- 5 slices deli ham I like it sliced slightly thicker than sandwich slices
- 3-5 ounces cream cheese
- 5 dill pickle spears (or 10 baby dill pickles, use 2 per roll up)
- Lay out each slice of ham on a cutting board and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Evenly spread a layer of cream cheese on each ham slice with a butter knife.
- Place dill pickle spear at the end of each slice and roll up.
- Using a sharp knife, cut each roll cross-wise into 1/2" to 1" pieces. Use toothpicks to secure roll ups in place if needed.
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