Easy Appetizer- Cream Cheese Roll Ups

This is a super easy appetizer and one of our family’s go-to recipes when we are entertaining or when we are asked to bring an appetizer to share. They are delicious and easy to make and they only use 3 ingredients: Olives, Cream Cheese & Sliced Ham.

To make them, lay out your ham and spread the cream cheese over the top. Roll the ham lengthwise, then stick toothpicks about an inch apart from each other. Lastly, take a knife or some kitchen shears and cut the ham in between the toothpicks so they are now individual bites. Serve and enjoy!


– Take your cream cheese out of the refrigerator way in advance to soften it up so it is easier to spread on the ham.

– The thicker the ham, the better. Not only does it taste great, the thick slices are less-likely to tear when you spread the cream cheese.

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  1. Sandy says

    I’ve been making these for years, but I sprinkle garlic salt on before rolling up. I also place the ham on paper towel to dry before spreading with cream cheese. Makes the cream cheese easier to spread. Roll up and wrap in plastic wrap to hold shape, cut the following day, garnish with parsley. Oh and the olives can then be placed inside the roll up too! I cut each slice of ham into 6 equal sized pieces. Enjoy!!